- Applications will be judged on their benefits within Washington State ONLY.
- Only organizations which have expended all previous grant funds and filed timely and satisfactory reports on previous Northwest Fund standard grants will be eligible for consideration for a subsequent standard grant. Such reports must be received by the deadline stated in your grant agreement.
- All first time applicants may only apply for project support.
- Applicant nonprofit organizations should be classified as 501(c)(3) public charities by the Internal Revenue Service. We do not make grants to individuals or for-profit organizations.
- We do not make grants intended to influence legislation or to support candidates for political office.
CRF Program Eligibility
All organizations that meet our general criteria are eligible for CRF grants
- Organizations that have completed a CRF grant may apply the following year for a standard grant or another CRF grant
- Organizations not selected for a grant may reapply in consecutive rounds
- Organizations that have current Standard grants may apply for a CRF on other work, separate from their current funding, as long as it meets CRF criteria.
- An organization may receive a maximum of three consecutive CRF Grants, and may not apply again for one calendar year.
Grant Duration & Amounts
- Standard grants - The duration of Northwest Fund grants is 16 months. The Foundation requires grantees to propose a scope of work lasting up to 16 months, complete the entire 16 month grant period, and submit afinal report prior to applying for a new standard grant. Standard grants are available in amounts from $3,000 - $20,000.
- Community Response Fund Grants - These grants are awarded on an annual basis for a period of up to one year. Community Response Fund Grants are available in amounts from $500 - $3,000.
LimitationsWe DO NOT fund the following:
- Endowments or capital campaigns
- Debt reduction or loans to organizations
- Capital projects, such as building acquisition or construction, large equipment purchases or vehicle acquisition.
- Land acquisition
- Structural restoration, such as tree planting or culvert removal. (We will consider funding policy, advocacy, and legal work related to restoration but not the work itself.)
- Purely educational activities (except when an integral part, but only one component, of your application) Please see Education Policy.
- Organization of, scholarships for, or support of public conferences, as distinct from invited meetings or convening of groups engaged in related efforts
- Youth group support
- Production of publications and videos for the general public
- Web page development
- Museum displays
- Art projects, including performances; visual art projects and arts education
- Partisan political activities
- Academic scholarships or fellowships
- Academic research
- University overhead costs
- Field research (except when an integral part, but only one component, of your application)