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Grants to Washington Nonprofits to Improve the Quality
of Life in Kitsap County and North Mason County

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Kitsap Community Foundation (KCF)

Deadline Date:

09/27/19 5:00 PM PST


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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life for residents in Kitsap County and North Mason County. Funding is intended for community grants, youth mentoring, family reconciliation and foster children, and health equity and behavioral health.

There are four types of grants:

Community Grants: Meeting a broad range of substantiated local needs improves the quality of life in Kitsap County and surrounding areas. These grants are available within the following program areas:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Children and Youth Development
  • Education
  • Environment and Animal Welfare
  • Health and Human Services

Foster Children and Family Reconciliation: These grants, available through the Sound Institute of Family and Children's Services Endowed Fund, may be awarded to nonprofit organizations that serve adolescents and their families:

  • Help youth (adolescents up to the age of 25) who have been in the foster care/child welfare system make positive transitions through residential programs, counseling, employment assistance, scholarships, or other supportive services, or:
  • Offer residential and non-residential services designed to facilitate family reconciliation for adolescents in conflict with their families.

Youth Mentoring: These grants are specifically for mentoring programs. The Foundation defines mentoring programs as organized, ongoing activities aimed at providing quality and mutually beneficial relationships between competent adults and young persons, with the goal of creating positive youth development.

Behavioral Health and Health Equity: This grant supports small and medium-sized organizations doing work in the fields of behavioral health and health equity in Kitsap County and North Mason County.

Grant activities could include programs or organizations that have purposes such as the following. 

  • Increase access or affordability of behavioral health services, especially for people from underserved populations. 
  • Prevent or address the behavioral health needs of children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences.
  • Equip staff with behavioral health training such as trauma-informed care.
  • Priority will be given to proposals that serve underserved communities including people of color, low-income populations, rural populations, and children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150736

Number of Grants:

Youth Mentoring: One or more grants will be allocated in 2019.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Community Grants: Up to $5,000.
- Foster Children and Family Reconciliation: Applicants may apply up to $6,800 for each year.
- Youth Mentoring: Grants of up to $1,200 will be allocated in 2019.
- Behavioral Health and Health Equity: Grant amounts will range from $5,000 to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

- Foster Children and Family Reconciliation: Applicants may apply for 2-year grants.
- Behavioral Health and Health Equity: Grant funds must be used during the 2020 calendar year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

KCF supports charitable organizations that benefit Kitsap County & North Mason County. Such evidence may include tax returns, corporate charter and by-laws, financial statements, an IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter, and other evidence of accomplishments.

If your organization is already a grantee of Premera Blue Cross, you are not eligible for the Behavioral Health and Health Equity grant opportunity

The Foundation does not award grants to provide or support:
1. Annual campaign appeals
2. Capital campaigns or facility improvements
3. Endowments
4. For-profit organizations
5. Individuals
6. Political or lobbying activities
7. Private operating foundations
8. Religious organizations for sacramental or theological purposes*
9. Scholarships
10. Scholarships for pre-school programs (although program support is allowed)
11. Organizations that discriminate with regard to age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin, religious affiliation, or presence of a disability

Other Eligibility Restrictions
1. National and statewide organizations that cannot demonstrate a significant local presence
2. Applications from “start-up” organizations must be pre-screened
3. Organizations with an Endowment Fund over $4Million

*Faith-based social service, youth, or community programs are eligible if the following conditions are met: 501(c)(3) organization; program/project has a board-approved mission statement and program/project budget separate from the organization's sacramental or theological budget; secular programs or services are available to eligible participants without regard to religious belief or willingness to participate in religious activities; and the organization ensures that Foundation contributions are not used to support religious activities such as worship or proselytizing.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Cycle Calendar:
- Thursday, August 15, 2019: Behavioral Health & Health Equity Grant Program will begin accepting applications.

- Friday, August 30, 2019: Grant Cycle for 2019 opens and KCF will begin accepting applications (Community Grants, Youth Mentoring, Foster Care and Family Reconciliation)

- Friday, September 27, 2019: ALL Grants Due at 5 p.m. PST. No late submissions will be accepted

- October 31, 2019: 2018 Community Grant and Youth Mentoring Grant Reports Due, 2018 Foster Care & Family Reconciliation Grant Reports Due. If you do not submit your report in a timely manner, you may not be eligible for the 2019 grant cycle.

- January 15, 2020: Grant notifications mailed

- October 31, 2020: 2019 Grant Reports Due

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application:

Shaine Schramling
Funds and Grants Officer

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