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Strengthen Pierce County Grant

Grants to Pierce County, Washington Nonprofits,
Schools, and Agencies for Organizational Support

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Greater Tacoma Community Foundation (GTCF)

Deadline Date:

01/19/18 4:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to Pierce County, Washington nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies for organizational support. Funding is intended to ensure that smaller nonprofit entities have the resources they need to fulfill their missions. Additionally, these general operating funds support the social impact of organizations as a whole.

The strongest Strengthening Pierce County grant proposals paint a clear picture of how the applicant organization:

1. Has a clear desired impact and goals. For many organizations the application will be strongly tied to an existing strategic plan. For organizations that don’t have a strategic plan, the application should address the process that the organization is using to discern desired impact and goals.

2. Engages in organizational learning that informs its programs and practices. We are looking for evidence of how the organization gathers and uses insights and data from its key stakeholders–its own staff and board, volunteers, community partners, and the people that are impacted by its programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152328

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are awarded based on the organization's annual organizational budget.
- Organizations with and annual budget of $1-$300,000 may request $5,000-$10,000.
- Organizations with and annual budget of $300,001-$650,000 may request $10,000-$15,000.
- Organizations with and annual budget of $650,001-$1,000,000 may request $15,000-$20,000.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year funding will not be available this year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

These grants are designed to support nonprofit organizations and do not support individuals, school-based clubs, or capital projects. However, schools and government agencies may apply.

Applicants must meet the following qualifications to be eligible for a Strengthening Pierce County grant:

- Organizations must be aligned with GTCF’s values:
- Programming must serve residents of Pierce County, Washington.
- Annual operating budget for Pierce County programming must be $1M or less.
- Organizations must not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental disabilities, gender or national origin. Organizations must be inclusive with clients, volunteers, and staff.
- Nonprofit applicants must have applied to be listed in GTCF’s nonprofit directory:
- Applicants must be current on all final reports for grants previously funded from Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.

Organizations that have never received a grant from the Community Foundation before or that haven’t applied for a grant in the past three years are highly encouraged to contact GTCF prior to applying.

Pre-proposal Conference:

GTCF’s Vice President of Grants and Initiatives Gina Anstey is available to answer specific questions about the grant programs via phone at the following days and times:

Tuesday, November 28, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Thursday, December 14, 10:00 AM – Noon
Wednesday, December 20, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday, January 5, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Thursday, January 11, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due Friday, January 19, 2018 4:00 PM.

Speed interviews are an opportunity for the volunteer committee reviewing applications to gain more clarity about the specifics of the application. These 20-minute interviews are by invitation only and usually occur 4-6 weeks prior to funding.

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

If you have other questions, please contact GTCF’s Vice President of Grants and Initiatives Gina Anstey at 253-383-5622.

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