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Annual Grants

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Schools, Agencies, and Tribes for
Programs to Benefit Kittitas County, Yakima County, and the Yakama Nation

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Yakima Valley Community Foundation (YVCF)

Deadline Date:

04/19/19 Noon


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Washington nonprofit organizations, schools, government entities, and tribes for programs to benefit the residents of Kittitas County, Yakima County, or the Yakama Nation. Funding is intended for programs supporting education, health and wellness, basic needs, cohesive communities, environment, and arts, music, and culture.

Annual Grant funding areas:
- Basic Needs: To assist in providing those fundamental requirements that serve as a foundation for survival, including shelter, food and clothing and related efforts of support on the path to self- sufficiency.
- Education: To provide a continuum of support resulting in increased educational attainment and to close the opportunity gap for students.
- Health and Wellness: To provide health care to the disadvantaged and activities that promote improved health in the community are part of our legacy and a priority in the Foundation’s community investment strategies.
- Cohesive Communities: To support efforts that build community cohesion including a strong and vibrant non-profit sector and economic development.
- Arts, Music, and Culture: To create a thriving community where groups and individuals express themselves and capture the imagination. Priority will be given for those applications that demonstrate a strategic relationship with one or more of the Foundation’s other program areas.
- Environment: Grants may be related to safeguarding and improving the environment of Yakima County including air and water quality issues.

More information about these funding areas can be seen at:

An applicant may request funds for operational support. Operational support cannot exceed 25% of the operating budget of the applicant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166207

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations may apply for up to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding is provided for one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants and projects:
- Applicants must either be a 501(c) organization, school or government entity or tribe, or they must have a fiscal sponsor that qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code. If the organization is a current grant recipient, an Interim Grant Report is required before applying for an Annual Grant.
- Applicants must also be registered and in good standing with the Washington Secretary of State as a nonprofit corporation, nonprofit professional services corporation, or non-Washington nonprofit corporations registered in Washington.
- Preference is given to nonprofits in existence and operational for a period of two years or more and previous or current grantees who have submitted their grant reports (comprehensive, or interim) on time.
- Organizations serving Yakima county or the Yakama Nation. Organizations from Kittitas may apply but funding is limited.
- Projects must serve Yakima County, Kittitas County, or the Yakama Nation.

Recipients of multi-year strategic grants are generally not eligible for an application in the annual grant round. Applicants can request a waiver of this policy thirty days prior to the annual grant cycle open and exceptions may be made if extraordinary circumstances warrant.

Funding exclusions can be seen on the Guidelines and Applications page above.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2019 Annual Grant online application will be available at the Full-Text link betwee Monday, April 1, 2019 at 9:00 AM. and Noon on Friday, April 19, 2019.

Initial screenings for complete applications will be done immediately after the application deadline. applicants will be notified if they do not meet the qualifications or if more information is needed.

Be prepared to be available for a site visit if one is requested. Not all successful grant applicants receive a site visit. The purpose of a site visit is for staff and members of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation Grants Committee to get to know your organization and assist in making final award determinations.

Notification of awards and declinations are sent via mail and email 90 days after the application close date.

Typically an organization may apply for one grant a year.

Contact Information:

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

If you have specific questions please e-mail

Yakima Valley Community Foundation
111 University Parkway, Suite 102
Yakima, WA 98901
Phone: 509-457-7616
Fax: 509-457-7625

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Yakima County, Kittitas County, and Yakama Nation area