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Responsive Grant Program

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Tribes, and Agencies to
Benefit Yakima County and Yakama Nation Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Yakima Valley Community Foundation (CF)

Deadline Date:

07/21/17 Noon


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Grants ranging from $10,001 to $25,000 to Washington nonprofits, federally recognized Tribes, and local government agencies for programs and projects that benefit, and respond to the needs of, Yakima County residents or those living in the Yakama Nation areas. Funding is intended to support programs that focus on the areas of basic needs, arts and culture, education, health and wellness, civic vitality, and the environment.


- Basic Needs:

The Foundation's goal is to assist in providing those fundamental requirements that serve as a basis for survival, including shelter, food and clothing and related efforts of support on the path to self- sufficiency.

- Education:

Educational attainment is one of the most powerful factors in determining whether someone reaches their potential The Yakima Valley Community Foundation is committed to providing residents of all ages preschool through adult access to high-quality education; one which fosters a passion for learning, encourages curiosity and results in critical thinking. The investment goal is to provide a continuum support resulting in increased educational attainment, and close the opportunity gap for students.

- Health and Wellness:

Health and wellness is a cornerstone of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation. Providing health care to the disadvantaged and activities that promote improved health in the community are part of the Foundation's legacy and a priority in the Foundation’s community investment strategies. The Foundation recognizes that health conditions, and social determinants that affect them, are derived from many factors which can be positively impacted through grants.

The goals are to address physical, nutritional, mental and emotional health challenges in a comprehensive and holistic manner with an emphasis on the underserved; to bring together diverse interests to develop and implement innovative and targeted approaches to improving health and wellness.

- Cohesive Communities:

A cohesive community is one where: there is a common vision and a sense of belonging for all communities; the diversity of people’s different backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and positively valued. Neighbors connect with neighbors and contribute to a culture of civic engagement. The goal is to support efforts that build community cohesion including a strong and vibrant nonprofit sector and economic development.

- Arts, Music, and Culture:

Grants in Arts, Music and Culture create a thriving community where groups and individuals express themselves and capture the imagination. Priority will be given to those applications that demonstrate a strategic relationship with one or more of the Foundation’s other program areas.

- Environment:

Grants in the Environment may be related to safeguarding and improving the environment of Yakima County including air and water quality issues.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166207

Estimated Size of Grant:

Responsive Grants are for proposals ranging from $10,001 to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Recipients of multi-year strategic grants are generally not eligible for an application for Responsive Grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

- Organizations serving Yakima County, or the Yakama Nation.
- The applicant must be a public charity with tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) of the IRS, a federally recognized Tribe, or a unit of local government.
- The applicant must also be registered and in good standing with the Washington Secretary of State as a nonprofit corporation, nonprofit professional services corporation or a non-Washington nonprofit corporation registered in Washington.
- Preference is given to nonprofits in existence and operational for a period of two years or more. Previous or current grantees who have submitted their grant reports (Comprehensive, EZ, or Interim) on time.


- Purchases or activities prior to grant decisions
- Capital expenditures for real estate or building construction of any kind
- Debt retirement/reduction
- Political or lobbying activities
- Endowments
- Individuals or individual scholarships
- Sectarian worship, instruction or proselytizing
- Feasibility Projects
- Production of books, brochures, films or videos
- Stand alone fundraising activities, solicitations, and/or annual campaign appeals
- Disease-specific organizations, medical or scientific research
- Other grant-making organizations
- Individual school classroom support
- Any organization that cannot affirm that it will not discriminate, withhold, exclude or deny services on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientations, political affiliation, religious beliefs or the lack thereof.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Program information and frequently asked questions may be found at these links:

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

Contact Information:

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

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Questions can be directed to

111 University Parkway, Suite 102
Yakima, WA 98901


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Yakima County and Yakama Nation areas