Foundation / Corporation
First Federal Community Foundation
Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 as well as grants starting at $25,000 to Washington nonprofit organizations and public charities for programs and projects that aim to improve the quality of life for those living in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Whatcom Counties. Funding will be provided for proposals that focus on the areas of community development, human services, economic development, and affordable housing.
The Foundation prefers projects and programs that benefit low to moderate income citizens or communities.
Community Support: The Foundation supports nonprofit community and human service organizations that improve the quality of life within the communities the Foundation serves. Priority will be given to programs and projects that build capacity to better serve the broader community, and that benefit low to moderate income persons.
Affordable Housing: The Foundation supports programs and projects that build upon First Federal’s legacy of improving access to decent, safe, and affordable housing for low and moderate income citizens in the communities it serves.
Economic Development: The Foundation supports initiatives that encourage and expand economic development opportunities in the communities it serves, with emphasis on coordinated public/private initiatives sponsored by local organizations dedicated to economic development.
Community Development: The Foundation supports capital projects that offer valuable benefits to broad segments of the communities it serves, with emphasis on coordinated public/private initiatives featuring multiple funding sources.
GrantWatch ID#: 171710
The total amount granted will vary from year to year. Current dollar limitations are as follows:
- Community Support Grants: The Foundation has allocated $100,000 for Community Support grants for the Foundation’s fiscal year ending March 31. There is a $5,000 minimum and $25,000 maximum grant amount restriction for individual Community Support grants.
- There is a $25,000 minimum grant amount restriction for Affordable Housing, Economic Development, and Community Development grants for the Foundation’s fiscal year ending March 31.
Note: Grants may be awarded in the form of either cash or in shares of stock in First Northwest Bancorp (FNWB).
Preference will be given to annual grant proposals, but multi-year proposals may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The Foundation makes grants to tax-exempt organizations under Internal Revenue Code Sections 501(c)3, including public charities as described in IRC 509(a)(1)-(4) and 170(b)-(c). Organizations requesting grants must be fiscally sound with demonstrated economic sustainability.
Grants are restricted to projects and programs that benefit communities in which First Federal operates a full-service branch. At this time those communities include Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom Counties.
The Foundation will not fund:
- Completed projects
- Budget deficits
- Debt reduction
- General operating expense
- Contributions to Individuals
- Contributions to political or labor organizations, candidates, or causes
- Contributions that facilitate religious mission, doctrine, or organization
- Proposals that would caused the Foundation to be in violation of its Conflict of Interest Policy
The Foundation typically reviews grant proposals semi-annually (see deadlines below). Applications will be accepted only during prescribed periods, as follows:
- Applications accepted between January 1 and March 1 of each year will be reviewed at the April board meeting.
- Applications accepted between July 1 and September 1 of each year will be reviewed at the October board meeting.
Exceptions to these time limitations may be made with the approval of the Foundation’s board of directors.
Grants will typically be funded within sixty days of approval provided all conditions have been met. Unfunded grant awards will expire 180 days from the award date.
Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application. Complete, print and sign the Grant Application Form and compile the supplemental information required.
- Grant application submission instructions and information: http://firstfedcf.org/grant-application/
- FAQs: http://firstfedcf.org/grants/frequently-asked-questions/
Please Note: The Foundation gives preference to matching funds proposals.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Application packages may be submitted via regular mail or email. Please send to the attention of:
Karen McCormick, Executive Director
First Federal Community Foundation
105 West Eighth Street – PO Box 351
Port Angeles, WA. 98362
USA: Washington: Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Whatcom Counties