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C. Keith Birkenfeld Memorial Trust Fund

Grants to Washington and Oregon Nonprofits to Support
Capital Projects that Benefit the Puget Sound Region

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Seattle Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/31/18 5:00 PM PDT


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Grants to Washington and Oregon nonprofits to support capital campaigns that will enhance the quality of life for residents of the Puget Sound region. Applicants must first contact program staff to determine eligibility. Applications are invited from arts, wildlife, horticulture, human services, and maritime organizations.

Particular emphasis is placed or organizations serving residents of Kitsap, Thurston, Mason, and Jefferson Counties in Washington; and Columbia County in Oregon.

The Trust is interested in projects providing significant naming opportunities, such as buildings and capital improvements; applicant organizations must have reached the point in their planning that they have site control, final construction documents and budget, all necessary permits, and have made substantial progress in fundraising prior to being considered for a grant.

In general, the entirety of a project’s costs will not be awarded and only one grant will be made by the Trust over the course of the project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173485

Estimated Size of Grant:

Previous grants made by the Trust range from $3,000 to $1,000,000, with an average grant size of $250,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant organizations must have current status as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity, as determined by the IRS.

Organizations must be working in the arts, horticulture, wildlife, maritime and human service sectors, particularly agencies serving residents in the eligible counties listed below.

For 2018, the Fund will show a preference for organizations from Kitsap, Mason, Thurston and Jefferson Counties in Washington and Columbia County in Oregon.

Organizations with religious affiliations will be considered for grants only if their activities address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious belief; proposed projects may not contain any content or activity intended to proselytize, even when participation in such activities is voluntary.

Not funded:

- Tax-supported schools or universities
- Agencies receiving more than 20 percent of their operating income from governmental sources
- Medical or hospital causes
- Development or improvement projects for sports fields
- Salaries or administrative expenses
- Individuals
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis or age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief

Pre-Application Information:

Before applying, please contact Claire Bishop to ensure that your organization is a strong fit for the funding strategies.

Submit applications online by 5 p.m., August 31, 2018.

Grants are awarded annually.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Claire Bishop
(206) 799-8563

Seattle Foundation
1601 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1900
Seattle, WA 98101-3615

Office: 206.622.2294
Fax: 206.622.7673

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Columbia County;   Washington: Kitsap, Thurston, Mason, and Jefferson Counties