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Pooled Fund Grant

Grants to Washington Nonprofits for Education,
Health, Human Services, Arts, and the Environment

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Washington Women's Foundation

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

10/31/17 Midnight


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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations for significant projects and activities in the areas of education, arts and culture, health, human services, and the environment. Grant activities should respond to a critical or urgent need, provide a new approach to addressing existing problems, or involve a bold new venture.

Funding may be requested for programs and projects, capital campaigns, general operating support, and capacity building.

The Foundation’s grant-making process balances two goals: to make high-impact funding decisions and to make the process educational and hands-on for members. Significant impact is one of the primary goals of grant-making: on individuals, the organization, and/or the community at large. The Foundation also looks for the potential for leveraging other funds, collaboration, or other partnerships.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176444

Number of Grants:

5 Winners (up to $100,000) and 5 Merit Awards ($2,000).

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Winners: $100,000
-Merit Awards: $2,000

Term of Contract:

The Foundation prefers that organizations awarded a Pooled Fund Grant Award of up to $100,000 receive the grant over a 2- or 3-year funding period. However, in special exceptions, it may also consider grant funding over a 1-year period, depending on the needs of the funded organization. The first installment is made by August 1 in the year it is granted.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only organizations that currently qualify under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) or 7871 as tax-exempt entities may apply. (The only exception to this is an organization applying under the auspices of a Fiscal Sponsor - another organization that is a 501(c)(3) willing to take fiscal responsibility for the grant, should it be awarded.)

Only organizations that provide services in the State of Washington will be considered for funding.

Funding requests for endowments, pass-through scholarships and out-of-state projects will not be considered.

Washington Women’s Foundation believes that no person should be excluded from agency services, employment or volunteer participation, and the Foundation will not fund organizations that engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief, or for any other discriminatory reason. We also do not fund organizations that serve an exclusively sectarian purpose.

Organizations that have previously received a WWF Pooled Fund Grant Award are eligible for consideration again if it has been a minimum of five years since the initial grant award.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information sessions will be held on the dates below. Register using the links in Contact Information.

- Wednesday, September 13, 9:30-10:30 AM, 2100 Building

- Wednesday, September 27, 12:00-1:00 PM, Webinar online

- Wednesday, October 18, 3:00-4:00 PM, Seola Gardens

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for all LOI submissions is Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by midnight.

Full grant proposals are accepted by invitation only. Twenty-five organizations, five in each of the funding areas, are invited to submit full proposals in February each year.


-September and October: Organizations submit LOIs
-January: 300+ LOIs are reviewed by Grant Committee
-February: Foundation issues Requests for Proposals (RFPs). 25 total, 5 per funding area.
-March-April: Grant Committee reviews proposals and selects organizations for site visits. 15 total, 3 per funding area.
-May: Subset of Grant Committee participants (20+ members) attend site visits. After site visits, full Grant Committee selects finalists for ballot. 10 total, 2 per funding area.
-June: Entire WWF membership (500 members) votes to select grantees. 5 total, 1 per funding area, up to $100,000 award to each, $2,000 Merit Award each to other 5 finalists.
- The first installment will be made by August 1, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Register for an informational session:
- Wednesday, September 13, 2017:
- Wednesday, September 27, 2017:
- Wednesday, October 18, 2017:

Submit an LOI online:

If you have any additional questions please feel free to reach out to Aviva Stampfer, Grants Program Manager, at

Washington Women's Foundation
2100 24th Avenue South #330
Seattle WA 98144
(P): 206-340-1710

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington