Pooled Fund Grant

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

GrantWatch ID#: 176444
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Washington Women's Foundation

10/31/16 12:00 PM

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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. An information session is scheduled for October 6. Projects or programs 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.

These grants help not-for-profits meet critical needs, spur new projects, and foster innovation. 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.

One grant of up to $100,000 will be awarded in each of the five funding areas. Five finalists in each category will receive a Merit Award of $2,000.

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

-Winners (5): Up to $100,000.
-Merit Awards (5): $2,000.

Grants are paid out in one-, two- or three-year installments, with the first installment made by August 1 in the year it is granted.

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.

An in-person information session is scheduled for October 6. Space is limited.

More information and registration may be found here:

If you are unable to come to the in-person session and would like to schedule a phone call for a different time, or if you have questions about the process or need technical assistance with the form, please contact Laura Ciotti, Grant Programs Manager.

The deadline for all LOI submissions is Monday, October 31 at 12:00 PM Noon.

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.

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

LOI Form:

Laura Ciotti, Grant Programs Manager

Washington Women's Foundation
2100 24th Avenue South #330
Seattle WA 98144

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