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Pooled Fund Grant

Grants to Washington Nonprofits that Work to Increase Inequity and Offer
Health, Education, Human Services, Arts, and Environmental Programming

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Washington (WA) Women's Foundation

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

10/31/19 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. Funding is intended to support organizations that aim to reduce disparities and increase equity in the community. While programs and projects, including capital projects, are funded, applicants are encouraged to apply for general operating and capacity-building support.

The Foundation seeks to support and collectively invest in organizations that are reflective of and embedded in the communities they serve, draw on the strengths and assets of these communities, and are accountable to these communities in order to achieve the long-term goals of increasing equity and reducing disparities.

LOIs are invited from organizations that meet the following criteria:

1. Is focused on providing services to people affected by inequity due to race, gender identity, and/or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination and/or exclusion.

2. Is accountable to the people being served. “Accountable” can mean one or more of the following:

  • Ensures that people being served are visibly leading;
  • Develops leadership of the people being served;
  • Engages the people being served in ongoing decision-making, planning and assessment; and/or
  • Draws on the strengths, assets, and lived experience of the people being served to achieve the long-term goals of reducing disparities and increasing equity.

3. Has the expertise to do the work. “Expertise” includes being able to demonstrate both of the following:

  • An understanding of the root causes of the issues facing the people being served.
  • Lived experience and/or a track record of success in reducing disparities and/or achieving more equitable outcomes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176444

Number of Grants:

5 Winners (one per funding area) and 5 Merit Awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Winners: Up to $100,000
- Merit Awards: $5,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Minimum eligible requirements:
- Tax Exempt Status. Organization must currently qualify as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) or 7871 of the Internal Revenue Code or be fiscally sponsored by another tax-exempt organization.
- Connection to Washington. Organization must operate programs or provide services within the state of Washington.

WA Women’s Foundation does not fund endowments, pass-through scholarships or out-of-state projects of Washington-based organizations

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join the Foundation for an info session to meet members of staff, volunteer leadership, and a grantee representative. Dates and links to sign up are included below:

Friday, October 4, 9:30-10:30 AM, 2100 Building

Wednesday, October 16, 3:00-4:00 PM, Seola Gardens

Monday, October 21, 12:00-1:00 PM, Webinar online

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for all LOI submissions is October 31, 2019, by midnight.

Pooled Fund Grant Awards are made on an annual basis. The application process begins with an online Letter of Inquiry, which opens in September of each year. Funding decisions are made and announced each June.

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

About LOIs:

Contact Information:

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

Submit an LOI online:

Aviva Stampfer, Grants Program Manager

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington