Foundation / Corporation
D.V. and Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust
Grants ranging from $1,000 to $80,000 to Puget Sound region, Washington nonprofit organizations to improve the lives of children by addressing their educational and physical needs. Funding is typically awarded to social services organizations that address the basic human needs of youth and children in the local area.
The Trust is also interested in providing creative and positive opportunities to enhance the lives of our region’s children through a variety of artistic and cultural programs.
The Advisory Committee prefers proposals from groups that clearly describe how their program makes a positive difference in the lives of children, provides a unique service, or addresses problems that are not being met by other agencies in the area.
While the Trustees recognize the need for organizations to raise administrative, overhead, and training expenses, grants will be made solely for capital projects and items of immediate and direct service to children.
Grant Organizations Should:
- Request capital support only. (For new building or large renovation capital campaigns, McEachern grants will generally not exceed 5% of the campaign budget.)
- Provide services to a broad cross-section of the population up to age 18.
- Be established for at least five years. (Exceptions may be made for groups with strong community leadership and reputation, offering unique enrichment programs for children.)
- Serve the greater Puget Sound region.
- Have a secure and diverse funding base.
For grant requests less than $5,000: The Trust will consider requests for supplies and equipment which will be used by children – this does not include administrative items such as computers, curriculum, iPads for staff, family food distributions etc. Generally grants may be made for: children’s books for literacy programs, art supplies, supplies for babies (even those distributed through food banks), school equipment, therapy equipment, musical instruments for children, and school clothing for low-income kids.
GrantWatch ID#: 176812
Grants range from $1,000 to $80,000. The average grant ranges from $15,000 to $25,000.
Note About Playgrounds and Vans: The Trust will consider a maximum grant award of $5,000 for vans and $4,000 for playgrounds if the fundraising effort is community-based and located in an underserved area.
Grant organizations should have a 501(c)(3) IRS status.
Restrictions: Grants will not be made to endowment campaigns, individuals, private schools, public schools, day-care programs, political candidates, or religious institutions. Grants are not made for the purchase of administrative items such as computers, software, photocopiers, and phone systems. Grants are not made for tablets and personal devices even if the equipment is used by the children and youth in the program. Grants are not awarded for homeless family emergency shelters, transitional housing, or low-income housing – unless the request is for an area specifically or primarily designated for children or youth.
Recipients of grants ranging from $5,001 to $40,000 may reapply after three full years. (Example: funded in fall 2012; sit out 2013, 2014, and 2015. Reapply fall 2016.) Recipients of grants greater than $41,000 must sit out for four full years.
Groups may apply for grants less than $5,000 several years in a row. After receiving four grants of $5,000 or less, groups are asked to sit out for a full two-year period. (Example: funded in spring 2013; sit out 2014 and 2015; eligible to reapply spring 2016.)
- Spring Cycle: March 8
- Fall Cycle: August 8
- Winter Cycle: December 8
Full proposals must be received by the above dates; no exceptions. Late arrivals will be moved to the subsequent funding cycle.
There is no letter of inquiry process. If the project fits the guidelines, please submit a proposal.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applications should be mailed to:
McEachern Trust, Union Bank, Personal Trust,
PO Box 3123
Seattle, WA 9811
Therese Ogle, Grants Consultant
Phone: (206) 781-3472
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98101
USA: Washington: Greater Puget Sound Region