Foundation / Corporation
NW Children’s Foundation (NWCF)
Grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 to Washington child welfare nonprofit organizations for programming and operational support. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry before applying for funds. Funding is primarily intended for organizations that benefit children in Snohomish, King, Kitsap, and Pierce counties.
Programs should focus on prevention, early-intervention, and treatment programs in the following three areas:
1. Healing abused children: With the goal of helping abused and neglected children heal and feel safe, the Fund supports programs that include intensive pediatric care, therapeutic foster care and daycare, and programs aimed at finding stability and, ultimately, permanency for foster kids. This vital work brings hope, compassion, and healing to children in need, including those who are disabled, drug-exposed, medically fragile and otherwise vulnerable to abuse or neglect.
2. Strengthening fragile families: With the goal of ensuring that children have safe, healthy, stable home lives, the Fund supports organizations that reach out to families facing challenges like homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, and domestic violence—some of the strongest risk factors for child abuse and neglect. These programs include parenting education and training, support for caregivers, family centers, domestic violence shelters and others that give families the resources they need to parent effectively even in times of stress.
3. Helping at-risk youth: With the goal of helping kids create the developmental assets—relationships, opportunities, and qualities—they need to avoid risks and to thrive, the Fund supports programs that foster stable relationships, promote critical decision-making abilities and instill positive values. Grants support tutoring and mentoring, programs for homeless youth and youth aging out of foster care, and a variety of youth engagement programs.
The Fund supports a variety of program needs and will consider grant requests for both general operating support and specific programs or needs (new or ongoing).
Grant proposals should identify the target population and address how that population will benefit from the services provided. Program implementation and evaluation, additional funding sources, and coordination with other service providers should also be discussed.
GrantWatch ID#: 177414
NWCF grants generally range from $5,000 to $30,000.
Grants are made for a one-year period.
A grant applicant must qualify as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
Grants will not be considered for individuals, political candidates or religious purposes.
Grant requests for the following specific programs or needs will not be funded: land acquisition, new construction, office equipment, fundraising costs, debt retirement, endowments or scholarships.
NW Children’s Fund generally does not fund programs or agencies primarily devoted to providing food, clothing or direct medical and dental services.
Winter 2018-19 Grant Cycle
September 21, 2018* - Letters of inquiry are due to the NWCF office.
November 16, 2018* - Grant applications and required attachments are due to the NWCF office.
Early February 2019 - NWCF informs applicants of grantmaking decisions and grant funds are distributed.
August 31, 2019 - Grant reports are due electronically.
Spring 2019 Grant Cycle
January 25, 2019* - Letters of inquiry are due to the NWCF office.
March 15, 2019* - Grant applications and required attachments are due to the NWCF office.
Late June 2019 - NWCF informs applicants of grantmaking decisions and grant funds are distributed.
January 11, 2020 - Grant reports are due electronically.
* Please note: All due dates are dates by which documents must be received at the NWCF office.
How to Apply:
Full Application Instructions:
More information on program funding areas can be found here:
- Healing abused children:
- Helping at-risk youth:
- Strengthening fragile families:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Send hard copies of the LOI to:
Attn: Kelly Lynch Reimer
NW Children’s Fund
2100 24th Ave. S., Suite No. 320
Seattle, WA 98144
Additionally, email the LOI to:
For questions, contact Kelly Lynch Reimer at the email address above.
USA: Washington: King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Kitsap Counties