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Community Grants Cycle (CGC)

Grants to Washington Nonprofits for Health, Education,
Animal Welfare, and Disaster Relief in Bainbridge Island

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Bainbridge Community Foundation (BCF)

Deadline Date:

03/14/18 9:00 PM PST

Description:

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Grants ranging between $1,000 and $10,000 to Washington nonprofit organizations for programs, operating support, and capital projects that benefit Bainbridge Island residents. Funding is intended for projects in the focus areas of arts, culture, and humanities, animal welfare, disaster relief, environment, education, health and human services, public and society benefit, recreation, science and technology, and social science and public policy.

More information on funding types:
- Program (Specific program or project)
- Capital (Equipment/facility repairs, etc.); Estimates must be provided at time of application
- Direct (Access to programming/support or access for underserved populations)
- Operating (General operating support)

The following principles guide BCF’s Community Grants Cycle grant-making process:
- Grants should directly benefit the community. Provide statistical data, client waiting lists, documentation for lack of services, etc.
- Priority may be given to proposals that benefit the greatest number of people or the most under-served populations.
- Grants should have measurable outcomes.
- Organizational effectiveness, innovation, and board organization capacity may also be taken into consideration.
- Demonstrate that the organization in a position deliver the project or program. With such things as strong leadership of board, volunteers and staff, have well-crafted policies and procedures, demonstrate a broad funding base.
- Is the project or program well planned and likely to succeed? Provide a realistic budget (both income and expenses), have an operating or business plan in place, have evaluation or targeted outcomes and outputs.
- Completeness and quality of the application.

Only one grant application per organization will be accepted. However, additional grant application(s) will be accepted if made with another nonprofit for a collaborative effort.

In addition to BCF discretionary grantmaking funds, the Foundation partners with BCF Donor Advisors, Private Foundations, other partners, as well as granting the BCF Collaboration Prize (formally known as the Trustees’ Award). This prize is focused on funding applications that promotes a true collaboration between organizations. This award is funded by donations from board, staff, and CGC evaluation team members.

In 2017, BCF piloted an online grant catalog of Community Grant Cycle requests with the goal of leveraging community donor support. In the past, requests were shared with donor advisors and funding partners. The goal is that this new component will bring greater awareness to the grantee's project. There will be the option to opt-out of this program for those that do not wish to participate.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179150

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests are for funding between $1,000–$10,000.

Term of Contract:

Proposals are for projects running July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications will be accepted from organizations that:
- Have current 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the IRS
- Serve Bainbridge Island residents and located in Washington State

Note: Grants will not be awarded to any religious organization where the funds would be used in whole or in part to further the organization’s religious purposes and must be used solely for secular purposes; to individuals; for any political purposes; for vehicles; or for any endowment funds. Funds will not be awarded for programs and/or equipment, etc. that were started, completed, or acquired prior to the July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018 grant period.

BCF does not fund research, scholarship/fellowship, in-kind or product donation, loans, or vehicles.

For 2016 or earlier (not 2017) CGC grant recipients, a final report must be submitted before the agency can apply for funding through the 2018 BCF Community Grants Cycle.

Pre-Application Information:

2018 Community Grants Cycle Timeline:
- February 14: Grants Cycle Opens
- March 14: Grants Cycle Closes at 9:00 pm PST. Applications will not be considered past this deadline.
- March 15–June 19: Application evaluation and review. Site visits scheduled between March 30 and April 20.
- June 19: BCF Board of Trustees makes final grant decisions
- June 20: Organizations notified of funding decisions
- July 12: Annual Nonprofit Celebration, 4:30 – 6:00 pm at Bainbridge Performing Arts (with One Call for All and BI Rotary)
- Mid July: Grant Agreement information emailed via Common Grant Application to the email provided in the application. Grantee will log on and accept the agreement. Grant checks will then be mailed.
- August 31, 2018: Due date to submit FINAL REPORT via Online Grant Application for the 2017 CGC grants cycle
- August 31, 2019: Due date to submit FINAL REPORT via Online Grant Application for the 2018 CGC grants cycle

All eligible grant request must participate in a site visit by a team comprised of BCF staff, board members, and/or community volunteers.

Organizations new to the application process, are encouraged to talk with Debbie Kuffel, BCF Program and Finance Office.

Grant Information:
http://bainbridgecf.org/community-grants-cycle/

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:
https://www.commongrantapplication.com/register.php?regType=gsk

Debbie Kuffel, Program and Finance Officer
debbie@bainbridgecf.org
206.842.0433

Physical Address
Bainbridge Community Foundation
149 Finch Place SW, Suite #4
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Mailing Address
Bainbridge Community Foundation
221 Winslow Way West #305
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Bainbridge Island