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Small Grant Program

Grants to Yakima County, Washington Nonprofits and Agencies for
Education, Basic Needs, Health, Arts, and Environmental Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Yakima Valley Community Foundation (YVCF)

Deadline Date:

07/21/17 12:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Yakima County, Washington nonprofit organizations, federally recognized tribes, and local governmental units for programs and projects that focus on the areas of education, basic needs, health and wellness, civic vitality, arts and culture, and/or the environment.

Funding is intended to support organizations where a little money can go a long way in achieving their goals.

Priorities for each of the focus areas are outlined below:

1. Basic Needs: The Foundation's goal is to assist in providing those fundamental requirements that serve as a foundation for survival, including shelter, food, and clothing and related efforts of support on the path to self- sufficiency.

2. Education: The Yakima Valley Community Foundation is committed to providing residents of all ages preschool through adult access to high quality education; one which fosters a passion for learning, encourages curiosity and results in critical thinking. The Yakima Valley Community Foundation's investment goal is to provide a continuum support resulting in increased educational attainment, and close the opportunity gap for students.

3. Health and Wellness: The Foundations' goals are to address physical, nutritional, mental, and emotional health challenges in a comprehensive and holistic manner with an emphasis on the underserved; to bring together diverse interests to develop and implement innovative and targeted approaches to improving health and wellness.

4. Cohesive Communities: The Foundation's goal is to support efforts that build community cohesion including a strong and vibrant nonprofit sector and economic development.

5. Arts, Music and Culture: Grants in Arts, Music and Culture create a thriving community where groups and individuals express themselves and capture the imagination. Priority will be given for those applications that demonstrate a strategic relationship with one or more of the Foundation’s other program areas.

6. Environment: Grants in the Environment may be related to safeguarding and improving the environment of Yakima County including air and water quality issues.

Please Note: An applicant may request funds for operational support. Operational support cannot exceed 25% of the operating budget of the applicant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180377

Estimated Size of Grant:

Small Grants are for proposals under $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations serving Yakima County, or the Yakama Nation, are eligible to apply.

The applicant must be a public charity with tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) of the IRS, a federally recognized Tribe, or a unit of local government.

The applicant must also be registered and in good standing with the Washington Secretary of State as a nonprofit corporation, nonprofit professional services corporation or a non-Washington nonprofit corporation registered in Washington.

Preference is given to nonprofits in existence and operational for a period of two years or more.

Previous or current grantees who have submitted their grant reports (Comprehensive, EZ, or Interim) on time are eligible.

The Yakima Valley Community Foundation generally does not fund the following:
Purchases or activities prior to grant decisions
Capital expenditures for real estate or building construction of any kind
Debt retirement/reduction
Political or lobbying activities
Individuals or individual scholarships
Sectarian worship, instruction or proselytizing
Feasibility Projects
Production of books, brochures, films or videos
Stand alone fundraising activities, solicitations, and/or annual campaign appeals
Disease-specific organizations, medical or scientific research
Other grant-making organizations
Individual school classroom support
Any organization that that cannot affirm that it will not discriminate, withhold, exclude or deny services on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientations, political affiliation, religious beliefs or the lack thereof.

Pre-Application Information:

An online application form is used for Small Grants. The application will open on July 3, 2017 and close at 12:00 p.m. on July 21, 2017.

Please note that the areas of funding for the Small Grants programs are the same as the Responsive Grant program. Click here for more information about the Small Grant focus areas:

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Contact Information:

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

Click here to find the online application after July 3, 2017:

Questions about the small grant program can be directed to


111 University Parkway, Suite 102
Yakima, WA 98901

Phone: 509-457-7616
Fax: 509-457-7625

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Yakima County