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Community Sustaining Fund (CSF)

Grants to Thurston County, Washington Nonprofits, Groups, and Individuals
for Programs Related to Social Justice, Community, and Environment

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Community Sustaining Fund (CSF) of Thurston County

Deadline Date:

04/26/19 Receipt by Close of Business


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Grants of up to $1,000 to Thurston County, Washington organizations and individuals for projects and programs that address social justice, environmental issues, and community building. Funding is intended to support programs that promote social change within local communities. The Fund is committed to supporting the start-up of new projects and organizations with the expressed goals and plans to achieve long-term impact on identified local issues. Depending on available funds, CSF may support direct service projects with shorter-term goals.

The Community Sustaining Fund semiannual grant funding aims to create a more democratic, equitable, nonviolent and ecologically sound society. CSF tends to award funds for start-up costs of projects that might otherwise go unfunded, but with the expectation that these projects will become self sustaining. CSF considers projects that:
- Are developed and led by residents of Thurston County for activities in Thurston County
- Operate in a democratic, non-discriminatory manner, which is responsive to the constituency served
- Actively pursue cultural diversity in group composition.

CSF seeks to fund groups working in the following areas:
- Social Justice: Youth, Gender Equity, Disarmament, Gay and Lesbian, Foreign Affairs, Racial Equity, Domestic Violence, Native Peoples, Elderly, Parenting and Child Care, Civil Liberties
- Community Building: Education, Economics, Communication, Arts and Culture, Health Care, Transportation, Housing and Homelessness, Grassroots Democracy, Unemployed, Underemployed and Working Poor, Labor Issues, Spirituality, Sustainability
- Environment: Environmental Defense, Agriculture, Animal Rights, Land Use Planning, Forestry, Energy, Water Quality, Waste and Recycling, Environmental Racism, Endangered Species

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181123

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $1,000, but awards have historically been in the $100 - $600 range.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

CSF supports groups and individuals that are actively working to educate and involve the community in questioning, challenging, and correcting the social, political, and economic inequities.

Note that CSF policy allows previous grantees to apply again, with two conditions: 1) it must be at least one year since receipt of a prior grant award, and 2) the applicant must have filed a Grant Completion Report from any previous grant project.

CSF will generally not fund:
-Direct social service projects that are or can be funded by traditional funding sources (i.e., government agencies, United Way, major foundations, etc.)
-One-time artistic or cultural events that do NOT include community organizing or development as part of the work
-Ongoing organizational operating costs. However, you can request one-time operating (bridge) funding.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for receipt of Grant Applications for this cycle is close of business on Friday, April 26, 2019.

Please note that brief conferences with applicants whose projects meet the minimum criteria will be held on Saturday, May 4, generally between 9 am - 1 pm (location TBD).

Applications Released: Monday, April 2, 2019
Applications Due: Friday, April 26, 2019
Grants Committee Review: Monday, April 29, 2019
Applicant Interviews: Saturday, May 4, 2019

Contact Information:

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

Email application to: or mail to:

2103 Harrison Ave NW #2715
Olympia WA 98502

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Thurston County