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Community Sustaining Fund (CSF)

Grants to Thurston County, Washington Groups
and Individuals for Homelessness Prevention

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Community Sustaining Fund of Thurston County

Deadline Date:

12/07/18 Receipt by Close of Business


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Grants of up to $1,000 to Thurston County, Washington groups and individuals for projects that focus on homelessness prevention. The Fund’s current goal is for programs that impact community conditions for people who are at risk of losing their housing.

Special Fall 2018 Grant Cycle – Focus on Homelessness Prevention

In the fall 2018 fall grant cycle, the Foundation is exclusively interested in supporting social change projects that will impact people without housing or at risk of losing their housing. Specific criteria include:
- project will take a “systems approach” and strive to connect the employment, education, housing and health sectors as part of comprehensive homelessness prevention work
- project will strive to knit together several different ideas/projects and organizations

Grant Criteria - General Criteria - Grant Funding Philosophy

CSF considers projects which:
-Are developed and led by residents of Thurston County for activities in Thurston County
-Operate in a democratic, nondiscriminatory manner which is responsive to the constituency served
-Actively pursue cultural diversity in group composition
-Actively work toward a more just and equitable world of ecological and economic balance and personal and social responsibility

CSF is interested in groups focusing on:

-Social Justice: Youth, Gender Equality, Disarmament, Gay & Lesbian, Foreign Affairs, Racial Equality, Domestic Violence, Native Peoples, Challenged, Elderly, Parenting & Child Care, Civil Liberties

-Community Building: Education, Economics, Communication, Arts & Culture, Health Care, Transportation, Housing & Homelessness, Grassroots Democracy, Unemployed, Underemployed & Working Poor, Labor Issues, Spirituality, Sustainability

-Environment: Environmental Defense, Agriculture, Animal Rights, Land Use Planning, Forestry, Energy, Water Quality, Waste & Recycling, Environmental Racism, Endangered Species

SF is most interested in those groups that express the following:

-Material simplicity
-Participatory democracy
-Community-oriented economics
-Ecologically conscientious society
-Nonviolent forms of conflict resolution
-Respect for human dignity and diversity
-Connect local activities with broader social change issues
-Inclusive of people with varying political, social and cultural backgrounds

Strategies and Activities:
-Work to introduce new people to ideas of social change
-Organize people to participate in social change activities
-Promote cultural and artistic activities that encourage social change

Organizational Approach:
-Encourage networking with other social change groups
-Effectively reach and build an organization responsive to the community
-Work to make power relationships equitable within their group and issue area

Long Term Goals:
-Develop and implement: long-range strategies and goals
-Develop a self-sustaining financial plan based on realistic sources of revenue
-Pass on skills and expertise to increase the body of local and regional organizers

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.)
-Artistic or cultural events that are not part of other organizing activities (the Fund is interested in supporting projects that integrate cultural activities into social change 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, December 7, 2018.

Spring 2018 Grant Cycle
Applications Released: Monday, October 8, 2018
Applications Due: Friday, December 7, 2018
Grants Committee Review: Monday, December 10, 2018
Applicant Interviews: Saturday, December 15, 2018

Please note that brief conferences with applicants whose projects meet our minimum criteria will be held on Saturday, December 15 - generally between 9 am - 1 pm (location TBD).

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

Community Sustaining Fund of Thurston County
2103 Harrison Ave NW #2715
Olympia WA 98502

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Thurston County