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Community Sustaining Fund (CSF) and Sue Lundy Memorial Fund

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, For-Profits, Groups, and Individuals
in Eligible Regions for COVID-19 Recovery and Community Benefit

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Community Sustaining Fund (CSF) of Thurston County

Deadline Date:

04/30/21

Description:

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Grants of up to $1,000 and grants of up to $2,000 to Washington nonprofit and for-profit organizations, groups, and individuals in eligible locations to support projects that benefit the local community. Priority will be given to projects that support Coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery, provide aid, promote equity and harmony, and cultivate a healthy environment. Additional focus areas include community building, social justice, farming, and projects that support women. Eligible projects take place across all of Thurston County.

The local, national, and global community faces numerous challenges. The past year has weighed heavily upon many. This is also a moment of great opportunity, a time when profound healing is necessary and possible. Given this context, the Community Sustaining Fund seeks grant requests that reflect the need for restoration and hope. Priority will be given to applications that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Support the recovery of individuals who have been impacted by COVID- 19 and its medical, social, and economic consequences
  • Provide aid (food, shelter, compassion, and other necessities) to those who are struggling with closures, social distancing, and other barriers to prosperity and free movement
  • Facilitate equity to mitigate and correct the suffering caused by racism, xenophobia, and prejudice in all forms
  • Foster harmony between people of various beliefs and ideologies to support the dignity, peace, and well-being of all people
  • Cultivate a healthy natural environment as CSF seeks to honor, repair, and sustain the Earth 

The Fund's highest goal is to support the start-up of long-term organizations and programs that align with topics and guidelines listed below. Depending upon available funds in the grant round, secondary priority is given to already established organizations and/or projects that have a brief timeline of completion, but still align with all other grant criteria.

Grants are awarded by CSF for organizational needs such as start-up funding, public outreach, training, equipment, and special projects.  CSF realizes that most applicants will neither be involved in all of these activities, nor fit all the criteria listed below.  Hence, the CSF treats all applications as case-specific and unique.  

CSF considers applications 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 seeks to fund groups working in the following areas:

  • Social Justice: Racial Equity, Youth, LGBTQIA, Domestic Violence, Native Peoples, Elderly, Parenting & Child Care, Civil Liberties, Disarmament, Foreign Affairs
  • 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

Sue Lundy Memorial Fund

Applications for Sue Lundy funds need to meet one or more of the following criteria.

  • Projects that support young farmers especially women
  • Projects that assist in starting up Community Supported Agriculture
  • Projects that facilitate connections between beginning and established farmers
  • Projects that promote community gardens
  • Initiatives that provide support for single mothers with special needs and immigrant mothers and families 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181123

Estimated Size of Grant:

CSF: Applicants may request up to $1,000, however, awards have historically ranged from $100-$600.
Sue Lundy Memorial Fund: Application grant requests can be up to $2,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include:
- Tax-exempt Organization
- Unincorporated Group
- Individual
- For-Profit Business

Previous grantees may 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. You can request one-time operating (bridge) funding

Pre-Application Information:

Spring 2021 Grant Cycle - Key Dates:
April 1: Spring '21 grant cycle opens
April 30: Grants applications due
May 8: Generally between 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Virtual grant applicant interviews (Applicants usually notified of funding decisions same day)

In this funding round, applicants will need to specify whether their project is applying for Sue Lundy funds or for regular CSF funds.

CSF plans to host virtual interviews for applicants due to health and safety precautions.

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.

Resources: https://oly-wa.us/csf/Resources.php

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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.

Please email a completed grant application as a file attachment to:
thurstoncsf@comcast.net (our strong preference for saving paper)

OR mail the original, double-sided plus three (3) copies of your application to:
2103 Harrison Ave NW, #2715
Olympia WA 98502.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Thurston County

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