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Grants to Southwest Washington Nonprofits in Cowlitz, Clark,
and Skamania Counties to Address Intergenerational Poverty

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Foundation / Corporation

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Community Foundation for Southwest Washington

Deadline Date:

09/02/18 11:59 PM PDT


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Grants averaging $25,000 to Southwest Washington nonprofit organizations, tribal agencies, schools, and churches in Cowlitz, Clark, and Skamania Counties to address the issue of intergenerational poverty. Priority is given to proposals that seek to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty through a broad and creative approach and can demonstrate meaningful and measurable impact. Examples may include efforts that focus on basic human needs, educational attainment, and asset building.

Basic Human Needs:
Many in our community are working to survive, and every day presents a challenge to find food, shelter and security. For this reason, we fund organizations and programs that fulfill the basic needs of underserved people, families and communities. This includes needs such as food security, rent and utility assistance, affordable housing, physical and mental health, caregiving, domestic violence services and more. By addressing these pressing needs as they arise, people are better able to plan for their futures.

Educational Attainment:
In today’s economy, a good job and upward mobility increasingly depend on educational attainment. Without access, inclusivity and strong social supports, even students with great potential can encounter barriers. We invest in efforts that provide equitable opportunities along the entire educational continuum from birth to adulthood, so that every child enters school ready to learn and is able to achieve their goals for post-secondary success.

Asset Building:
All southwest Washington residents should have the opportunity to achieve financial security. We fund efforts to improve the economic health of the people and communities who face the biggest barriers to mobility. These include asset- and wealth-building strategies, employment services, financial planning and credit repair, small business development, homeownership, community livability, economic development and more.

Organizations may apply for the following types of support:

Operating support — Unrestricted funding to support an organization’s mission
Programs & Projects — Support for new and established services or initiatives
Modest Capital Projects — Investments in buildings, equipment, and technology
Capacity Building Support — Funding to strengthen organizational infrastructure, including support for diversity, equity, and inclusion work

The Community Foundation seeks to partner with organizations and initiatives that:
-Meet an important community need in southwest Washington
-Can demonstrate past impact or strong potential of future impact in addressing intergenerational poverty
-Build awareness around and address the root causes of intergenerational poverty
-Collaborate and share, carrying out their work in coordination with partners or in cohorts
-Address disparities and increase opportunities for historically underserved people and communities
-Are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, both internally and in their partnerships and in their service delivery
-Meaningfully engage the voices, perspectives and expertise of the people and communities they serve in the development, implementation and evaluation of their work

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181964

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no limit to the amount an applicant can request. Grants average $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Grantees are eligible to receive funds from the Foundation for consecutive periods of up to three years. An interim or final report must be submitted before applying for all future funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits, fiscally-sponsored projects, government and tribal agencies, churches and schools working to address intergenerational poverty in Clark, Cowlitz, or Skamania counties are eligible to apply.

Ineligible for Funding:
- Debt reduction
- Establishment of endowment funds
- Individual recipients
- Parent Teacher Associations, Parent Teacher Organizations, Booster Clubs

The Community Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, physical circumstances or national origin. Grant applicants must hold similar standards. Grant applications from organizations known to have discriminatory policies will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information:

In 2018, two grant cycles will be offered. Applications are only being accepted for Focus Grants. The second grant cycle is currently open and closes on Sunday, September 2.

Applications are submitted via the online grants system.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Cowlitz, Clark, and Skamania Counties