Grants & Awards

Rural Cooperative Development Grant

Department of Agriculture
The Rural Cooperative Development Grant program provides support to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting in the startup, expansion, or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities. The application deadline is May 26, 2017.

Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation

Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation

The Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that enhance the quality of life in the communities the bank serves in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. The Foundation provides Community Giving Grants in the following target giving areas: The Youth Development and Education area focuses on programs that create opportunities for early childhood and K-12 youth that fulfill their educational experience, promote their well-being, and inspire them to reach their full potential. The Economic Opportunity area focuses on organizations that promote stability in neighborhoods through assistance to low-to-moderate income individuals and families. Community Giving Grant applications are reviewed quarterly. Visit Umpqua Bank’s website for more information.

Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP)

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the FY 2017 Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO). Through it, the EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive merit basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches in distressed communities. The estimated total program funding is between the award ceiling of $3 million and award floor of $100,000. Additional information on this funding opportunity and eligibility can be accessed here.

Support for Forest-Based Communities in Selected States

Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation: Sustainable Forests and Communities Initiative

The Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation’s Sustainable Forests and Communities Initiative works to promote the creation of environmentally and economically sustainable forest communities in Northern California, Idaho, Minnesota, Western Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin. The Foundation is interested in supporting projects that promote vibrant forest-based communities. The focus is on the following areas of interest: Environment, Economy, Community, and Forest Ecosystem Services. Grants average $25,000 or less. The deadline for Stage One Applications is March 1, 2017; invited Stage Two Applications are due August 1, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the Initiative’s guidelines.

Morgan Fund

The Seattle Foundation has announced that the Morgan Fund, a donor-advised fund at the foundation, will award grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 as part of its Puget Sound Initiative. Up to $150,000 will be awarded in support of small and midsize arts organizations in western and central Washington or the greater Portland area that are working to develop and build audiences for high-quality performances. Proposals will be considered for production support, equipment purchases, audience development initiatives, and professional development opportunities aimed at strengthening artistic quality.

Washington Foundation for the Environment

The Washington Foundation for the Environment provides grants to nonprofit organizations in Washington State that offer local environmental education projects. Grants generally range in size from $200 to $2,000, with a typical grant amount of $1,000. Grants are often awarded to projects not traditionally funded by the region’s bigger environmental foundations. Both new and long-established groups are eligible to apply. Applications may be submitted throughout the year, and are reviewed every six to eight weeks. Visit the foundation’s website for more information on the type of projects funded and the application process.

Kauffman Foundation Inclusion Challenge

The Kauffman Foundation just launched their Inclusion Challenge. This program is designed to find, understand and grant funds to nonprofit entrepreneur-support organizations that can help female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color achieve higher rates of success.  They expect to award $7 million to $8 million in grants over the next two years, at up to $500,000 per grantee. You can find more info and submit an application here.

The Safeco Insurance Fund

The Safeco Insurance Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that serve communities in the state of Washington. The Fund’s focus is on educational programs that encourage disadvantaged youth to excel academically and create opportunities for life-long success through learning. Grants are also provided to health and human services organizations that enhance the quality of life and safety in company communities. Priority populations include youth, low-income individuals and families, and people with disabilities. Visit the company’s to review the funding guidelines and submit an online application.

Artists as Innovators Grants

A coalition of artists, impact investors, foundations, and social innovators has announced the launch of a new organization dedicated to connecting artists and social entrepreneurs.With funding from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the Ford, Rockefeller, Mellon, and Surdna foundations, and in-kind support from the F.B. Heron Foundation, Upstart Co-Lab will work to connect artists with impact investing and social entrepreneurship opportunities and social innovators with the storytelling, improvisation, and creative intelligence of artists. Among other things, the organization aims to increase opportunities for artists as innovators, starting with a greater recognition of artists’ accomplishments in the private, social, and public sectors; catalyze more capital for creativity by making creativity investable through public equity, debt, and venture capital investment products; and contribute to the sustainability of creative lives by equipping artists with the skills needed to execute their ideas and linking eligible artists to existing social services and subsidies. Read the press release.

FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program

The FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program supports a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness, and control efforts throughout the U.S. and internationally. Funded projects include pre-fire planning for commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities; fire and arson prevention and investigation; and fire prevention education and training programs. Fire departments and brigades, as well as national, state, regional, local, and community organizations are eligible to apply. The application deadlines are April 1, August 1, and December 1, annually. Visit the FM Global website to review the frequently asked questions and submit an online grant application form.


Relief Fund Accepting Applications From Craftspeople in Need

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund is a national nonprofit organization that awards small grants and loans to professional craftspeople experiencing career-threatening illness, accident, fire, theft, or natural disaster. Financial assistance ranges from $500 to $8,000. Other services include referrals to craft suppliers who have agreed to offer discounts on materials and equipment to craftspeople eligible for CERF funds and booth fee waivers from specific craft show producers. Applicants must be a professional artist working in a craft discipline (e.g., a potter, metalsmith, glass artist, woodworker, fiber artist, or furniture maker) who has had a recent career-threatening emergency and is a legal resident of the U.S. For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the CERF website.


$100 Million TechHire Grant Competition


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has announced the availability of approximately $100 million in grant funds under the TechHire partnership and grant program. The program is designed to provide individuals with the skills they need and connect them to well-paying, middle- and high-skilled, and high-growth jobs across a diversity of H-1B industries. For more information please see the White House fact sheet and the funding opportunity notice on


Georgia-Pacific Foundation

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in communities where the company operates and where company employees live and work, including Camas, Olympia, and Tacoma, WA. Areas of interest consist of entrepreneurship, including market-based management courses at colleges and universities, and women and minority entrepreneur programs; community enrichment, including affordable housing, arts and culture, community safety, and youth enrichment programs; education, including job training and literacy; and the environment, including clean air and water, recycling, environmental education, and land and resource conservation. Grant applications are accepted between January 1 and October 31, annually. Application guidelines are available on the Georgia-Pacific website.

Eulalie Bloedel Schneider Foundation

The Eulalie Bloedel Schneider Foundation supports secular grassroots programs in the Puget Sound area that enhance individual and family self-sufficiency and economic stability. The focus is on skill-building and training programs that empower at-risk youth, women, and families to develop skills that would bring them towards economic self-sufficiency. The Foundation particularly encourages requests from organizations creating opportunities for the region’s immigrant communities. Pre-applications are due the third Monday in May, annually. The full proposal deadline is the second Monday in July, annually. Application guidelines are available on the Foundation’s website. 

Burning Foundation

The Burning Foundation provides grants to organizations addressing issues in Washington and Oregon. Priority issue areas include protecting threatened rivers and forests, nurturing native fish populations, and conserving land and open space for ecological and recreational purposes. Preference will be given to requests from local groups working to improve their immediate environment and from statewide groups addressing general conservation and protection issues, rather than national organizations with projects in the Pacific Northwest. For more information go to their web site.

Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG)

usda-rural1Agriculture under secretary Lisa Mensah recently announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants to support rural businesses and help create jobs. More than $28 million is expected to be available under the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program. Eligible applicants include public bodies, government entities, Indian tribes and nonprofit organizations. The new program, like its predecessors, is designed to assist the startup or expansion of small and emerging private businesses and/or nonprofits in rural communities. For additional information on how to apply, contact the USDA Rural Development Wisconsin State Office by calling (715) 345-7620 or send an email to For more information on USDA Rural Development programs visit

USDA Small Business Loans and Grants

usda-rural1USDA is accepting applications for loans and grants to support business expansion, create jobs and increase economic opportunities in rural communities. Funding is being provided through USDA’s Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP). RMAP provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) to help microentrepreneurs – very small businesses with 10 or fewer employees – access capital to start or grow businesses. MDOs use the funds to provide training and technical assistance to small businesses or to establish revolving loan funds that provide micro-loans, typically $5,000 to $50,000, to rural microentrepreneurs. Application forms may be obtained from any USDA Rural Development State Office.


American Honda Foundation

The American Honda Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and educational institutions nationwide that address the areas of youth and scientific education. The Foundation’s primary funding priority is youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; the environment; job training; and literacy. Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000. The annual application deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Visit the Foundation’s website to take the required eligibility quiz and submit an online application. Read more…

State Trade Export Promotion Grant (STEP)

Through a grant provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington State small businesses may apply for an export voucher worth up to $5,000 from the Washington State Department of Commerce. The funds may be used to offset export-related expenses such as trade show airfare and fees, international marketing campaigns, translation of marketing materials, interpreter fees and international certifications. Eligibility requirements apply, as well as a 25% company match of up to $1,250. For more information, contact Julie Monahan, Business Development Manager, at or 206-256-6147. Applications will be accepted through August 15, 2017.



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