Grants & Awards

Rural LISC Community Facilities Fund

The Rural LISC Community Facilities Fund helps develop and improve essential community facilities (such as hospitals, healthcare centers, educational facilities, etc.) in rural areas. Nonprofits and public entities are eligible, though facilities must be located in rural areas with a population under 20,000; preference will be given for high-poverty or persistent poverty areas. Individual awards of $100,000 to $8 million. Application Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

New Schools Venture Fund’s Innovative Schools

The New Schools Venture Fund’s Innovative Schools program invests in teams of educators planning to launch new nonprofit public schools that prepare young people to finish high school prepared and inspired to create and live the lives they want. Planning grants of $200,000 will be provided; at the end of the planning phase, teams may apply for an investment that would support their first two to three years of operation. The application deadline is November 26, 2018. Visit the NewSchools Venture Fund website to learn more.

The America's Farmers Grow Communities Project
The America’s Farmers Grow Communities Project allows farmers to direct $2,500 to local nonprofit organizations that are important to them and their communities. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, has awarded more than $29 Million to over 8,000 organizations – from local food banks, to community centers, to fire and EMS workers.  Entries for awards must be received by November 1, 2018.
Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration
The Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) making $587 million available to eligible grantees in communities impacted by natural disasters in 2017. EDA disaster grants are made by its Regional Offices under the agency’s Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program (PDF), which enables EDA to make awards that support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities in areas which experience sudden and prolonged severe economic dislocation. There are no application deadlines and the agency will accept proposals on a rolling basis until all funds are obligated.
Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)
Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) provides funding to help nonprofit housing and community development intermediary organizations support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Recipients and beneficiaries of the funding, but not the Intermediary, must be located in a city or town that has a population of 50,000 or less. Application Deadline: Jun 25, 2018 
Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program
Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program: Local Systems seeks to build strong, healthy cities nationwide by promoting the integration of arts and culture in community revitalization. The Local Systems focus area funds organizations that infuse creativity into comprehensive community development and urban planning practices. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Local Systems focus area. Kresge accept and review these proposals on an ongoing basis. There is no deadline. 
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts has published guidelines and the application for the next funding round of Our Town, the agency’s primary creative placemaking grants program. The Our Town program supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. The funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place. Link to Complete RFP. Applications dues July 19, 2018
Operation Homefront
Operation Homefront founded in 2002, is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families. Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.
YoungArts Foundation
The National YoungArts Foundation provides emerging artists (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) with opportunities to work with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue a career in the arts. YoungArts is accepting applications for its 2018 Prize cycle, which offers support in ten artistic disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing. Deadline: October 12, 2018.
Humanities Washington Opportunity Grants
Humanities Washington Opportunity Grants are available to small or rural organizations for public humanities presentations. Opportunity grants do not require a funding match, and organizations may request up to $1,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and until all funds are distributed.
Walmart Community Grant Program
The Walmart Foundation is accepting applications through its Community Grant Program. Through the annual program, grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to support local nonprofit organizations within the service area of individual Walmart stores in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and/or career opportunities. To be eligible, an organization must be tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), (4), (6) or (19). Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 31 2018. Link to Complete RFP.
Charlotte Martin Foundation
The Charlotte Martin Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that provide services to communities throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The Foundation currently provides grants in the following focus areas: The Increasing Opportunities for Minority Youth category and the Promoting Biodiversity in a Changing Climate category. Grants in both categories range up to $25,000. The 2018 application deadlines are March 1 and September 1. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the funding guidelines and submit an online application.
NewSchools Venture Fund
NewSchools Venture Fund is a national nonprofit that supports and invests in promising entrepreneurs and teams of educators who want to reimagine learning and achieve outstanding results for schools, students, and educators. To help advance this mission, the fund is accepting applications from teams of educators and entrepreneurs with bold ideas for reimagining pre-K-12 learning. Various application dates. Link to Complete RFP.
Pollination Project
The Pollination Project is accepting applications from individuals for projects in the areas of arts and culture, community health and wellness, the environment, and justice. Seed grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to social entrepreneurs for projects in the early stages of development; Applications are funded throughout the year. Link to Complete RFP
Beneficial State Foundation Sponsorship Program
Beneficial State Foundation Sponsorship Program supports nonprofit organizations in the communities the bank serves in California, Oregon, and Washington. Sponsorships of up to $1,000 are provided to organizations that are engaged in affordable housing, sustainable community and economic development, minority-owned businesses, clean and efficient energy, recycling, and sustainable food, fisheries, and agriculture. Sponsorship applications are reviewed throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online sponsorship request
Streetshares Foundation
The StreetShares Foundation gives away $10,000 in veteran business grants to veteran or military spouse entrepreneurs each month. The Foundation is a non-profit associated with the military social lending platform.
Strong Local Economies Program

Surdna Foundation: The goal of the Strong Local Economies Program is to support the development of robust and sustainable economies that include a wide range of businesses and access to quality jobs.  We aim to create opportunities for upward economic mobility among communities that have experienced historical economic barriers, including low-income people, communities of color, women, and immigrants.  Letters of Inquiry are accepted throughout the year.

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.

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. Grant decisions throughout the year at Board meetings that occur every six to eight weeks.
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.


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 international trade show/trade mission fees, international airfare, shipping of samples, compliance testing, website translation, and services from the US Commercial Service. Eligibility requirements apply, as well as a 25% company match of up to $1,250. For more information, contact Michele Ko, Business Development Manager, at or 206-256-6102. Applications will be accepted through August 31, 2019.

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