Grants & Awards

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) is the only federal program exclusively dedicated to training the next generation of farmers and ranchers. This highly successful initiative provides competitively awarded grants to academic institutions, state extension services, producer groups, and community organizations to support and train new farmers and ranchers across the country.  Learn more here . Letter of intent due January 11. Closing date is February 18, 2018.

Grand Challenges Initiative
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Misk Foundation have announced the launch of a $10 million Grand Challenges initiative aimed at empowering, inspiring, and catalyzing young people to transform their communities and change the world. The joint partnership will award $100,000 each to a hundred young innovators eager to develop fresh, innovative solutions to urgent global challenges. Learn more.
Clif Bar Family Foundation
The Clif Bar Family Foundation is accepting applications for its Small Grants program. Through the program, the foundation will award general support grants of up to $7,000 as well as funding for specific projects in one or more of its five focus areas: promoting Earth’s beauty and bounty; creating robust, healthy food systems; increasing opportunities for outdoor activity; reducing environmental health hazards; and building stronger communities. Application deadline is February 1, 2018. Link to Complete RFP
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.

#Girlboss Foundation Grant

The #Girlboss Foundation will award a single $15,000 grant in 2017 to a female entrepreneur pursuing a creative endeavor. In addition to the cash grant, the recipient will receive exposure through #GIRLBOSS® digital channels. See the #Girlboss Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Link to Complete RFP

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 Michele.ko@commerce.wa.gov or 206-256-6102. Applications will be accepted through August 31, 2018.

AmazonSmile

 

The AmazonSmile program gives 0.5% of any purchase on AmazonSmile to charities and non-profits that are part of the AmazonSmile network.  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support many that are from economic and community development organizations in Washington like the NW Innovation Resource Center.  For more information, click here.

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