Capital City Marathon Endowment Fund

The 2022 Capital City Marathon grant cycle has closed.

Applications were due May 27, 2022 and are currently under evaluation. If you are interested in learning more about this program, you can access the full 2022 Grant Guidelines HERE.

The Capital City Marathon Association (CCMA) is a nonprofit organization that has been providing a quality, local, all volunteer running event for 41 years. CCMA is committed to giving back to the community. To that end, in 2014 they established the Capital City Marathon Endowment Fund, which grows each year with proceeds from their event.

The Capital City Marathon Endowment Fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound.

Program Goals

Funding is available for projects in Thurston, Lewis, and Mason counties that will increase the  understanding and practice of healthy living. To accomplish this goal, the grant supports projects that focus on one or more of the  following:  

  • Personal health and fitness through the promotion of physical activity and exercise, such as running, group or individual sports, swimming, hiking, dancing, etc.
  • Nutrition, which can include nutrition education, or other positive health habits and attitudes  
  • Personal growth through accomplishment, such as preparing for a competition
  • Accessibility through the expansion of participation opportunities in a sport or healthy living activities

Grant details & deadlines

  • Grant amounts will range from $1,500 to $5,000.
  • We expect to make up to five grant awards in 2022.  
  • Applications must be received through our online grants platform by 11:59pm on Friday, May 27, 2022.  


Nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, booster clubs, public schools and/or school districts, local municipal governments, and tribal organizations are eligible to be considered for this grant. If your organization does not fall under an eligible category, you must secure a fiscal sponsor.

We consider applications that:  

  • Are complete and in the requested format and clearly describe proposed activities and plans  
  • Demonstrate reasonable financial health and basic capacity
  • Demonstrate how programs will be created, improved, or expanded due to grant funding  
  • Commit to documenting and submitting outcomes due to grant funding  
  • Align with Capital City Marathon Endowment Fund program goals
  • Serve Thurston, Lewis, and/or Mason counties

This grant does not support:  

  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, age, status as a veteran, national origin, or any protected classes  
  • Endowments, debt reduction, building funds, or annual fund campaigns
  • Activities or purchases that occur prior to grant decisions  
  • Individuals  
  • Political activities  
  • Religious organizations when funds would be used in whole or in part to further the organization’s religious purposes or where religious participation is required


We welcome you to contact us before you submit an application to ensure your project meets the  guidelines for this grant opportunity. If you have questions about the grants program or the application  process, please contact Daisha Versaw at or call us at 360-705-3340.

Capital City Marathon Endowment Fund


Download Application Questions

Online Grants Portal

The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound uses an online grants platform. The platform compiles information and support materials for all of the Community Foundation’s grant programs. If you are new to our online grants platform, you will need to create an account in our system. If you are unsure if your organization already has an account, please contact Melissa Rosscup by phone (360) 705-3340 or email before creating an account.

At the time of registration you will be asked to enter the following information:

  • A username that is an email address
  • Your contact information
  • Your organization's information, including the EIN/Tax ID number (required)
  • Contact information for the organization's Executive Director or CEO

Some suggestions for using the online grants platform:

  • We recommend you read the grant eligibility guidelines and reaching out with any questions you may have before starting your application.
  • Character limits include spaces and punctuation.
  • To work on your application in another language, please use the "Select Language" drop down button in the top left corner (will take a few minutes to load).
  • Copying and pasting text from a different platform (e.g., Word, Excel, etc.) may not transfer correctly – double check for errors before submitting application.
  • Once you start the application you can save your work throughout the process and come back to it later.
  • While there is an autosave feature, double check for a "Save" button at the bottom of the page before closing your browser.
  • Be sure to select “Apply” before beginning your application; data entered in the “Preview” page will not be saved.
  • The size of text boxes may be adjusted by dragging the lower right corner.
  • Required fields are indicated with an asterisk.
  • To create a PDF version of your completed application, click the "Application Packet" button at the top of the page.

If you have any questions, accessibility issues, need help with language translation, or have any trouble with the online grants platform, please contact Melissa Rosscup for assistance at or 360-705-3340.

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Summary of grant completed activities

At the conclusion of your grant-funded activities, you will be required to describe the project activities  conducted, elements of the project supported by grant funds, how grant funds increased participation,  and description of who the grant funds served.  

We will notify you by email when grant reports open. At that time, you'll be able to submit yours via the Community Foundation's online grants platform. Once you are logged in to the online grants platform you'll click "Edit" to begin your report or to see a list of grant report questions.

Additional Note

  • Grantees will be asked to share a photo with permission for use on CCMA's and the Community Foundation's website and social media.  
  • Grantees will be invited to table at Capital City Marathon's exposition event, the Run Fair, in May of 2023. CCMA offers this  optional opportunity to further support, raise awareness, and promote grantees and their community work.

"At any age, we all have assets to share. Small amounts make a difference. And we really are all in this together.”

- Janet, Community Foundation Fund Holder

“Philanthropy is an important piece of helping to sustain a thriving, healthy community... the dividends are a healthier, vibrant community.”

- Give Local Donor

"I know I can pick up the phone and call the CommunityFoundation and they'll take our call... I've been incredibly impressed with the generosity and sense of togetherness I've encountered in the South Sound. This community is strong because of that and only because of that."

- Brian, Local Nonprofit Leader