Community Grants

This grant opportunity is currently closed and will reopen in 2025 for a new funding cycle. Reporting requirements for those who were awarded in 2023 will receive updated instructions from Community Foundation staff in 2024.

Click here to read the 2023 grants award announcement.


The Community Grants Program aims to strengthen our Lewis, Mason, and Thurston County communities through broad, diverse, and flexible funding. This program supports a wide range of nonprofit organizations contributing to the region's overall social, health, and environmental well-being across a broad range of focus areas.

Program Objectives

Click here to download a copy of the 2023 Community Grants Guidelines.

Click here to download a copy of the Application Questions.

In reviewing grant proposals, the Community Foundation prioritizes the following:

  • Impact: We support organizations contributing to individual and community well-being across a variety of focus areas including arts and culture, community and civic engagement, environment, animal welfare, health and wellness, basic needs, and economic opportunity.
  • Geography: We fund organizations that primarily work in our service area or fill unmet needs within our service area.
  • Accountability: We seek to fund services that are designed appropriately for the communities they serve and prioritize organizations that meaningfully engage the voices, perspectives, and expertise of their program participants.
  • Community Partnerships: We prioritize organizations that carry out their work in coordination with local community partners.
  • Equity: We support nonprofits serving all populations and seek to prioritize populations and communities with unequal access to resources and opportunities.

Most Grants Will Be Unrestricted

“Unrestricted grants” invest in a grantee’s mission, rather than specific projects or programs. Grantees may use funds as they see fit to reach their goals. This may include salaries, overhead, technology, marketing, and more. To qualify for unrestricted grants, an organization must be based in Lewis, Mason, or Thurston County and meet all other eligibility requirements.

Click here to read more about unrestricted funding and other updates to our Community Grants Program.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility is limited to organizations with up to date 501(c)(3) public charity status or groups fiscally sponsored by an eligible 501(c)(3) organization.

In addition to 501(c)(3) status or fiscal sponsorship:

  • Organizations must demonstrate basic organizational capacity, including reasonable financial health and governance practices, including a minimum of 3 board members.  
  • Organizations must acknowledge 100% of Community Grant funds will be used in Lewis, Mason, and/or Thurston County.
  • If you are applying under a fiscal sponsor, you will be asked to share the contact information of your fiscal sponsor and upload your sponsorship agreement. This is the only information that you will need to provide about your fiscal sponsor. Please answer all questions in the application as it pertains to your organization (not for your fiscal sponsor).

For additional information about eligibility see pages 3-4 of the 2023 Community Grants Guidelines.

Nondiscrimination Policy

The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound 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 other protected classes.

Let's Connect!

For questions related to this grant opportunity or the application process, please contact Tami Mason Lathrop (she/her), Program Officer, at or by phone at 564.999.4835.

Community Grants

Community Grants


The Community Foundation aspires to keep the community and our donors informed about the benefits generated from the grants we make.  Grantee reports help tell the stories of our communities and help our team learn more about your work so that we can communicate your work to the larger community.

To submit a Community Grants Report via the Community Foundation's online grants platform, log in to the online grants platform and click "Edit" to begin your grant report or to see a list of grant report questions.

Please send us a message using our contact form or call us at 360.705.3340 with questions regarding grant reporting or if you need help with the online Report Form.

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