Community Grants



2022 Community Grants Program Details

  • We award around 80 grants annually through our Community Grants program
  • Requested amount may be up to $5,000; awards typically range from $1,500 to $5,000
  • Total awards through this program in 2022 will be approximately $350,000
  • 2022 Community Grants applications will open July 11, 2022, and close August 26, 2022
  • To get an idea of what we fund, view the 2021 Community Grant awards HERE.

Program Objectives

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 (Thurston, Lewis, and Mason counties, WA).
  • Equity: We support nonprofits serving all populations and seek to prioritize populations and communities with unequal access to resources and opportunities.  
  • 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.

Grants Committees made up of community volunteers review and score applications and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.

We welcome inquiries from community members who wish to serve as volunteers on one of our Community Grants committees and/or serve on our Board of Directors. If you would like to know more, please email

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 Thurston, Mason, or Lewis 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 Thurston, Mason, and/or Lewis County.


  • 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
  • Individuals
  • Partisan political activities
  • Religious organizations when funds would be used in whole or in part to further the organization’s religious purposes
  • National and statewide organizations that cannot demonstrate a strong community-based local presence in Lewis, Mason, or Thurston Counties
  • Re-granting organizations, service clubs and service club foundations
  • Schools, school districts, PTOs, preschools, childcare centers, camps, and sports teams

NOTES AND EXCEPTIONS: Organizations with a regional or statewide geography that can demonstrate a strong, local, community-based presence and meet otherwise unmet needs in our geography may apply. Religious or faith-based organizations whose applications demonstrate programs that meet a critical need in the community, do not require religious participation, and align with the Community Foundation’s nondiscrimination policy may apply. Organizations that offer childcare, including camps, which offer robust or inclusive programming or serve underserved populations may apply.

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.

Due Date

Applications are due on Friday, August 26th at 11:59pm. Applications received after the due date will not be accepted. Please note that staff will be available to answer questions and offer technical assistance until 5:00pm on Friday, August 26th. We recommend beginning your application before the due date—especially if you are new to our online grants system.

Contact Us!

We welcome and encourage questions about the Community Grants process. For questions about the Community Grants program or online grants platform, please contact Melissa Rosscup, Programs Coordinator, at (360) 705-3340 or



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Apply Now: Online Grants Platform

The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound uses an online grants platform to compile information and support materials for our grant programs. If you are new to our system, you will need to create 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

Once you start the application you can save your work throughout the process and come back to it later. We recommend reading the grant and eligibility guidelines before you begin.

APPLY NOW: Click here to access the online grants platform.

APPLICATION QUESTIONS: Click here to view the 2022 Community Grants Application Questions PDF.


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 at or (360) 705-3340 for assistance.

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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.  The Grant Report is used to capture information to help us communicate your work to the larger community.

If you received a grant from the Community Foundation through our 2021 Community Grants program, we will require a grant report by August 26, 2022.

To submit a 2021 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 contact Melissa Rosscup at with any questions about the online grant report.

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