2019 Community Grants

Application Due Date: August 9

Download the 2019 Community Grants Guidelines

Through our Community Grants, the Community Foundation aims to build community capacity and support individual and community well-being in Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties. Offered once per year, the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound’s Community Grants program is a significant source of community funding. The program is made possible by generous donors who have contributed unrestricted and broadly defined area-of-interest gifts which allow us to respond to the community’s changing opportunities and challenges over time. VIEW 2018 COMMUNITY GRANTS RECIPIENTS

To apply, you will need to create an account in our online grants platform, if you don’t already have one. Once you start the application you can save your work throughout the process and come back to it later. We recommend you read through the grant and eligibility guidelines before starting your application. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact Philanthropic Services & Programs Director, Mindie Reule at mreule@thecommunityfoundation.com.

Program Details

  • We award roughly 80 grants annually through our Community Grants program
  • Award amounts typically range from $2,500 to $10,000
  • Total awards through this program in 2019 will be approximately $400,000
  • Our giving area is Thurston, Mason, and/or Lewis Counties
  • There is one Community Grants cycle in 2019 with an open application period from June 17 through August 9, 2019
  • Funds awarded from the 2019 Community Grants cycle are for use in 2020

New This Year
Thanks to a generous grant from Premera Blue Cross, the Community Foundation has an additional Health Initiative grant opportunity. Approximately $90,000 is available to support small and mid-sized organizations working in the fields of behavioral health and health equity. There is a separate, concurrent application process for these funds. Click here to view the Health Initiative grant guidelines. Organizations may apply to both the Community Grants process and the Health Initiative grant process.

Give Local is Back for 2019

Give Local is a crowdfunding campaign hosted by the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound that supports nonprofits in Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties. With a heavily visited online giving platform, huge social media campaign, $100,000 Incentive Fund, and lots of word of mouth buzz, this online giving event helps raise funds and awareness for local nonprofits. Give Local will take place in from October 29 through November 21, 2019. Organizations may indicate their interest in Give Local in the Community Grants application.

2019 Timeline

June 17         Application Process Opens     

August 9       Applications Due

Sept.-Oct.     Grants Committees Review Applications, Conduct Interviews

Late Nov.       Grant Award Notifications

Dec. 31           Grant checks mailed

View 2019 Community Grants Guidelines