2018 Community Grants

OUR 2018 Community Grants process is closed applicants will be notified in late October 2018.

The Community Foundation’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. Our service area is Thurston, Mason, and Lewis counties.


Through our Community Grants, the Community Foundation aims to build community capacity and support individual and community well-being. We define community capacity as the combined influence of our region’s commitment, resources, and skills to build upon community strengths and address community issues.

Program Details

The Community Foundation awards roughly 65-80 grants annually through our Community Grants program. Award amounts typically range from $2,500 to $10,000. Total awards through this program in 2018 will be approximately $350,000. There is one Community Grants cycle in 2018 with an open application period from May 14 through August 3. Between 80 and 115 requests are submitted each cycle. Funds awarded in 2018 are for use in 2019.

Click here to view a list of grant recipients from our 2017 Community Grants process.

Give Local is Back for 2018

Give Local is a crowdfunding campaign hosted by the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound. It features nonprofits who have applied for a grant from the Community Foundation, but need additional funds to meet their goal. As part of the 2018 Community Grants process, nonprofits will have the opportunity to opt in or out of Give Local. Give Local will take place from October 31 through November 20, 2018. Our goals for Give Local are to leverage the Community Foundation's support to attract additional funding for nonprofit organizations and to inspire giving throughout our communities. Click here to view the results of Give Local South Puget Sound for 2017. Click here to view the nonprofit organizations that participated in Give Local last year.

2018 Timeline

May 14          Application Process Opens

June                Grants Information Sessions

                                      Lewis County: June 14, 10:30-11:30am, Centralia Library

                                      Mason County: June 14, 3:00-4:00pm, Shelton Library  

                                     Thurston County: June 18, 3:00-4:00pm, Community Foundation            

August 3       Applications Due

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

Late Oct.       Grant Award Notifications

View 2018 Community Grants Guidelines.