Thurston Strong Partnership Grants for Nonprofits


The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound is excited to announce a new grant program supporting nonprofits in Thurston County. The Community Foundation will administer up to $1.5 million for nonprofit organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19.

This crucial CARES Act funding from Thurston County is being made available through our collaboration with Thurston Strong, an economic recovery initiative led by our partners at the Thurston Economic Development Council. Throughout the pandemic, Thurston Strong has provided resources and financial support to improve the resilience of local businesses and nonprofits. This new Nonprofit Grant Fund expands that vital effort as well as the Community Foundation's work to address immediate basic needs through our COVID-19 Response Fund in partnership with the United Ways of Thurston, Lewis, and Mason Counties.

Program Details

During the past six months, the Thurston nonprofit community experienced financial consequences and made rapid adaptations due to COVID-19.  This grant offers nonprofits an opportunity to submit receipts for some of those expenses and receive a grant, allocated based upon an annual operating budget. For more detailed questions, please call 360-705-3340 or email for technical assistance.

Eligible Recipients

  • Must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity
  • Nonprofit organizations that are currently operating or reopening
  • An organization must have a headquarters or major operations located in Thurston County (grant funding must be spent in Thurston County)
  • Childcare providers eligible IF providing other services (childcare-only nonprofits see Childcare Grant Fund)
  • Thurston Strong-affiliated nonprofits are ineligible
  • Grant funding must be used for COVID-related impact reimbursement and/or COVID-induced operational change expenses
  • Eligibility for programs run by religious organizations will be determined on a case by case basis and must meet a critical need in the community and not require religious participation

Priority Consideration

Priority will be for nonprofits providing essential services, e.g. healthcare, shelter, hunger relief, family support, etc.  However, all types of nonprofits may apply.

Eligible Amount

Amounts are based on 2019 Nonprofit Applicant Operating Budget: 

          Under $50,000                     up to $2,500

          $50,000 to$500,000            up to $10,000

          $500,000 to $1,000,000      up to $15,000

          Above $1,000,000                up to $20,000

     * Boderline determinations made at discretion of Community Foundation

Ineligible Expenses

  • Anything not associated with reopening or adapting a business that existed prior to March 1, 2020
  • Funding may NOT be used for expenses that have been or will be reimbursed by other federal funding programs (e.g. Economic Disaster Injury Loan or Payroll Protection Program)


  • In operation prior to March 1, 2020
  • In good standing with the IRS
  • Completed W9  

Application Timeline

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until funding has been exhausted, with the intent to close the application portal on Friday, October 30th.

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