Current Grant Opportunities

Seattle Foundation offers select discretionary grants for nonprofit organizations.


Duwamish - King County


These discretionary grants are targeted programs and multi-year community leadership initiatives that connect Seattle Foundation donors to effective King County nonprofit organizations. Please email grantmaking@seattlefoundation.org or call 206.515.2109 with any questions. 

If you have received funding, please complete and return the Grant Status Report (docx) within a year of receiving a discretionary grant.


Current opportunities:

Resilience Fund

Applications due June 26. Read more about the application process.

The Resilience Fund supports and strengthens community organizations that are working to increase the protections and resilience of vulnerable residents in King County. This fund is similar to rapid response funds developed around the nation by other communities and organizations to address increasing needs and concerns. Developed by Seattle Foundation in partnership with King County, and support from Medina Foundation, Stolte Family Foundation and Emerald Fund, the Resilience Fund will provide grants of up to $25,000 to community-based nonprofits. In 2017, there will be two grant cycles, with deadlines of June 26 and September 29. King County’s funding will allow a minimum of $350,000 to be awarded to support immigrant and refugee led efforts. Read more about the application process.

Birkenfeld Memorial Trust Fund at Seattle Foundation

Applications (docx) due August 15.

The C. Keith Birkenfeld Memorial Trust was established in 2006 as an Area of Interest Fund of Seattle Foundation. The goal of the Trust is to make one-time grants to organizations improving the quality of life for Puget Sound residents. We are looking for organizations that are working in the arts, horticulture, wildlife, maritime and human service sectors, particularly agencies serving residents in Kitsap, Mason, Thurston and Jefferson Counties in Washington and Columbia County in Oregon.

Grants are awarded annually, with Kitsap County charitable organizations receiving first consideration. Previous grants made by the Trust range from $3,000 to $1,000,000, with an average grant size of $220,000.

The Whitehorse Foundation

Letters of inquiry can be submitted on an ongoing basis to grantmaking@seattlefoundation.org.

The Whitehorse Foundation was established in 1990 as a supporting organization of Seattle Foundation. The mission of The Whitehorse Foundation is to fund organizations working to improve the quality of life for residents of Snohomish County, Washington. Each grant application to the Foundation is thoughtfully considered by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

There is a two-step application process. The first step in seeking support is to submit a concise two-page letter of inquiry describing your project and request. The second step is a formal application process for those requests that are determined to meet the Foundation’s funding criteria.

Letters of inquiry can be submitted at any time and the board meets twice a year to consider funding requests.
We understand that worthwhile efforts may require several years of support to achieve their objectives. We will fund projects for several years, sometimes by approving multi-year grants to be paid in annual installments. However, annual funding renewal is always subject to review and approval by the Foundation board, based on progress reports and performance in the previous year.

Grants are made to nonprofit organizations for project support or ongoing operating support. The Foundation is interested in programs in the early stages of development, which convey an achievable funding plan (demonstrating strong community commitment) or a compelling impact.




Other Grants

The Medical Funds

Application deadline for 2016 has passed.

Seattle Foundation administers the Medical Funds program to support medical research of potential benefit to the community and to address specific healthcare needs. All applicant organizations must be located primarily in King County and qualify as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.

A total amount of $175,000 is available for grants annually. Typically no more than $25,000 is disbursed to any one organization.

Applications (docx) and all required materials must be sent via email AND postal mail (postmarked) on or before October 1, 2017. Please review the application instructions (pdf) closely before submitting an application.

full report (docx) of how the funds were used is due within 12 months of receipt of the grant. Any funds not used for the purpose specified should be returned to Seattle Foundation.

Benjamin N. Phillips Memorial Fund

Application deadline for 2017 has passed.

Grants are awarded annually to a broad range of charitable organizations serving Clallam County, Washington. Grants are predominately made for one year, with no implied renewal funding. However, a two-year grant will be considered if a case is made for why funding is required for a longer period. An example of this exception is a planning or capacity-building process occurring over a two-year period of time.



To help evaluate and measure how Seattle Foundation's support helped your organization, please complete and return the Grant Status Report (docx) within a year of receiving funding.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us at grantmaking@seattlefoundation.org or call 206-515-2109.




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