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Applying

How do I apply?
A Letter of Inquiry (LOI) must be submitted first. We may request a proposal after reviewing your LOI. Please do not submit a full proposal unless requested.
Review our LOI requirements >

When is the next deadline?
There are no deadlines. We accept LOIs on a rolling basis.

What is your average grant amount?
Our grants range from $1,000 to $25,000.

How often can I apply?
We generally do not provide grants to an organization in back-to-back years. We prefer to see a 24-month interim between grants.

 

Letters of Inquiry and Proposals

How many copies of the LOI and proposal should we send?
We only need one copy.

What happens after we submit a Letter of Inquiry?
We will contact your organization within approximately 60 days after we receive your LOI to inform you of whether you have been selected. We may either award a grant from the LOI or request a formal proposal for further review.

How long will it take before I hear about my LOI?
We respond to LOIs within 60 days.

Our LOI was declined. Can we reapply?
Yes, but please carefully consider the reasons given for the decline and any feedback from us before submitting another LOI. Generally, it is not recommended that you reapply for the same project for at least one year.

When, and how, do I submit a proposal?
We will contact you if you have been selected to submit a proposal. At that time, we will share specific proposal guidelines, provide a list of required documents, and assign a due date for submission.
Formal proposal >

How long does it take to receive a response?
The entire process from initial proposal to Board decision generally ranges from 3 to 6 months.

 

Funding

What happens after we are awarded a grant?
We usually mail checks within 30 days of approval with a letter that 1) restates the purposes outlined in your LOI or proposal and 2) outlines reporting requirements.

 

Eligibility

We aren’t located in Tacoma or Pierce County, but we serve people from the area. Can we apply?

Local service organizations located outside our giving areas generally do not qualify. However, regional resources that won’t likely be replicated in our area may receive funding.

We are not classified as a 501(c)(3). Can we apply?
Sorry, we only award to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.