Grants & Awards

New Schools Venture Fund’s Innovative Schools

The New Schools Venture Fund’s Innovative Schools program invests in teams of educators planning to launch new nonprofit public schools that prepare young people to finish high school prepared and inspired to create and live the lives they want. Planning grants of $200,000 will be provided; at the end of the planning phase, teams may apply for an investment that would support their first two to three years of operation. The application deadline is November 26, 2018. Visit the NewSchools Venture Fund website to learn more.

New Schools Venture Fund’s Diverse Leaders
The New Schools Venture Fund’s Diverse Leaders program invests in entrepreneurs with bold ideas to grow, advance, and support Black and Latino leadership in education. Ideas may include efforts to recruit new diverse leaders, accelerate the careers of diverse leaders, create networks of diverse leaders, etc. Nonprofit organizations and social entrepreneurs are eligible to apply for one-year grants ranging from $100,000 to $200,000. The application deadline is September 7, 2018.
Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program
The Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program, established by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues. The Foundation’s Grant Program supports local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America, with emphasis on Business and Economic Development, Community Development, Education, and Telecommunications. Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions may apply for grants ranging from $500 to $5,000. The application deadline is September 15, 2018. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the application information.
Wildhorse Foundation

The Wildhorse Foundation in Pendleton, Oregon, serves the tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla) located in the area now known as northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington. Each year, the foundation makes grants to eligible organizations in that homeland area.

Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded in the areas of arts, cultural activities, education, environmental protection, gambling addiction prevention education and treatment, historic preservation, public health, public safety, and salmon restoration. Link to Complete RFP. There are four grant periods per year.  Deadlines are January 1, April 1, July 1 & October 1.

The America's Farmers Grow Communities Project
The America’s Farmers Grow Communities Project allows farmers to direct $2,500 to local nonprofit organizations that are important to them and their communities. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, has awarded more than $29 Million to over 8,000 organizations – from local food banks, to community centers, to fire and EMS workers.  Entries for awards must be received by November 1, 2018.
Continuum of Care Program
The Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care Program seeks to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness, and provides support to re-house homeless individuals and families, promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by the homeless, and optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness. The application deadline is September 18, 2018.
Youthbuild Program
The Department of Labor YouthBuild Program offers funding for organizations providing pre-apprenticeship services that support education, occupational skills training, and employment services for at-risk youth, ages 16 to 24, who are performing meaningful work and service to their communities. The application deadline is September 18, 2018.
Regional Innovation Strategies Program
The Department of Commerce Regional Innovation Strategies Program supports capacity building programs that provide proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs. The program also offers operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage funding to startups. For a grant synopsis, click here. The application deadline is August 29, 2018.
Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration
The Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) making $587 million available to eligible grantees in communities impacted by natural disasters in 2017. EDA disaster grants are made by its Regional Offices under the agency’s Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program (PDF), which enables EDA to make awards that support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities in areas which experience sudden and prolonged severe economic dislocation. There are no application deadlines and the agency will accept proposals on a rolling basis until all funds are obligated.
Leavitt AMP Music Series
The Levitt AMP Music Series was created in 2014 by the Levitt Foundation, as a pioneer in the creative placemaking movement. The foundation has issued a Call for Applications for its Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards program. Through the program, grants of up to $25,000 in matching funds will be awarded to a minimum of fifteen U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, or municipalities partnering with a nonprofit, to present a minimum of ten free outdoor concerts presented over ten consecutive weeks between May 1 and November 15, 2019. Link to Complete RFP . Online applications for the 2019 Levitt AMP grants program will open July 17 and close September 25, 2018
The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program
The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program attracts private capital into low-income/rural communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial intermediaries called Community Development Entities (CDEs). The credit totals 39 percent of the original investment amount and is claimed over a period of seven years. Deadline for application is Jun 28, 2018
Wildhorse Foundation
The Wildhorse Foundation serves the tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla) located in the area now known as northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington. Each year, the foundation makes grants to eligible organizations in that homeland area. In 20018, grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded in the areas of arts and cultural activities; education; environmental protection; gambling addiction prevention, education and treatment; historic preservation; public health; public safety; and salmon restoration. Link to Complete RFP. The next grant deadline is July 1, 2018 at 5pm.
BUILD Discretionary Grants
U.S. Department of Transportation BUILD Discretionary Grants provides grants for capital investments in unmet surface transportation infrastructure needs with an emphasis on rural areas and tribal lands. The Department of Transportation’s priorities include growing rural economies, facilitating freight movement, improving access to reliable and affordable transportation options, and enhancing health access and safety for residents. Application Deadline: Jul 19, 2018 
Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI)
Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) provides funding to help nonprofit housing and community development intermediary organizations support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Recipients and beneficiaries of the funding, but not the Intermediary, must be located in a city or town that has a population of 50,000 or less. Application Deadline: Jun 25, 2018 
Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program
Kresge Foundation: Arts and Culture Program: Local Systems seeks to build strong, healthy cities nationwide by promoting the integration of arts and culture in community revitalization. The Local Systems focus area funds organizations that infuse creativity into comprehensive community development and urban planning practices. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Local Systems focus area. Kresge accept and review these proposals on an ongoing basis. There is no deadline. 
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts has published guidelines and the application for the next funding round of Our Town, the agency’s primary creative placemaking grants program. The Our Town program supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. The funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place. Link to Complete RFP. Applications dues July 19, 2018
Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program provides support to modify or rehabilitate veterans’ primary residences or to provide organizations with technical, administrative, and training support in connection with those services. HUD will award up to $13,700,000 to nonprofit organizations that provide nationwide or statewide programs that primarily serve veterans or low-income individuals. Grants will be competitively awarded up to $1 million each to selected applicant. The application deadline is June 25, 2018.
Operation Homefront
Operation Homefront founded in 2002, is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families. Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.
Department of Agriculture Community Development Initiative
The Department of Agriculture Rural Community Development Initiative supports organizations that will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development. The application deadline is June 25, 2018.
Jubilation Foundation
Jubilation Foundation a fund of the Tides Foundation, supports nonprofit organizations in Oregon and Washington with an exceptional talent for helping young people feel fully alive through rhythm, as expressed in music and dance. Grants generally range from $2,000 to $10,000. Letters of intent must be submitted by July 15, 2018.
Home Depot Foundation: Veteran Housing Grants Program
The Home Depot Foundation: Veteran Housing Grants Program awards funding to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States for the new construction or rehabilitation of multifamily, permanent supportive housing and transitional facilities for veterans. Grants ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 are available. Application deadline is July 13, 2018
Our Town
Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into strategies for strengthening communities. Proposals are due August 9, 2018.
Waterfront Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program
The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program (WIFIA) provides secured, direct loans and loan guarantees for eligible water infrastructure projects, with 15% of funds set aside for small, rural, and tribal communities that serve populations less than 25,000. Links to application instructions and the WIFIA handbook are available on the program website. Application deadline is July 6, 2018.
Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant Programs
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant Programs provides funding to create and/or implement a plan to revitalize distressed HUD housing; improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment, income, health, and education; and encourage public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to improve safety, schools, and commercial activity. Applications are due Jun 12, 2018.
Oregon Community Foundation
The Oregon Community Foundation is accepting applications for its Community Grants program, which provides funding in support of capacity-building initiatives, capital projects, and/or to provide bridge funding for creative, sustainable solutions that address the needs of all Oregonians. To be eligible, applicants must be recognized as tax exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be based in Oregon. The average grants amount is $20,000. The foundation will begin accepting applications on June 1, 2018. Link to Complete RFP
Communities Thrive Challenge
The Communities Thrive Challenge, a program of the Rockefeller Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, is open to charitable organizations that are working to expand economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities in the United States. The focus is on nonprofit programs, businesses, organizing or advocacy models, technologies, economic development strategies, or other approaches that deliver significant and consistent results in any of the following areas: Better Work, Skills Development and Opportunity Matching, Financial Security, and Economically Vibrant Communities. The registration deadline is June 12, 2018; online applications must be submitted by June 19, 2018.
YoungArts Foundation
The National YoungArts Foundation provides emerging artists (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) with opportunities to work with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue a career in the arts. YoungArts is accepting applications for its 2018 Prize cycle, which offers support in ten artistic disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing. Deadline: October 12, 2018.
Humanities Washington Stories Fund Grants
Humanities Washington Stories Fund Grants are awarded once per year to projects that highlight and share the little-known stories of a person or group whose contributions add to the cultural richness and health of Washington State. In 2018 we will award four grants of $5,000 to groups or organizations through a competitive process, and projects require a funding match. We are accepting letters of intent through June 8, with full applications due July 20. View the Washington Stories Fund guidelines here.
Humanities Washington Opportunity Grants
Humanities Washington Opportunity Grants are available to small or rural organizations for public humanities presentations. Opportunity grants do not require a funding match, and organizations may request up to $1,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and until all funds are distributed.
USDA Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement
The USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (USDA- OPPE) today announced up to $8.4 million in available funding for training and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. Eligible entities must have experience in providing agricultural education or other agricultural-related services for socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2018. See the request for applications for full details.
Community Connect Grant Program
The Community Connect Grant program, a program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Utilities Service helps fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service. Broadband service should benefit residential and business customers in a service area, as well as critical community facilities, such as healthcare, public schools, fire stations, and libraries. Deadlines May 14, 2018. View Program Website.
Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant
The Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant provides funding to empower communities to lead healthier lives by increasing the opportunities to make healthy choices in the places where people live, learn, work, play, and pray. The Aetna Foundation is seeking projects that benefit underserved, low-income, and minority communities in both rural and urban areas. Letter of Intent (Required): Apr 18, 2018. Application: Jun 15, 2018. View Program Website.
Walmart Community Grant Program
The Walmart Foundation is accepting applications through its Community Grant Program. Through the annual program, grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to support local nonprofit organizations within the service area of individual Walmart stores in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and/or career opportunities. To be eligible, an organization must be tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), (4), (6) or (19). Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 31 2018. Link to Complete RFP.
Charlotte Martin Foundation
The Charlotte Martin Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that provide services to communities throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The Foundation currently provides grants in the following focus areas: The Increasing Opportunities for Minority Youth category and the Promoting Biodiversity in a Changing Climate category. Grants in both categories range up to $25,000. The 2018 application deadlines are March 1 and September 1. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the funding guidelines and submit an online application.
NewSchools Venture Fund
NewSchools Venture Fund is a national nonprofit that supports and invests in promising entrepreneurs and teams of educators who want to reimagine learning and achieve outstanding results for schools, students, and educators. To help advance this mission, the fund is accepting applications from teams of educators and entrepreneurs with bold ideas for reimagining pre-K-12 learning. Various application dates. Link to Complete RFP.
Pollination Project
The Pollination Project is accepting applications from individuals for projects in the areas of arts and culture, community health and wellness, the environment, and justice. Seed grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to social entrepreneurs for projects in the early stages of development; Applications are funded throughout the year. Link to Complete RFP
Beneficial State Foundation Sponsorship Program
Beneficial State Foundation Sponsorship Program supports nonprofit organizations in the communities the bank serves in California, Oregon, and Washington. Sponsorships of up to $1,000 are provided to organizations that are engaged in affordable housing, sustainable community and economic development, minority-owned businesses, clean and efficient energy, recycling, and sustainable food, fisheries, and agriculture. Sponsorship applications are reviewed throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online sponsorship request
Streetshares Foundation
The StreetShares Foundation gives away $10,000 in veteran business grants to veteran or military spouse entrepreneurs each month. The Foundation is a non-profit associated with the military social lending platform.
Strong Local Economies Program

Surdna Foundation: The goal of the Strong Local Economies Program is to support the development of robust and sustainable economies that include a wide range of businesses and access to quality jobs.  We aim to create opportunities for upward economic mobility among communities that have experienced historical economic barriers, including low-income people, communities of color, women, and immigrants.  Letters of Inquiry are accepted throughout the year.

#Girlboss Foundation Grant

The #Girlboss Foundation will award a single $15,000 grant in 2017 to a female entrepreneur pursuing a creative endeavor. In addition to the cash grant, the recipient will receive exposure through #GIRLBOSS® digital channels. See the #Girlboss Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Link to Complete RFP

Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP)

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the FY 2017 Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO). Through it, the EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive merit basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches in distressed communities. The estimated total program funding is between the award ceiling of $3 million and award floor of $100,000. Additional information on this funding opportunity and eligibility can be accessed here.

Washington Foundation for the Environment
The Washington Foundation for the Environment provides grants to nonprofit organizations in Washington State that offer local environmental education projects. Grants generally range in size from $200 to $2,000, with a typical grant amount of $1,000. Grants are often awarded to projects not traditionally funded by the region’s bigger environmental foundations. Both new and long-established groups are eligible to apply. Applications may be submitted throughout the year, and are reviewed every six to eight weeks. Visit the foundation’s website for more information on the type of projects funded and the application process. Grant decisions throughout the year at Board meetings that occur every six to eight weeks.
USDA Small Business Loans and Grants

usda-rural1USDA is accepting applications for loans and grants to support business expansion, create jobs and increase economic opportunities in rural communities. Funding is being provided through USDA’s Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP). RMAP provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) to help microentrepreneurs – very small businesses with 10 or fewer employees – access capital to start or grow businesses. MDOs use the funds to provide training and technical assistance to small businesses or to establish revolving loan funds that provide micro-loans, typically $5,000 to $50,000, to rural microentrepreneurs. Application forms may be obtained from any USDA Rural Development State Office.


State Trade Export Promotion Grant (STEP)
Through a grant provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington State small businesses may apply for an export voucher worth up to $5,000 from the Washington State Department of Commerce. The funds may be used to offset export-related expenses such as international trade show/trade mission fees, international airfare, shipping of samples, compliance testing, website translation, and services from the US Commercial Service. Eligibility requirements apply, as well as a 25% company match of up to $1,250. For more information, contact Michele Ko, Business Development Manager, at or 206-256-6102. Applications will be accepted through August 31, 2018.
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