Grant Opportunities – 2020

Snohomish County CARES Grant Application-CLOSED

Through a partnership with Snohomish County and Community Foundation a new nonprofit stabilization and capacity-building grant application opens on September 4th.

The grant program is part of the county’s plan to use federal CARES Act resources to support local non-profit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as they work to support community members in need.

Data for Snohomish County provides insight about our hardest hit community members. The focus of the program is on nonprofits that serve diverse and/or marginalized populations and have an annual operating budget of $500,000 or less. The process will be sensitive to geographic diversity as well.

In the past CFSC has worked to understand how to advance equity through our Rick Steve’s Europe Fund – Racial Equity grant, Reimagining Your Fundraising: Navigating the Challenges of the Coronavirus workshop, and additional charitable efforts. In aiming to meet the present and long-term needs of the communities of color, we are prioritizing the BIPOC nonprofit stabilization and capacity-building grant program.

Grant opens: September 4th, 2020

Deadline: September 18th, 2020

Notification: October 13th, 2020

Review Grant Questions

Applicants should fit into the criteria below:

Grant Criteria Each nonprofit organization applying for grants under this program must:

  • Have an annual operating budget of $500,000 or less
  • Be registered as a non-profit organization in the State of Washington.
  • Be designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization and not in suspense or debarment.
  • Have a physical presence in Snohomish County.
  • Be in operation for at least one year.
  • Have experienced a reduction in revenue or increase in service demand attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Priority Consideration:

  • Organizations that are led by representatives of diverse and/or marginalized populations
  • Organizations that are led by BIPOC- Black, Indigenous and People of Color
  • Organizations that primarily serve BIPOC- Black, Indigenous and People of Color
  • Organizations that are led by people with lived experience
  • Organizations with a diverse board of directors

One of our major goals is to ensure that resources are equitably distributed and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) led nonprofits impacted by COVID have the opportunity to apply for funding to stabilize their organization.

Use of Funds:

The funds received must be used to cover operating expenses such as payroll, rent, utilities, and business licensing fees that have not been previously accounted for and are incurred between March 1 and December 30, 2020.

For questions regarding grants or the online grant process, contact

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The Community Foundation currently uses an online grant management system.  The first step to apply is to set up your agency profile here.  In the system you will have access to all the open grant processes at the Community Foundation. Some families choose to award grants directly.*  Please check back regularly for new grants that may have been added throughout the year.

Rick Steves Europe Fund – Capital Grants for Seniors 1/31/2020 PAUSED
Rick Steves Europe Fund – Racial Equity PAUSED PAUSED
Coastal Community Bank Employee Giving Fund – Fall Cycle PAUSED PAUSED
Rick Steves Europe Fund – Capacity Grants PAUSED PAUSED


For questions regarding grants or the online grant process, contact

Grants on a Two-Year Cycle

The Human Services Endowment Fund in Honor of Bob Drewel was established in 2003 to acknowledge Bob’s legacy of commitment to human service causes in our region. This fund is held by the Community Foundation of Snohomish County for the long-term benefit of human service agencies throughout Snohomish County.  Applications for the next two-year cycle will be available in 2021.

Grant – FAQs

Nysether Grants

The Nysether Family Foundation is no longer accepting grant requests through the Community Foundation of Snohomish County. Future grant requests will be handled directly by the Nysether Family Foundation. For addition information please contact the Nysether Family Foundation at PO Box 1201, Everett, WA  98206.