Rick Steves’ Europe Fund – Capacity Grants- 2019

At Rick Steves’ Europe, we view travel as a potentially life-changing experience. Teaching good and thoughtful travel is our number one priority. As travel teachers, we inspire people to acquire the skills necessary to make their trip an enjoyable, economical, smooth, and rewarding experience. We strive to be “teachers first,” and encourage travelers, as well as our employees, to be thoughtful, cooperative, and respectful, be open to change and considerate of new ideas, and have a willingness to learn new skills.

Our philanthropic activities support organizations that share the same values. Accordingly, our capacity grant program is intended to enable Snohomish County nonprofits to invest in staff and volunteer education, and infrastructure to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their fundraising, finances, leadership, and sustainability. The committee is interested in funding small grass roots organizations who have been in existence for at least 3 years. We understand that many nonprofits focus their resources on supporting their direct service programs, but we believe that with strong and well-supported back offices, nonprofits can increase their capacity to serve the community.

Grant Criteria

For example grants could support the following development or systems:

  • Strategic planning
  • Organizational audit and consulting
  • Technology, Marketing or Business planning
  • Volunteer management
  • Executive coaching
  • Fundraising software or planning
  • Data evaluation and collection
  • Websites, computer networks or database development
  • Internal systems: accounting and human resources


Grant range: $500 – $2500

*Grants that will be considered will have a project budget under $10,000.

Deadline: 11/21/2019

Notification: Agencies will be notified within 30 days of the committee decision.

Follow Up: Grant Evaluation and Report to be completed online within one year of grant award.

Apply: here

For questions regarding grants or the online grant process, contact Elizabeth@cf-sc.org


Capacity Grants – Awarded – 2018

Organization Name Project Name Amount awarded
Arlington Kids’ Kloset Organization Productivity Software $500
Girls on the Run of Snohomish County Girls on the Run National Summit $2,500
Mari’s Place Automating Registration and Records at Mari’s Place for the Arts $2,500
Northshore Youth & Family Services NYFS Electronic Health Records $2,500
Snohomish County Legal Services SCLS Board of Directors Assessment, Development, and Training $2,600