Rick Steves’ Europe Fund – Capacity Grants- 2021

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 capacity grant program is intended to enable Snohomish County nonprofits to invest in infrastructure to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their fundraising, finances, leadership, and sustainability. Basically, we want to help you work better.

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.

The committee is interested in funding small grass roots organizations who have traditionally been overlooked by grant opportunities in the past.  Organizations with budgets of less than $500,000 are encouraged to apply. Capital expenditures will be considered.

Grant Criteria

One-time capacity building expenditure (or, if ongoing expense, strong statement of how it will be funded in the future)

For example grants could support the following:

  • Technology, Marketing or Business infrastructure
  • Volunteer management
  • Fundraising software or planning
  • Data evaluation and collection
  • Websites, computer networks or database development
  • Internal systems: accounting and human resources
  • Training for new systems (i.e. IT, database)

 We will not fund consultants, strategic planning, new staff positions or retreats.

Application Questions

Grant range: $500 – $3,000

Deadline: 11/12/2021

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.

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


Rick Steves Capacity Grants-2020

$10,000 to Schack Arts Center for a new server needed to provide Zoom art classes for children and teens


Capacity Grants – Awarded – 2019

Organization Name Project Name



Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County Great Futures Training Initiative $2,400
Cascadia Art Museum Building Capacity through Fundraising Softward $2,500
Everett Museum of History Organizational Assessment & Strategic Planning $2,400
Foundation for Sustainable Community Planning Capital Campaign for Paradise Farm $2,500
Habitat for Humanity Snohomish County IT Infrastructure Upgrade $2,500
Monroe Community Senior Center Software for Data Collection and Fundraising $2,000
Snohomish Senior Center Strategic Planning $2,000
Warm Beach Senior Community Volunteer and Computer Lab Expansion $2,500
Work Opportunities Strategic Planning $850
YWCA Stanwood Stanwood Camano Youth Project Website $2,500


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