Rick Steves’ Europe Fund – Capacity Grants

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 $1,000,000 will be prioritized. Capital expenditures will be considered. BIPOC, refugee, immigrant, migrant and nonprofit leaders with lived experience are encouraged to apply!

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.


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

Past awarded grants

Rick Steves Capacity Grants – Awarded – 2022

Organization Name Amount Awarded Grant will pay for
Black Healing Fund $3,500 computers, accounting support, and an HD camera
Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrant Workers and Refugees $2,000 Donor Perfect fundraising software
Everett Public Schools Foundation $2,000 documentary film highlighting students that will be used as a fundraising and outreach tool
Leadership Launch $5,000 fundraising software for 2 years, laptops for staff, and a projector
Lift Every Voice Legacy (LEVL) $5,000 office equipment that will improve efficiency and increase capacity
Madres de Casino Road $2,000 website improvement and video that will help them inform and raise awareness
Modest Family Solutions $5,000 purchase fundraising and distribution inventory software
Outdoor Youth Connections $3,000 website improvement
Project Girl Mentoring Program $2,500 Grammarly and Wix subscriptions and Air Pads for staff
S.A.F.E. $2,000 Zoom, Website Hosting and Domain Name, Website Builder, Non-Profit Accounting Software and Laptop & Microsoft Office Software
Take the Next Step $2,500 software and a database to improve volunteer management
Tulalip Foundation $1,750 iPad Pro and two monitors


Rick Steves Capacity Grants – Awarded – 2021

Organization Name Amount Awarded Grant will pay for
Arlington Kids’ Kloset $1,800 This grant will be used to purchase a yearly membership to an online scheduling software for client appointments.
Millennia Ministries $2,300 4x Apple M1 chip Mac Minicomputers, keyboards, mice. Microsoft Office 360 & Adobe Creative cloud software.
GAMBIAN TALENTS PROMOTION $2,300 Buy computers for our work station
Faith Lutheran Church Food Bank and Community Meal $2,300 Computer, accounting software, marketing software, data evaluation and collection
Monroe Gospel Women’s Mission $1,500 A new main office computer that is user friendly, capable of running contemporary software, and can accommodate video conferencing.
Clothes For Kids $2,300 Upgrade to our computer network including hardwiring internet to the workstations and purchasing at least one new computer.
Foundation for Sustainable Community $2,300 Laptops and tablets
All Aboard of America 1 $2,200 Funds to pay for updating our interior safety surveillance system.
Miracles and Memories Academy $2,300 Software that will help us manage donations, fundraise and manage volunteers. Staff pay to learn how to use software.
VISION CHURCH $2,300 IT infrastructure upgrade
Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center $2,300 POS and cash drawer. Quickbooks online to facilitate real-time account reporting. SchedulesPlus Center Management Software and training to improve tracking and communications. Touchscreen reception computer.
Camp Read-a-Rama $2,300 We will hire a web developer to redesign our website.
What Happened on First Street $3,000 Website construction/subscription for resources and public access to the documentary; professional audio engineering to enhance the documentary sound; closed captioning to enhance accessibility.
Immigrant Guide $2,300 The completion of a comprehensive Immigrant Resource Guide platform/website Immigrant Guide is developing. The same grant will pay for the hosting of the website for at least three years.


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