Rick Steves’ Europe Fund-Racial Equity Grant Criteria

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 grant program intends to strengthen policies and systems to improve health, social, racial, and economic outcomes by focusing on places, policies, and systems changes in Snohomish County that address racial equity. The committee is particularly interested in improving systems for people in underserved communities and in bolstering the capacity of organizations serving those communities. We encourage public and private sector partnership for social change. Understanding that social problems are products of networks of cause and effect at a policy and structural level, we focus on advancing systems change as the most effective way to achieve racial equity and opportunity. School districts, nonprofits, cities and public agencies serving Snohomish County residents may apply. Capital expenses, direct services and programs are NOT considered for funding for this grant.

Grant applications submitted from BIPOC, immigrant, and refugee-led nonprofits are encouraged to apply and will be prioritized during the grant review process. We also encourage nonprofits that lead with lived experience to apply. Preview grant questions here – 2024 Rick Steves’ Europe Fund – Racial Equity Grant 


Grant Criteria

For example, grants could support the following:

  • Internal training for boards and staff
  • Community engagement and outreach
  • Legal services
  • Policy analysis and development
  • Training and education
  • Collaboration and partnership efforts
  • Research and evaluation

If you have additional grant questions or need more grant criteria examples, please email Musu@cf-sc.org for help. 

Past awarded grants


Organization Name  Amount Awarded Project Name
Association for Collective Community Engagement on Safety and Security dba The ACCESS Project  $5,000 Peer Conflict Mediator Program & Threat Assessment Team Partnership.
Make It Worthy  $5,000 Community Engagement and Outreach Initiative.
Millennia Ministries  $5,000 Moving From Surviving To Thriving Virtual Community-based Life Skills Program.
Oceania Northwest  $5,000 Oceania Village Wellness Initiative.
Washington Family and Community Engagement  $4,000 Advancing Racial Equity in Snohomish County w/ the Institute for Parent Leadership & Advocacy (IPLA).
My Neighborhood News Network  $3,o00 Latinx News Beyond a Spanish Speaker Audience.
Space Between  $3,000 Anti-Bias Mindfulness Training for School Educators and Leaders.
Yoga Behind Bars  $3,000 Community Healers: Building a Yoga Training Program.


Organization Name  Amount Awarded Project Name
Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees  $5,000 Professional Training to address racial/social bias Affecting Migrants and Refugees.
Homes and Hope Community Land Trust  $5,000 BIPOC Cohort Mortgage Readiness Classes
Immigrant Guide  $5,000 Training Two Community Mental Health First Aid Trainers
Keep Dreams Alive Foundation  $5,000 Building the Capacity of Snohomish County’s Latino-Hispanic Families to Thrive
Mari’s Place  $4,500 BIPOC Community Participatory Research for Youth Leadership and Movement Building
Orion Industries  $3,000 Equitable Opportunities
Space Between  $4,500 Mindfulness Program for Students and Teaches at Serene Lake Elementary


Organization Name Amount Awarded Project Name
Millennia Ministries $5,000 Expansion of Supportive Services for BIPOC Families and Individuals
Stilly Valley Center $2,800 BIPOC Family Caregiver Outreach
Homage Senior Services $4,000 Black and Hispanic Elder Community Outreach
Camp Read-a-Rama $3,000 Read-a-Rama @ Compass 2022-2023
Faith Food Bank $5,000 Faith Food Bank Cultural Food Program
Congolese Integration Network $2,500 CIN’s Snohomish County Community Research and Engagement
Sherwood Community Services $5,000 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action (IDEA) Committee & HR Equity Audit
Participatory Justice $5,000 Restorative Snohomish County


Organization Name Amount Awarded Project Name
Everett Recovery Cafe $4,000 DEI Training and Education
Girls on the Run of Snohomish County $4,000 Girls on the Run of Snohomish County’s Community Conversations Series
Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington $4,000 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Antiracism Training for Agency Board of Directors and Staff
Participatory Justice $4,000 Racial Equity Leadership
Second Chance Outreach $4,000 Training Gang-Affected Adults to Work with Gang-Affected Youth
Sherwood Community Services $4,000 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action (IDEA) Training
Take the Next Step $3,000 Marysville and Monroe Family Resource Centers: Building Equity Into All We Do
Work Opportunities $3,150 Becoming an Anti-Racist Organization


Rick Steves Europe Fund Racial Equity $30,000 grant was given to the Turning Surviving into Thriving Project — Investing in the Future of African American Families in Crisis.  This collaborative project is proving families of color support from African American community organizations trying to break the generational cycle. The goal of this project is to help young African American families obtain stability in the areas of employment, budgeting, mental health, and housing. Surviving to Thriving is a building of fundamental skills that will restructure the dynamic of each participants’ lives, usher in the beginning of new generational wealth and stability, and end the cycle of crisis, survive-only living.


Kindering $3,850 Snohomish County Early Intervention Equity Initiative
Foundation for Edmonds School District $5,000 DEI for School District
Leadership Snohomish County $5,000 Board Development
Snohomish for Equity $2,150 Welcome Community Campaign
Leadership Launch $4,000 Launch Project
YMCA of Snohomish County $5,000 Community Outreach and Engagement


Foundation for Edmonds School District $5000 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Edmonds School District
City of Everett $5000 Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity 101: Management Training
Leadership Snohomish County $5000 STEP UP Event Tool Kit Support
Cocoon House $5000 Equity Training for Change: Leadership Development and Advocacy
Teachers of Color Foundation $2750 Racial Equity in Education