Rick Steves’ Europe Fund – Capital for Seniors Grant Criteria

For 2024, in order to lighten the burden of grant writing for nonprofits and because the process and criteria are valued aligned, we will be using the ARPA Senior Serving Grants to create the docket later this year.

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. RSE grant decisions are made by a rotating employee committee.

Grant Criteria Eligible organizations: 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations with programs and/or services in Snohomish County. Organizations are limited to one application.  Grant awards typically range from $1,000-$5,000.  Grants will be considered for construction or renovation of senior serving facilities.  Priority will be given to projects that include volunteerism in the project work.  Equipment used in the delivery of services for seniors or that allows seniors to maintain independence in their home or community will also be considered.

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Grant opens: TBD

Grant closes: TBD

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

Past awarded grants

Rick Steves Capital Grants for Seniors – 2021

Sky Valley Food Bank $1,000 Senior Technology Assistance
Faith Lutheran Church Food Bank and Community Meal $5,000 Faith Food Bank Senior Needs Project
Stilly Valley Center (formerly Stillaguamish Senior Center) $5,000 Commercial Vegetable Steamer
Homage Senior Services $5,000 Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) ADA Accessible Van
Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center $5,000 Refresh and Reopen!
LINC NW $5,000 North Marysville Family Resource Center, Commercial Kitchen Renovation
The Darrington Food Bank Foundation $4,922 Georges’ Place


Rick Steves Capital Grants for Seniors-2020

$5,000 were given to the following organizations: Monroe Community Senior Center, Snohomish Senior Center, Stillaguamish Senior Center, Stanwood Senior Center, Homage Senior Services and VFW Everett Post.


Rick Steves’ Europe Fund- Capital Grants Awarded-Spring 2019

Evergreen Health Monroe Foundation $2,500 Healing Garden Renovation
Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center $5,000 Kitchen Upgrades
Stanwood Senior Center $2,000 Replace Flooring
Volunteers of America Western Washington $5,000 Center Patio/Café Space


Rick Steves’ Europe Fund- Capital Grants Awarded-Spring 2018

Josephine Caring Community  $      5,000 Resident and Staff Safety First
Northshore Senior Center  $      5,000 New Mill Creek Senior Center
Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts  $      2,500 Accessible Entrance for the Arts Center
Stanwood Community and Senior Center  $      5,000 Commercial Kitchen Renovation
The Carl Gipson Senior Center of Everett  $      5,000 Congregate Lunch Program
Volunteers of America Western Washington  $      2,500 VOAWW – Sky Valley A Frame Renovation