Sunlight Foundation OpenGov Grant

The Sunlight Foundation OpenGov Grant program offers grants to organizations and individuals who are using technology to make government more open, transparent and accountable. Their grantmaking is designed to foster and expand the ecosystem of technology-driven transparency and citizen engagement or to deploy technology to make government and government data more accessible.  Grant awards of $5,000 to $10,000.

Deadline: Rolling

Best Buy ignites teen potential through technology

Best Buy Foundation seeks nonprofit partners that create hands-on learning opportunities for under-served teens to engage them in learning, experimenting, and interacting with the latest technologies to build 21st century skills. The overall goal is to provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success.  Program grants (no general operating) typically range from $100,000 to $200,000.

Deadline: November 1, 5 p.m. EDT

Digital Media + Learning Competition 5

Digital Media + Learning Competition 5

The Trust Challenge is the fifth Digital Media and Learning Competition — an open, international invitation to museums, libraries, school districts, schools, community organizations, app developers, researchers, colleges and universities, and other institutional/organizational partners willing to create collaborations or alliances that address existing real-world challenges to trust in connected learning environments.

Successful applicants will develop digital tools — apps, badge systems, data management platforms, online learning content, etc. — that engender trust, safety, and privacy in connected learning environments, and that empower learners to connect and learn anywhere, anytime in ways that are equitable, social, participatory, and interest-driven. $5,000 technology grants and $10,000 to $150,000 year-long development grants will be awarded.

Deadline: November 3

Social & Environmental Justice project proposals sought

The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation supports organizations working to bring about progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems.  One-year grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to nonprofit grassroots community-organizing groups in the United States working to further social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just-food systems. Grants can be used to support both program and operational costs.

The foundation will only consider proposals from grassroots constituent-led organizations with annual budgets under $500,000 that are using direct action, grassroots, and community-organizing strategies to accomplish their goals.  Upon review of the pre-proposals, select applicants will be invited to submit full proposals in January 2015.

Pre-proposal Deadline: October 15, 2014

Back to School Small Sparks Fund

Does your neighborhood want to organize an activity or event to celebrate the fall back-to-school season?

If so, it may qualify for support from NMF’s Small Sparks fund. This fund provides matching dollars of up to $1000 for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Project ideas might include Walking School Bus outreach, a back-to-school barbeque, youth-organizing, an autumn festival, PTA recruitment…and more!

Please call (206) 733-9916 or visit for more information.

Cultural Facilities Fund Program

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s Cultural Facilities Funding Program is seeking Seattle arts, heritage and cultural organizations, plus arts service organizations for cultural facility projects,  one-time funding for projects such as:

  • Creating a new gallery in a cultural facility;
  • Installing a sprung dance floor for a new dance studio;
  • Replacing a theater’s leaking roof; or
  • Fixing a museum’s broken central heating / cooling system.

Deadline: September 5, 2014

Strengthening Collaborations to Close Opportunity Gaps for Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color

The Gates Foundation’s Pacific Northwest team is interested in supporting collaborative efforts and coalitions that are established and led by low-income communities and communities of color. The goal is to help drive long-term changes focused on closing the opportunity gap through authentic partnerships and leadership from the most affected communities. Approximately $600,000 in grants will be awarded annually to accomplish this objective. Attend a July 10 online information session from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.


Deadline: August 1

Communities of Opportunity

In order to improve health, social, racial and economic equity, King County government and The Seattle Foundation co-launched the Communities of Opportunity Initiative in early 2014. This effort is being developed in partnership with community residents and groups, city governments, policymakers, and other funders and partners. By working towards community-identified goals in the places with today’s greatest need and changing policies, systems and practices to prevent inequity in the first place, we will contribute to a healthy community where everyone has an opportunity to thrive.

Deadline: July 18, 5:00 p.m.

Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) Small Grants Program

The Neighbor to Neighbor Small Grants Program (N2N) provides technical assistance and makes small grants to community-based organizations located in South Seattle, White Center and Kent. N2N supports grassroots efforts that increase engagement, power, and influence of community members affected by poverty and racial disparities. We believe that supporting these efforts will ultimately lead to greater economic and social equity. Neighbor to Neighbor is particularly interested in supporting organizations that are led by community members and that may have limited access to traditional sources of funding.

Deadline: July 15