2015 Racial Equity Fund

The Seattle City Council approved funding in the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) 2015/16 budget for grants to Seattle’s community-based organizations to build capacity in the community to address structural racism. In addition to the budgeted amount of $60,000 for SOCR, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture is contributing $15,000 for a total of $75,000 for 2015. For more information visit:

All proposers are required to attend the March 9 Racial Equity Open House and Proposal Symposium at NewHolly Gathering Center from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.  All potential proposers should be prepared to share ideas for their draft proposals with others in the room. This will be an opportunity to receive feedback from their peers and the Proposal Review Committee, and to seek further opportunities for collaboration.

Deadline: March 27, 2015

Technology Matching Fund

The Technology Matching Fund provides
awards of up to $30,000 in matching funds to community projects which increase technology literacy, provide access to computers, the Internet, and other information technologies; and increase civic participation in the use of technology.  Workshops are being held February 10, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S., Seattle, 98144; and on February 12, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Solid Ground, 1501 N. 45th St., Seattle, 98103.

Due date: March 19

Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Community Matching Grant

The Community Matching Grant funds up to $25,000 and requires a 50 percent community match. The community match must show community commitment to, and investment in, a project. The match may include volunteer labor, donated supplies or food, meeting space and/or professional services. Both grants seek innovative, community-based projects to supplement existing SYVPI programs and services.

All applicants must attend a technical assistance session prior to submitting an application.  They are being held on February 24, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club; February 25, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Southwest Youth and Family Services; and February 26, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Therapeutic Health Services.  Go here for the addresses to these locations and for links to the application.

Due date: March 27, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Awesome Seattle

If you are an individual or a small group and are interested in doing a local, visible project with a clear community benefit, then have you looked into Awesome Seattle?  Here you can submit an application for up to $1,000 to make your awesome project come to life.

Apply here, once you have a great project in mind.

Due date: Applications are reviewed and awarded monthly.

Neighborhood Small and Simple Projects Fund

The Small and Simple Projects Fund provides awards up to $25,000 to support community members in building community relationships around a project. Small and Simple Projects Fund activities may be physical projects as well as less tangible but equally significant educational, cultural, and relationship-strengthening activities.

Workshops will be held from 6 to 8 PM on January 8 (El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S, Room 309, 98144) and January 14 (Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Room 3, 98103).  Click here to RSVP and to request childcare or interpretation services.

Due date: February 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Community Grant Program funding available

The Walmart Foundation is accepting applications through its Community Grant Program.

Through the program, grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to local nonprofit organizations within the service area of individual Walmart stores in support of initiatives in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and/or career opportunities.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the Walmart Foundation website.

Due date: December 31, 2014

Seattle Foundation news & networking for nonprofits

The Seattle Foundation invites you to a special event for our nonprofit community partners to provide updates on our grant-making programs and the Center for Community Partnerships. Our new President & CEO, Tony Mestres, also will discuss his vision for The Seattle Foundation.  Register here for the November 10 workshop at Town Hall Seattle from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Department of Neighborhoods Small Sparks fund

Provides funds of up to $1,000 to support community members in becoming civic-ly engaged. Projects must demonstrate a capacity to build a stronger and healthier community and:

  • Provide a public benefit and be free and open to the public.
  • Emphasize self-help, with project ideas initiated, planned and implemented by the community.
  • Demonstrate a community match of volunteer labor, donated professional services or materials, and/or cash.

No deadline, apply here.

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