Small Sparks Fund

The Department of Neighborhood’s Small Sparks Fund provides awards of up to $1,000 to support community members in becoming civically engaged. Projects can include neighborhood organizing, membership expansion or numerous other types of activities.  All projects must demonstrate the capacity to build a stronger and healthier community, and must:

  • Provide a public benefit and be free and open to all members of the public.
  • Emphasize self-help, with project ideas initiated, planned and implemented by the neighbors and community members who will themselves be impacted by the project.
  • Demonstrate community match.
  • Occur within the Seattle city limits.

Deadline: None.

Kessler Foundation invites applications for Signature Employment Grants

The Kessler Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through discovery, innovation, demonstration, application, and dissemination.

To that end, the foundation is inviting Concept Applications from nonprofit organizations for its annual Signature Employment grants program, which supports new pilot initiatives, demonstration projects, or social ventures that lead to the generation of new ideas aimed at solving the unemployment and underemployment of individuals with disabilities.

Grants of up to $500,000 over two years will be awarded to qualified pilot projects. Signature grants are not intended to fund project expansions or bring proven projects to new communities.

All interested candidates must submit an online concept application no later than March 18, 2016. Upon review, select candidates will be invited to submit a full proposal by July 1, 2016.

Any organization recognized as a tax-exempt entity under the Internal Revenue Code may apply. This includes nonprofit agencies, public or private schools, and public institutions such as universities and government agencies (state, local, federal) based in the United States or any of its territories.

Link to complete RFP

Deadline: March 18, 2016 (Concept Papers)

Grant proposal writing resource

Foundation Center has put together a Proposal Writing Short Course available for free on their web site.  Here you can learn how to address the various parts to writing a successful grant proposal, from gathering background information, executive summaries, statements of needs, project description, budget and more.  As you move through the short course, you can take breaks by looking at the other sections of their web site, including finding funders, viewing events and gaining knowledge.

Neighborhood Matching Fund Small Sparks Fund

Neighborhood Matching Fund Small Sparks Fund: Provides funds of up to $1000 to support community members in becoming civically 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.

Due: Ongoing

Resources to Results: Washington Pay for Success Symposium

Philanthropy Northwest, Thrive Washington and the Washington State Department of Early Learning invite you to engage with leaders from across the country about Pay for Success. Pay for Success is an innovative financing model that can help drive resources to programs that deliver positive outcomes for people in need and improves accountability for public spending. Several organizations in Washington state are exploring Pay for Success as a way to launch or scale high-quality prevention programs.

Date/Time: November 18, 2015, 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave S, Seattle

Cost: Free

Register by November 10 by contacting Leah Hausman, or 206-621-5565.

Safe Routes to School Mini Grants

The Safe Routes to School Mini Grant Program provides grants of up to $1,000 to schools, PTAs, and community groups for education and encouragement programs for walking and biking to school. All public and private K-12 schools within the City of Seattle, PTAs, and other school-related nonprofit groups are eligible to apply for Mini Grants. Read more here.

Due date: October 30, 2015

Neighborhood and Community Arts (NCA)

Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture supports groups producing recurring festivals or events that promote arts and cultural participation, build community, and enhance the visibility of neighborhoods through arts and culture. $1,200/year for 2-year cycle. More information here.

Due date: October 21, 2015

Walmart Foundation

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have identified four core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy EatingSustainability, Women’s Economic Empowerment and Career Opportunity. To ensure that your application has the best chance of being funded, the proposed use of the grant should fit within one of these areas of giving.  Primary consideration for the Community Grant program is to support local organizations with programs that align with Walmart and the Foundation’s areas of giving.

Due date: December 31, 2015