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

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