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Grants to Washington Nonprofits to Improve the Quality of Life for Local Residents

Competitive Grants Program


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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington: Kitsap and North Mason counties

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/25/23 5:00 PM PST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations in eligible counties to improve the quality of life for local residents. Funding is intended for community needs, youth mentoring, and foster children and family reconciliation. Charitable organizations must benefit residents of Kitsap County and North Mason County.

Grant Types:

  • Community Grants: Meeting a broad range of substantiated local needs improves the quality of life in Kitsap County and surrounding areas. These grants are available within the following program areas:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Children and Youth Development
    • Education
    • Environment and Animal Welfare
    • Health and Human Services
  • Foster Children and Family Reconciliation: These grants may be awarded to nonprofit organizations that serve adolescents and their families:
    • Help youth (adolescents up to the age of 25) who have been in the foster care/child welfare system make positive transitions through residential programs, counseling, employment assistance, scholarships, or other supportive services, or:
    • Offer residential and non-residential services designed to facilitate family reconciliation for adolescents in conflict with their families.
  • Youth Mentoring: These grants are specifically for mentoring programs.  The Foundation defines mentoring programs as organized, ongoing activities aimed at providing quality and mutually beneficial relationships between competent adults and young persons, with the goal of creating positive youth development.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
KCF supports charitable organizations that benefit Kitsap County & North Mason County. Such evidence may include tax returns, corporate charter and by-laws, financial statements, an IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter, and other evidence of accomplishments.

The Foundation does not award grants to provide or support:
1. Annual campaign appeals
2. Capital campaigns or facility improvements
3. Endowments
4. For-profit organizations
5. Individuals
6. Political or lobbying activities
7. Private operating foundations
8. Religious organizations for sacramental or theological purposes*
9. Scholarships
10. Scholarships for pre-school programs (although program support is allowed)
11. Organizations that discriminate with regard to age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin, religious affiliation, or presence of a disability

Other Eligibility Restrictions
- National and statewide organizations that cannot demonstrate a significant local presence
- Applications from “start-up” organizations must be pre-screened
- Organizations with an Endowment Fund over $4 million

Faith-based social service, youth, or community programs are eligible if the following conditions are met: 501(c)(3) organization; program/project has a board-approved mission statement and program/project budget separate from the organization's sacramental or theological budget; secular programs or services are available to eligible participants without regard to religious belief or willingness to participate in religious activities; and the organization ensures that Foundation contributions are not used to support religious activities such as worship or proselytizing.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at 1pm

KCF Grant Orientation for new and returning nonprofits - Learn more about the 2023 Competitive Grants Process during an interactive Zoom session.


Pre-Application Information
- Monday, August 28, 2023: Grant Cycle for 2023 opens and KCF will begin accepting applications (Community Grants, Youth Mentoring, Foster Care and Family Reconcilation).
- Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at 4pm: KCF Grant Review Committee Hybrid Training & Orientation. Location - KCF conference room or via Zoom. The committee will be emailed a Zoom link.
- Monday, September 25, 2023: ALL Grants Due at 5 pm PST. No late submissions will be accepted.
- Monday, October 15, 2023: 2022 Community Grant, Youth Mentoring Grant. Foster Care & Family Reconciliation Reports Due. If you do not submit your report in a timely manner, you may not be eligible for the 2023 grant cycle.
- January 15, 2024: 2023 Grant notifications sent via Common Grant Application.
- March 31, 2024: Feedback will be sent to applicants that didn't receive grants.

Application demonstration video:

Watch Zoom Recording:
Passcode to watch: v7mW3.*u

Estimated Size of Grant
- Community Grants: Up to $5,000.
- Foster Children and Family Reconciliation: Applicants may apply up to $7,500 for each year.
- Youth Mentoring: Grants of up to $1,200-$1,400

Term of Contract
Foster Children and Family Reconciliation: Applicants may apply for 2-year grants.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For additional questions, please contact Melissa Luatua, Development Associate at KCF, or the Grant Chairperson, by email at or by phone at (360) 698-3622.

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