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Nesholm Family Foundation Grant

Grants to Seattle, Washington Organizations for
Arts, Education, and Health and Human Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Nesholm Family Foundation

Deadline Date:

11/01/19 - for Performing Arts


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Grants to Seattle, Washington nonprofit organizations for programs that focus on education, the performing arts, and issues related to health and human services. Priorities for each of the three focus areas are outlined below.

The Performing Arts:

The City of Seattle is known nationally as an outstanding center for the performing arts. The Foundation believes that the performing arts are a primary force in shaping the region's cultural heritage and in contributing to the vitality of society. The Foundation is particularly interested in projects that:

- Encourage the highest professional performance standards
- Improve the availability and accessibility of the arts
- Support artistic and organizational development

Health and Human Services:

The Foundation is concerned with community, public health, and quality of life issues. The Foundation is particularly interested in projects that:

- Address community and public health issues
- Support the health and well being of children and families
- Address the problems and needs of disadvantaged groups


Educational opportunities provide the means for fulfilling human potential and enriching the community. The Foundation believes that the public school systems play an essential role in the future of the community and democratic institutions. The Foundation is particularly interested in projects that:

- Develop the potential of underachieving students
- Expand opportunities for cultural education for public school children
- Bring the community to the public schools

Please note:
All of the Foundation's education funding is dedicated to the Kids in the Middle initiative; they are no longer accepting applications for other educational programs.

For all of the above categories, the Foundation favors investment in projects and programs that have the potential to:

- Develop human potential
- Enhance quality of life
- Deal with important community issues and problems
- Affect significant numbers of people in positive ways
- Encourage the involvement of others
- Leverage the use of Foundation assets to increase the project’s long-term impact

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178580

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are considered only from organizations ruled to be tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that are not private foundations as defined in Section 509(a) of the Code, other than qualified private operating funds.

Applications are considered for programs that will benefit health and human services, education, and the performing arts in Seattle. In very unique circumstances the Foundation occasionally grants in King County if there is no organization within the city that provides this kind of service.

The Foundation will not consider applications for:

- Ongoing normal operations or operating deficits
- Debt retirement or endowment funds
- Loans of any kind
- Contributions to general fund drives, annual appeals, federated campaigns
- Scholarships and fellowships, or the benefit of specific individuals
- Basic science research

Also, the Foundation will not consider requests for grants to:

- Conduit organizations, i.e., tax-exempt organizations that pass funds on to organizations not tax-exempt in their own right
- Organizations that carry on propaganda or attempt to influence legislation or elections
- Institutions that in policy or practice unfairly discriminate against race, ethnic origin, sex, or creed
- Activities of sectarian or religious organizations that principally benefit their own members or adherents

Pre-Application Information:

Health and Human Services:
Applications for Health and Human Services grants are due by January 15. Proposals will be considered at a spring Board of Trustees meeting, and checks will be mailed by June 30.

Performing Arts:
Applications for Performing Arts grants are due November 1 and proposals will be considered at a winter Board of Trustees meeting. Checks will be mailed by either January 31 or March 31.

All of the Foundation's education funding is dedicated to the Kids in the Middle initiative; the Foundation is not accepting applications for other educational programs.

The Foundation Board meets 4 times per year. If your application is accepted for further consideration, a site visit may be scheduled by Foundation staff.

Program Objectives:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email inquiries and application materials to:

Staff Contact:

Erika J. Nesholm, Executive Director

General Contact Information:

Nesholm Family Foundation
120 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 340
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone: (206) 324-3339

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: The City of Seattle