How to Apply
The foundation has five grantmaking programs. To learn more about each of our programs, please use the drop-down menu below.
The Environmental Education fund provides support to organizations that offer outdoor environmental education experiences for youth. We focus funding on programs serving middle and high school age students in Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Pierce and Thurston Counties. You can learn more about our program here. Grantmaking for 2021 has concluded. If you have questions about the grantmaking process, please send an email to Fabiola Greenawalt, Program Officer.
Since 2015, Puget Sound funding has been focused on partner efforts between organizations that pursue systemic-and-measurable change by influencing the public, government agencies and key institutions. We make grants by invitation only; however, we strive to keep informed of emerging opportunities that may be a close fit with our interests. If you have an idea you believe is worthy of invitation or questions about the grantmaking process, please send an email with your concept or questions to Fabiola Greenawalt, Program Officer.
Since 2003, Jane’s Fund has supported individuals and organizations to make a difference in their communities. Currently, the fund is focused on access to higher education, ending youth homelessness, and leadership development specifically in Pierce County, Washington. We make grants by invitation only; however, we strive to keep informed of emerging opportunities that may be a close fit with our interests. If you have an idea you believe is worthy of invitation or questions about the grantmaking process, please send an email with your concept or questions to Holly Powers, Senior Program Officer.
Jane’s Fellowship Program (JFP) is a 12-month leadership development program that the Foundation operates. The application for our next class of Jane’s Fellows will open on May 3rd, 2021. Please visit our website beginning May 3rd, 2021 for more information or email JFP Program Manager Necashaw Montgomery to be contacted when the recruitment process has launched. You can learn more about this program on the Jane’s Fellowship Program page.
Below are some common inquiries we receive about our grants. Still have questions? Please contact us.
The foundation does not fund overhead or indirect costs for colleges and universities. Administrative costs related directly to the project might be considered if itemized in the project budget.
The foundation uses an online Grant Portal. Your Letter of Inquiry must be submitted using our Grant Portal by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on the LOI due date. We no longer accept letters of inquiry via postal mail, email or fax. We acknowledge all LOIs with an email confirming receipt within two weeks of the LOI due date.
The online Grant Portal is hosted by a separate organization and system errors cannot be resolved by contacting the foundation. Typically errors are resolved within 24 hours. If this time frame would cause you to be late in submitting, please take a screen shot of the error and send it to our Grants and Operations Manager.
Ask for what you need. To gauge the appropriate size of a request, you can browse grants to see the range of projects and amounts awarded. If you are invited to submit a full proposal, you may likely have the opportunity to discuss the request amount further. We rarely fund 100 percent of a project budget. You should be able to show that you are seeking or have received other sources of funding. Other sources might include foundations, corporations, individuals, community groups, or others.
Program and project support are our highest priorities. We do consider general operating requests if the overall work of the organization is a close fit with the program you are applying to.
Pre-letter of inquiry meetings are not necessary. However, if you would like to speak with someone about your LOI in advance of submission, please feel free to contact our Grants and Operations Manager. If your LOI is advanced to the full proposal stage, our program staff will work to schedule a meeting or site visit with your organization.
TRFF will contact the person indicated on your Letter of Inquiry via email within two months of the due date, either inviting you to submit a full proposal or declining your request. If you are invited to submit a full proposal via email, you will be provided a detailed timeline about the foundation’s decision process.
TRFF does not consider unsolicited requests for emergency funding.