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For Grant Seekers

We believe in mobilizing local organizations around deep-rooted, impactful change. We seek to learn about the work your organization is doing in our communities. Learn more about our programs and how to apply below.

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.

Our application for Environmental Education funding for 2022 is now open and will close on January 28, 2022. You can find the application here. The average grant request is approximately $25,000.  Please note that we do not fund projects at 100% of their budget.

If you have questions about the grantmaking process, please send an email to Fabiola Greenawalt, Program Officer.

The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF) partners with local organizations that to protect and restore the waters of Puget Sound and contribute to long-term positive environmental sustainability and social impacts for our estuary and communities in our region. No active grantmaking cycle. For questions about our Puget Sound Program, please reach out to Fabiola Greenawalt, Program Officer.

Jane’s Fund honors the legacy of one of our founders Jane Russell by supporting young people to access and persist in higher education and to regain stability through housing supports and services.

No active grantmaking cycle. As TRFF continues a strategic planning process, the Jane’s Fund program will sunset. Final grant awards for Jane’s Fund were made in summer 2021. We look forward to sharing more details about our new strategic direction next year. For questions about our Jane’s Fund Program, please reach out to Erin Kahn, Director of Strategy and Programs.

The 2021 application period for Jane’s Fellowship Program Class 9 has closed. If you are a Class 9 applicant and have questions about your application – please contact JFP Program Associate Terrance McGehee.

If you are interested in applying to this program in the future, please check back on our website in Summer of 2022 for information about Jane’s Fellowship Program Class 10. If you would like to be added to our JFP outreach list, please contact JFP Program Associate Terrance McGehee.

JFP is a 12-month leadership development program that the Foundation operates. Learn more about this program on our Jane’s Fellowship Program page.

The George F. Russell Jr. Fund supports nonprofits that reflect the lifelong interests of George. The fund makes grants by invitation only. If you have questions, please send an email to Linsey Sauer, our Grants and Operations Manager.

Common Questions

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.

Yes. Separate project ideas should be submitted via separate Letters of Inquiry. If you have questions about this please contact our Grants and Operations Manager.

TRFF does not consider unsolicited requests for emergency funding.


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