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.
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. The 2021 Grantmaking cycle for this program has been completed. As TRFF undertakes strategic planning, grantmaking in our Puget Sound program has been paused for 2022. We look forward to sharing more details about our strategic direction in 2022. 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. The 2021 Grantmaking cycle for this program has been completed. As The Russell Family Foundation undertakes strategic planning, grantmaking in our Jane’s Fund program has been paused for 2022. We look forward to sharing more details about our strategic direction in 2022. For questions about our Jane’s Fund Program, please reach out to Holly Powers, Senior Program Officer.
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.