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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.

How to Apply

The foundation has five grantmaking programs, two open to the public and three by invitation only. To learn more about each of our programs, please use the drop-down menu below.

The process for the Environmental Education fund begins by submitting a Letter of Inquiry through our Grant Portal to be reviewed by foundation staff and a board committee. A select number of organizations will be invited to submit full applications for funding consideration. It typically takes 5 months from the initial Letter of Inquiry deadline to the final decision being communicated. Environmental Education grants are made during our Q1 board meeting of each year. For 2019, these grants have already been made and the deadline for 2020 grant opportunities will be listed on September 9, 2020. If you have questions about the guidelines or the grantmaking process, please send an email to our Grants and Operations Manager.

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 question to our Grants and Operations Manager.

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. 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 question to our Grants and Operations Manager.

Jane’s Fellowship Program is a 15-month leadership development program that the Foundation operates. We are not currently accepting applications for the program. Please check back October 1st, 2019 for information on our next round of recruitment for Class 9 of the fellowship.

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 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.

Questions

Contact Our Grants and Operations Manager