Current Grantees

Fall 2015 Open Grant Recipients

Amara: $300,000 (over 3 years)

Amara is committed to finding stable and nurturing families for children. They believe all are entitled to be raised in stable and nurturing families. Funding will support general operations.

Center on Policy Initiatives: $300,000 (over 3 years)

Founded in 1997, the Center on Policy Initiatives is a research and action institute dedicated to creating economic prosperity, sustainable communities and a healthy environment for all. Funding will support general operations.

Children’s Alliance: $300,000 (over 3 years)

The Children's Alliance is a statewide membership organization working to assure a better future for children in Washington, by effecting positive changes in public policies, programs, and priorities. Their goal is to create a state in which children and families are the highest priority for the public and policy-makers. Funding will support general operations.

COLAGE: $75,000 (over 3 years)

COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities. Funding will support general operations.

Earth Economics: $300,000 (over 3 years)

Earth Economics applies innovative economic tools and principles to meet challenges of the 21st century: achieving the need for just and equitable communities, healthy ecosystems, and sustainable economies. Funding will support general operations.

EarthCorps: $300,000 (over 3 years)

EarthCorps' mission is to build a global community of leaders through local environmental service. We work to fulfill this mission by bringing together young adults recruited from the Pacific Northwest, other US states, and 80 other countries for a rigorous, year-long service learning experience in community-based environmental restoration. Funding will support general operations.

Environmental Health Coalition: $300,000 (over 3 years)

Environmental Health Coalition is dedicated to environmental and social justice. They believe that justice is achieved when empowered communities act together to make social change. They organize and advocate to protect public health and the environment threatened by toxic pollution. EHC supports efforts that create a just society and foster a healthy and sustainable quality of life. Funding will support general operations.

Express Advantage: $75,000 (over 3 years)

Express Advantage's mission is to help empower people to build assets and achieve financial stability through education, outreach, collaboration and advocacy. Funding will support general operations.

First Step Family Support Center: $300,000 (over 3 years)

The mission of First Step is to promote the healthy development of children and families. Funding will support the Opportunity Plus Program.

Forterra: $300,000 (over 3 years)

Forterra's mission is to protect, enhance, and steward the Puget Sound region's most precious resources--its communities and its landscapes. Funding will support general operations.

Freedom Education Project Puget Sound: $75,000 (over 3 years)

Freedom Education Project’s mission is to provide a rigorous accredited college program to incarcerated women in Washington and to create pathways to educational opportunity after women are released from prison. Funding will support the College Program at Mission Creek Correctional Facility.

Freedom Project: $75,000 (over 3 years)

Freedom Project helps prisoners, those returning from prison, and community members transform themselves by learning essential communication skills: nonviolence, self-awareness, and how to build and maintain positive human relationships. Funding will support general operations.

Friends of the San Juans: $75,000 (over 3 years)

Friends of the San Juans’ mission is to protect and restore the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea for people and nature. Funding will support reducing oil spill risk in the Salish Sea.

Grist Magazine: $300,000 (over 3 years)

Grist’s mission is to set the agenda by showing how green is reshaping the world; we cut through the noise and empower a new generation to make change. Funding will support general operations.

Jubilee Women’s Center: $300,000 (over 3 years)

The mission of the Jubilee Women's Center is to provide homeless women a safe and supportive place to live and an opportunity to learn while becoming self-reliant in housing and employment. Funding will support general operations.

Kulshan Community Land Trust: $75,000 (over 3 years)

Kulshan Community Land Trust strengthens community by holding land in trust for permanently affordable homeownership and other community needs. Funding will support capacity building projects for low-income homeowners.

Mockingbird Society: $300,000 (over 3 years)

The Mockingbird Society’s mission is building a world-class foster care system through collaboration, innovation, and advocacy. Funding will support general operations.

Northwest African American Museum: $300,000 (over 3 years)

The mission of the Northwest African American Museum is to thoughtfully and truthfully explore and present the history, culture, and art of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest region. Funding will support general operations.

Northwest Youth Service: $300,000 (over 3 years)

Northwest Youth Services' mission is to collaborate with at-risk, runaway, and homeless youth to foster self-reliance. Funding will support general operations.

OneAmerica: $300,000 (over 3 years)

OneAmerica's mission is to advance the fundamental principles of democracy and justice at the local, state and national levels by building power within immigrant communities in collaboration with key allies. Funding will support the Communities of Color for Climate Justice Coalition.

OneWorld Now: $75,000 (over 3 years)

OneWorld Now's mission is to develop the next generation of global leaders. Funding will support general operations.

Point Reyes National Seashore Association: $90,000 (over 3 years)

Point Reyes National Seashore Association dedicates its efforts to building a future in which healthy ecosystems thrive, historic legacies are preserved, environmental education and healthy outdoor recreation is available to all, and people enjoy the enormous benefits of healthy natural lands. Funding will support the Young Stewards Youth Scholarship Fund.

Port Townsend Marine Science Center: $75,000 (over 3 years)

The mission of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center is to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea. Funding will support the Citizen Science Program.

Positive Futures Network/YES! Magazine: $300,000 (over 3 years)

The mission of YES! Magazine is to support people's active engagement in creating a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world. Funding will support general operations.

Recreation Northwest: $75,000 (over 3 years)

Recreation Northwest’s mission is to promote outdoor recreation and bring people together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. Funding will support general operations.

Reuse Works: $75,000 (over 3 years)

The mission of Reuse Works is to promote and support worker training, job creation, and business development opportunities for low-income residents by using waste and discarded materials. Funding will support the Ragfinery program.

San Diego Organizing Project: $75,000 (over 3 years)

San Diego Organizing Project’s mission is the development of local leaders who learn to build empowering community organizations in neighborhoods throughout San Diego. Funding will support general operations.

School’s Out Washington: $300,000 (over 3 years)

School’s Out Washington's mission is to provide services and guidance to ensure that all young people have safe places to learn and grow when not in school.  Funding will support the Summer Learning Access Initiative.

Seattle Tilth: $300,000 (over 3 years)

Seattle Tilth inspires and educates people to grow food organically, conserve natural resources and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community. Funding will support the Food & Environmental Justice Project

SnoValley Tilth: $75,000 (over 3 years)

SnoValley Tilth supports organic and sustainable food and fiber production throughout the Snoqualmie and Snohomish watersheds. They bring together farmers and the community to build a thriving local food system. Funding will support general operations.

Stewardship Partners: $75,000 (over 3 years)

Stewardship Partners helps landowners restore and preserve the natural landscapes of Washington State. Funding will support general operations.

Tacoma Urban League: $75,000 (over 3 years)

Tacoma Urban League's mission is to assist African Americans, other ethnic minorities and economically disadvantaged individuals and families in the achievement of social equality and economic independence. Funding will support general operations.

Trips for Kids: $300,000 (over 3 years)

Trips for Kids is a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit that uses the simple bicycle to positively transform kids' lives and improve the environment. Funding will support general operations.

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle: $225,000 (over 3 years)

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle’s mission is to provide high quality services and support for African American and other underrepresented communities in metropolitan Seattle and throughout the Puget Sound Region. Funding will support employment training and wraparound services.

Washington Bus Education Fund: $75,000 (over 3 years)

The Washington Bus engages the rising generation on our own terms, and empowers them through education, civic and cultural engagement, and hands-on democracy. Funding will support general operations.

Washington Environmental Council: $300,000 (over 3 years)

Washington Environmental Council’s mission is to protect, restore, and sustain Washington's environment. Funding will support general operations.

Washington Nonprofits: $75,000 (over 3 years)

Washington Nonprofits' mission is to build a strong, collaborative network of nonprofits serving Washington communities through advocacy, education, and capacity building. Funding will support the Strategic Planning in Nonprofits program.

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence: $300,000 (over 3 years)

The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s mission is to mobilize our member programs and allies to end domestic violence through advocacy and action for social change. Funding will support general operations.

Western Environmental Law Center: $150,000 (over 3 years)

The Western Environmental Law Center uses the power of the law to safeguard the wildlife, wildlands, and communities of the American West. Funding will support general operations.


Fall 2014 Open Grant Recipients


21 Progress: $75,000 (over three years)

Building a 21st century movement for equity & justice. 21 Progress builds leadership capacity among low wage workers, their families, and Washington communities through popular education, civic engagement and arts & culture. Funding for General Operating Support.  

Arts Corps: $300,000 (over three years)

Arts Corps' mission is to unlock the creative power of youth through arts education and community collaboration.  Funding for General Operating Support.  

ArtsEd Washington (Washington Alliance For Arts Education): $75,000 (over three years)

ArtsEd Washington works to advance arts education through leadership, partnership and communication. Funding for General Operating Support.  

Bike Works: $300,000 (over three years)

Bike Works mission is to build sustainable communities by educating youth and promoting bicycling. Since 1996, we have offered innovative and empowering programs in the diverse neighborhoods of southeast Seattle. Funding for General Operating Support.

Capitol Hill Housing Foundation : $270,000 (over three years)

Capitol Hill Housing meets the need for affordable housing and preserves neighborhood character. We fulfill this mission by operating and developing affordable housing in a community context, sensitive to neighborhood needs such as historic preservation, walkability, and supporting local businesses. Funding will support their Capitol Hill EcoDistrict Project.

Center for Environmental Law & Policy: $75,000 (over three years)

The Center for Environmental Law & Policy's mission is to protect and restore the freshwater resources, that is, the rivers and drinking water aquifers, of Washington State.  Funding will support their Water Resources Protection Project.

Center for Ethical Leadership: $75,000 (over three years)

The mission of the Center for Ethical Leadership is to cultivate leadership and build capacity for change, helping communities tap collective wisdom in service of the common good. Funding will support their Peacemaking and Healing Initiative.

College Access Now: $300,000 (over three years)

College Access Now (CAN)'s mission is dedicated to making college admission and graduation possible for talented, motivated and economically disadvantaged students who are often the first to attend and graduate college in their families. Funding for General Operating Support.

Economic Opportunity Institute: $75,000 (over three years)

The Economic Opportunity Institute's mission is to restore the promise of the middle class by advancing public policies that promote educational opportunity, good jobs, healthy families and workplaces, and a dignified retirement for all. Funding for General Operating Support. 

El Centro de La Raza: $300,000 (over three years)

The mission of El Centro de La Raza is to build unity across all racial and economic sectors, to organize, empower and defend our most vulnerable and marginalized populations, and to bring justice, dignity, equality, and freedom to all the peoples of the world. Funding will support program expansion.

Environmental Coalition of South Seattle: $75,000 (over three years)

Founded in 1993, the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle's (ECOSS) mission is to proivde free education, resources and technical assistance to diverse regional businesses, multicultual communities, indivdiuals and govenments to promote opportunities to achieve a healthy environment and encourage urban redevelopment. Funding will support the development of their community based environmental orientation program.

Environmental Volunteers, Inc.: $180,000 (over three years)

Environmental Volunteers promotes understanding of, and responsibility for, the environment through hands on science education. Funding will support program expansion and evaluation.

ForestEthics: $300,000 (over three years)

ForestEthics exists to protect Endangered Forests, wild places, wildlife, and human wellbeing. Funding for General Operating Support. 

Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB): $75,000 (over three years)

Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB) is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to nourishing a strong community by empowering people to grow good food. We grow inspired, self-confident and community-minded youth through educational and employment opportunities. Funding for General Operating Support. 

Homestead Community Land Trust: $75,000 (over three years)

Homestead Community Land Trust is a grassroots, membership-based non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen Seattle area neighborhoods by creating permanently affordable homeownership for low and moderate income households. Funding will support their Sustainable Support Program.

Humanities Washington: $300,000 (over three years)

Humanities Washington, established in 1973, is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing experiences within the humanities - and making them accessible to all people. Our mission is to improve life for individuals and their communities through cultural education programs that nurture creativity, promote dialogue, and spark critical thinking. Funding will support their programming. 

Jefferson Land Trust: $300,000 (over three years)

Jefferson Land Trust is a community conservation organization whose mission is to help the community preserve open space, working lands and habitat forever. Funding for General Operating Support.  

Legal Voice: $75,000 (over three years)

Legal Voice, founded in 1978 as the Northwest Women's Law Center, works to ensure that all women and girls have these fundamental rights: to equal treatment and to be free from discrimination; to decide when and how to form and maintain their families; to be safe wherever they are; to economic equality and independence; to be healthy and active. Funding for General Operating Support.

Lydia Place: $75,000 (over three years)

Lydia Place provides a multi-faceted program that supports women and their children in transition from homelessness to independence. Respecting the individual needs of each mother and child, the Lydia Place staff and volunteers are able to assist each family in the changes necessary for their success. Funding for General Operating Support.

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust: $300,000 (over three years)

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the landscape from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington, ensuring a long-term balace between people and nature.  Funding for General Operating Support.

Northwest Maritime Center: $300,000 (over three years)

The Northwest Maritime Center & Wooden Boat Foundation is a center for maritime education dedicated to the preservation and celebration of traditional maritime skills, culture and heritage. The Northwest Maritime Center's mission is to engage and educate people of all generations in traditional and contemporary maritime life in a spirit of adventure and discovery. The sea connects us all. Funding for General Operating Support.

PCC Farmland Trust: $75,000 (over three years)

PCC Farmland Trust secures, preserves, and stewards threatened farmland in the Northwest, to ensure that generations of local farmers productively farm it using sustainable, organic growing methods. Funding for General Operating Support.

Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets: $75,000 (over three years)

Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS) exists to support homeless and at-risk youth and young adults to become empowered to lead positive and self-sufficient lives. Funding will support their employment and training program.

Phinney Neighborhood Association: $180,000 (over three years)

The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) was organized in 1980 to foster a sense of community and to assist North Seattle residents in enhancing the quality of their lives. Funding for General Operating Support.

Puget Sound Sage: $50,000 (over two years)

Puget Sound Sage brings together labor, faith and community to build an economy based on shared prosperity. We ensure all families benefit from economic growth, all workers are free from discrimintation in the workplace, and all development meets the needs of our community. Funding for General Operating Support.

Recovery Cafe: $300,000 (over three years)

Recovery Cafe is a community in which men and women traumatized by homelessness, addiction and mental health challenges can come to know themselves as loved and as instruments of love in the lives of others with gifts to share and receive the support needed to become stable in housing, relationships, health and employment. Funding for General Operating Support.

Seattle Parks Foundation: $300,000 (over three years)

Seattle Parks Foundation connects and supports community leaders to build and sustain a thriving system of parks and public space for all people. Funding will support the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands Project.

Sightline Institute: $300,000 (over three years)

The Sightline Institute is an independent, not-for-profit research and communication center that promotes an environmentally sound economy and way of life in the Pacific Northwest. Funding for General Operating Support. 

Skagit Land Trust: $69,000 (over three years)

Skagit Land Trust conserves wildlife habitat, wetlands, agricultural and forest lands, scenic open space and shorelines thoughout Skagit County for the benefit of our community and as a legacy to future generations. Funding will support their youth programming development.

Teen Feed: $180,000 (over three years)

Teen Feed's mission is to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. Funding will support their Teen Feed Meal Program.

Vida Verde Nature Education: $60,000 (over three years)

Vida Verde Nature Education is a non-profit that promotes educational equity by providing free, overnight, environmental learning experiences for students who don't otherwise get the opportunity. Funding for General Operating Support. 

Washington Community Action Network Education and Research
: : $75,000 (over three years)

Washington CAN!'s mission is to achieve economic fairness in order to establish a democratic society characterized by racial and social justice, with respect for diversity, and a decent quality of life for those who reside in Washington State.  Funding for General Operating Support. 

Washington State CASA: $75,000 (over three years)

Washington State Association of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) is committed to representing the best interests of children in our court system.
Funding for General Operating Support. 

Washington Toxics Coalition: $75,000 (over three years)

Washington Toxics Coalition (WTC) uses groundbreaking research, top-notch advocacy, in-depth grassroots organizing and high quality consumer information to help create a healthier and just world by promoting safer products, chemicals, and practices, and a healthier future for the next generation. Funding will support rebranding and website project.

Washington Water Trust: $75,000 (over three years)

Washington Water Trust is a neutral, nonregulatory, 501 c 3 nonprofit dedicated to improving and protecting stream flows and water quality throughout Washington State. Funding will support capacity building projects.

Women's Transitional Living Center Inc: $300,000 (over three years)

WTLC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families escape the depths of domestic violence and exploitation. WTLC provides the tools and resources to build self-esteem and empower people for independent living. Funding will support their Safe at Last Project.

Zero Waste Washington: $75,000 (over three years)

Zero Waste Washington protects people and our natural world by advocating for products designed and produced to be healthy, safe, and continually recycled and reused.  We are the public’s voice for zero waste. We envision a just and sustainable world where society responsibly produces, consumes and recycles. Funding for General Operating Support.