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Grant Application Process

Grant & Strategic Initiatives: Inquire

The Foundation primarily makes grants to the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and other University of Washington schools. The Foundation also produces Strategic Initiatives and occasionally makes grants in each of the Foundation’s four Program Areas: International Affairs Education, Environment and Natural Resource Management, Public Service, and Human Rights. Strategic Initiatives, which are forums, convenings, conferences, and other public programs, are generally invited by the Foundation and are developed as partnerships between the Foundation and regional, national and international organizations. If you have any questions about our grantmaking program or would like to discuss a possible Strategic Initiative, please call or send us an e-mail.

Grant & Program Restrictions

The Foundation makes grants and undertakes strategic initiatives only with nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations certified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and with public entities qualifying under Section 170(c). Grants are not made for unrestricted operating expenses or to cover operating deficits, or for capital expenditures, except in exceptional circumstances. Except for grants made to universities, indirect expenses are allowed up to 20% of the total budget. In general, grants are not awarded to endowment or political campaigns, provided directly to individuals or to efforts to influence legislation other than by making available the results of nonpartisan analysis and research.

With one program area exception, Foundation grantmaking and strategic initiatives are limited geographically to the U.S. and to U.S.-based organizations. The exception is the human rights program, which is limited primarily to Russia and to Russia-based organizations. Grant requests from outside the U.S. and Russia under this program will not be considered.

Grant & Strategic Initiatives: Apply

The Foundation has an online application system. All applicants will first be asked to submit a letter of inquiry (please submit the LOI well in advance of the proposal deadline). Within two weeks, you will receive a response from the Foundation.

If you are invited to submit a full proposal, please log in with the same email and password and proceed with the Standard Grant Application. You will be asked to submit:

  • a cover letter, which includes an executive summary and the amount and use of funds requested
  • a one-sentence program description
  • program rationale and purpose
  • program goals, anticipated outcomes, and plans for evaluation
  • implementation strategy and timetable
  • plans for outreach, dissemination, and follow up
  • a detailed program budget (including identification of other potential or secured funding sources)
  • a brief description of the organization
  • a list of the organization's board of directors
  • organizational budget
  • the organization's most recent financial statement
  • IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter
  • any other additional information you feel may be useful to the Foundation.

Most fields require that the information be typed or pasted into text boxes with a certain character limit (most fields allow 4,000 characters, which equals about one and a half typed pages). Other fields give you the option of uploading a document, spreadsheet, or PDF file. Should you experience any technical difficulties or have any questions about the online application procedures, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Apply Online

Apply online now or for additional information about the Foundation's application procedures, please call or email.

Grant and Strategic Initiative Decisions

Proposals are reviewed on a quarterly basis according to this calendar:

Proposal Due


Notification Given

January 1



April 1



July 1



October 1