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The Jackson Foundation strives to:

  • Invest in values-based leaders in public and civic life;
  • Address the climate crisis to preserve life and the global environment; and
  • Advance human rights and international affairs education, particularly regarding Russia and China.

Opportunity Grants

The Foundation provides Opportunity Grants of up to $5,000 to help accomplish these goals. These grants most often support activities in Washington state, such as holding policy-oriented roundtable discussions, conducting programming centered on our goals, and bringing in expert speakers.

Some of our Opportunity Grant funds will focus on work in Snohomish County, Washington, to further the Foundation’s priorities as described above and to honor Senator Jackson’s hometown ties to Everett, Washington.

The Foundation seeks requests that:

  • Support strong, diverse leaders who use the Jackson leadership values in public, private, and civic leadership
  • Empower climate change and human rights leaders
  • Promote the Jackson leadership values to younger, diverse generations
  • Increase awareness of climate change threats and potential policy solutions
  • Support the adoption of domestic policies that limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C and accelerate the transition to clean energy
  • Strengthen the connection between researchers and policy makers in seeking solutions to internationally significant issues
  • Provide nonpartisan analysis to policymakers regarding the importance of the Global Magnitsky Act

We endeavor to form partnerships that amplify our partners’ efforts, advance our own outcomes and goals, and add value to support our partner organizations.

Grant Restrictions

Grants are not provided directly to individuals. Applicants must be based in the United States and registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Grants are also not made to cover operating deficits, for capital expenditures, awarded to political campaigns, or to influence specific legislation other than to make available the results of nonpartisan analysis and research. Grants to cover operating expenses are infrequently awarded, and generally focus on strengthening an NGO’s leadership capacity.

How to Apply

The Jackson Foundation uses an online application system for grant proposals. The application requests an LOI with information about the organization; the proposed project, including activities, goals, and evaluation; and a project budget. Grant recipients will be asked to briefly share results and feedback when the program is completed. As part of our efforts toward equitable grantmaking, the Foundation considers organizational and audience diversity in its grantmaking decisions.

We will accept applications on a rolling basis until the funds are expended for the fiscal year. These grants do not require a funding match. The Foundation will strive to inform applicants of a decision within three weeks of submitting an LOI.

Please email Maura Sullivan or leave a voicemail at (206) 682-8565 with any grant-related questions. During remote work, email is preferred.