General Operating Grants

Funding_GENERAL_OPERATING_GRANTSFunding Support Designed to Strengthen Smaller Pierce County Nonprofits

Strengthening Pierce County grants are general operating support funds. These flexible funds are designed to bolster smaller nonprofits who are addressing critical issues to sustain and build a stronger Pierce County.

Our goal is to support organizations with clear mission and programmatic alignment, who learn from their constituents, participate in field building activities, assess their impact, and share Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s values.

If you have questions regarding this funding opportunity, please call the Foundation at 253-383-5622.

This grant application is now closed.

Total Funding Available

There is a total of $350,000 to distribute in 2018. Multi-year funding will not be available this year.

Grant Request Range

Grant size is dependent on organizational budget size according to the following table:

Annual Organizational BudgetAvailable Request Amount

Eligibility Criteria

These grants are designed to support nonprofit organizations and do not support individuals, school-based clubs, or capital projects. However, schools and government agencies may apply.

Applicants must meet the following qualifications to be eligible for a Strengthening Pierce County grant:

  • Organizations must be aligned with GTCF’s values.
  • Programming must serve residents of Pierce County, Washington.
  • Annual operating budget for Pierce County programming must be $1M or less.
  • Organizations must not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental disabilities, gender or national origin.  Organizations must be inclusive with clients, volunteers, and staff.
  • Nonprofit applicants must have applied to be listed in GTCF’s nonprofit directory
  • Applicants must be current on all final reports for grants previously funded from Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.

Organizations that have never received a grant from the Community Foundation before or that haven’t applied for a grant in the past three years are highly encouraged to contact GTCF prior to applying.

Office Hours

GTCF’s Vice President of Grants and Initiatives Gina Anstey is available to answer specific questions about our grant programs via phone at the following days and times:

This grant application is now closed.


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