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.

Organizations that receive Strengthening Pierce County grants have the opportunity to join a learning community. More details about learning community agendas will be available when the application period opens again in Fall 2017.

If you have questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact Senior Program Officer Kathryn Zetzer at or 253-383-5622.

Accepting Applications
This grant cycle is closed.

Total Funding Available
There is a total of $450,000 to distribute in 2017, of which $100,000 is committed to providing multi-year funding.

Multi-Year Funding
GTCF has committed $100,000 of the $450,000 total grant funding to provide a number of multi-year grants. All grant applications received that fit the Strengthening Pierce County criteria will be eligible for a three-year grant award. The final recommendation will be made by our volunteer grant committee members, based on the applications and speed interviews.

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.

Nonprofits 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 Pierce County residents.
  • County annual operating budget 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; must be inclusive with clients, volunteers, and staff.
  • 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 haven’t applied for a grant in the past three years are highly encouraged to have a phone call with Kathryn Zetzer, Senior Program Officer, before applying at 253.345.4169.

Review Process

  • To be considered, applications must have been received before 4PM PST on January 13, 2017.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a committee of community volunteers.
  • Speed interviews will take place in late February and March 2017.
  • Final decisions will be presented to the GTCF’s Board of Directors for approval in late April 2017 with notification shortly thereafter.


Contact Kathryn Zetzer, Senior Program Officer, at, or 253.345.4169. You are also invited and welcome to attend any of the drop-in office hour events listed below. These are casual in-person meetings are designed to answer your questions in a more personalized setting. There will be no formal presentations at these events, rather they are designed to provide a face-to-face opportunity to chat, walk through any potential applications you’re considering or just learn more about any of our competitive grant opportunities.

Parkland/Spanaway Library, Room 1

13718 Pacific Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98444
Friday, September 23
12:00PM – 2:00PM

Gig Harbor Library, Room 1

4424 Point Fosdick Dr NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Wednesday, October 5
1:30PM – 3:30PM

Lakewood Library, Room 1

6300 Wildaire Rd SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Tuesday, October 18
1:00PM – 3:00PM

Bonney Lake Library, Room 1

18501 90th St E
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
Thursday, October 20
1:30PM – 3:00PM

Administrative Center & Library, Room A

3005 112th Street East
Tacoma, WA 98446-2215
Wednesday, November 2
12:00PM – 2:00PM

Graham Library, Room 1

9202 224th St E
Graham, WA 98338
Thursday, November 3
10:30AM – 12:30PM

University Place Library, Room 1

3609 Market Place W., Suite 100
University Place, WA 98466
Friday, November 18
1:30PM – 3:30PM

Urban Timber Coffee, Microbrew & Wine

6621 166th Ave E,
Sumner, WA 98390
Tuesday, November 22
9:00AM – 11:00AM

Forrey’s Forza

1520 Wilmington Dr.
DuPont, WA 98327
Tuesday, November 29
9:00AM – 11:00AM

Anthem Coffee & Tea

1911 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Tuesday, December 13
9:00AM – 11:00AM

Volcano Coffee Company

9909 168th St E #101
Puyallup, WA 98375
Tuesday, December 20
9:00AM – 11:00AM

Devoted Kiss Café

8809 N Harborview Dr.
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Thursday, January 5
9:00AM – 11:00AM

Café Brosseau

2716 N 21st St.
Tacoma, WA 98406
Monday, January 9
9:00AM – 11:00AM

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)