General Operating Grants
Funding 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 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.
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 Budget||Available Request Amount|
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 contact GTCF prior to applying.
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:
- Wednesday, October 18th, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
- Thursday, November 2nd, 10:00 AM – Noon
- Thursday, November 9th, 10:00 AM – Noon
- Thursday, November 30th, 10:00 AM – Noon
- Thursday, December 14th, 10:00 Am – Noon
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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. Multi-year awards will be the same amount each year. For example, if the organization requested $10,000 and was awarded multi-year funding, the organization would receive $10,000 each year for 3 years.
Nonprofits continue to tell us that general operating support is essential and they share how vital flexible dollars are to their continued success.
It is our belief that operating and administrative funds are critical to the overall health of an organization. General operating dollars help ensure that nonprofits have the resources they need to carry out their missions. Additionally, these general operating funds have moved our focus from observing program-level outcomes within specific focus areas to supporting the social impact of organizations as a whole.
This specific grant program is designed to bolster smaller and grassroots organizations in our community. If your organization’s budget is over $1 million, you are eligible for all of our other competitive grant programs.
We appreciate that budgets can vary from year to year. In this case, please submit the operational budgets from the past three years.
Yes. In this case, you are required to submit both the organization’s overall budget and the Pierce County specific budget. Organizations must request a grant amount that is proportionate to the Pierce County specific budget, not their overall organizational budget.
Eligibility will be based on the budget of the organization sponsored, not the budget of the larger organization serving as the fiscal sponsor. However, we will require both budgets as part of our due diligence review.
Speed interviews are an opportunity for the volunteer committee reviewing applications to gain more clarity about the specifics of the application. These 20-minute interviews are by invitation only and usually occur 4-6 weeks prior to funding.
Yes, as long as your organization fits the criteria.
We require one written report and an on-site visit during the term of your grant. The interim report will be completed as a site visit within 6 months of fund distribution and the final report will be due within a year of fund distribution. We will send you reporting information before each report is due.
We believe it is important to bring community voices into our grantmaking decisions. We draw upon the experiences and expertise of community volunteers to review our competitive grant applications. The grant review committee makes recommendations to our Board of Directors about which applications to fund and at what funding levels.
If you have other questions, please contact the Foundation at 253-383-5622.