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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)