Neighborhood & Coalition Grants

Funding_NEIGHBORHOOD_COALITION_GRANTSCommunity Projects & Collaboration for Impact

About this Special One-Time Funding Opportunity

On Friday, September 9, 2016, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation celebrated 35 years of bringing passion to life in Pierce County with a special event that featured an interactive gallery walk featuring the Foundation’s history. The gallery included archives and stories demonstrating the powerful impact of GTCF donors and partnerships in Pierce County. Guests had the opportunity to explore a Funders Market to learn about field of interests. Thirty-five dollars from each ticket sold at the event was designated for a special one-time community grant opportunity to support those fields of interest. Below you will find a description and details related to this one-time grant funding opportunity as a result of this event.


The Neighborhood & Coalition Grants Program exists to:

  • Encourage and support the work of local coalitions and neighborhood groups trying to preserve and/or improve the quality of life in Pierce County;
  • Promote resident participation and leadership in groups and coalitions;
  • Invest in and build on the existing strengths and assets of the established group; and
  • Create a more connected community around a specific topic.


Organizational Structure


  • Be a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, not-for-profit agency and/or an organized group carrying out a charitable purpose for the common good (e.g., neighborhood associations, neighborhood groups, coalitions)


  • Have a minimum of three active leaders (e.g., President, Treasurer, Secretary, etc.); and have an established process to manage grant funds, including a current checking account in the name of the organization/group


Other Criteria

  • Be operated and organized so that there is no discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran’s status, disability, or any other factor prohibited by applicable law;
  • Be a group that is located in Pierce County, Washington;
  • Have the capacity to complete the proposed project within a year; and
  • Be current on all final reports for grants previously received from the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.

What We Look For

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation looks for projects that:

  • Encourage partnerships between residents, businesses, non-profits, and institutions;
  • Are generated, led, and executed by residents of the neighborhood to the extent possible; and
  • Build on the assets existing in the neighborhood, including using the skills of residents, involving youth, or working with another existing neighborhood group.

Groups must be working for community benefit in one of the following categories: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Human Services, Social Entrepreneurship, Youth, Women & Girls.

What We Fund

This is a project-focused grant opportunity. Eligible groups are able to request up to $3,500 to fund a project that will support, strengthen, and promote the group’s mission. Projects may resemble, but are not restricted to:

  • Topic-Specific Activities
  • Mission-Focused Projects
  • Community Engagement
  • Community Outreach
  • Community Organizing
  • Resident-Focused Education

Community Meetings

Each group that receives funding will be provided with an additional $500 grant to hold a community engagement activity/meeting. Groups can either invite other like coalitions to discuss possible resource sharing, strategic partnerships, and mission alignment or they may choose to invite community members who may be affected by the group’s work to share direction and gather input/feedback. This meeting must take place within the year of receiving funding.


The Neighborhood & Coalition Grants Program is now closed. The funds will be awarded in April 2017.


The Neighborhood & Coalition Grants Program is managed by Senior Program Officer, Kathryn Zetzer. She can be reached by phone at 253-345-4169 or by email at You are also invited and welcome to attend any of the drop-in office hour events listed below. These 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