Annual Grants Cycle

The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington’s grant programs provide funding to nonprofits serving residents in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania Counties. Nonprofits can submit specific applications for capacity building needs, program support or for funding related to our strategic focus: interrupting the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

We offer two grant cycles per year—with application periods open from December 1 to January 31 and again from June 1 through July 31. Grants from the first cycle will be awarded in May, while awards for the second cycle will be announced in November. All applications and guidelines, which include criteria and suggestions, are provided below. For further information related to our grant programs, please email [email protected].


Funds Supporting our Discretionary Grant Programs

Alfred Allina Fund
Arts and Learning Endowment Fund
Barry Endowment Fund
for Children and Families
Butler Endowment Fund
Children’s Trust Fund
Children’s Trust Endowment Fund
Community Foundation
Community Engagement Fund
Community Foundation
Capacity Building Fund
Community Foundation
Early Learning Impact Fund
Community Giving Fund
Cowlitz Community Fund
Hazel Defenbaugh Fund for Seniors
Hazel Defenbaugh Fund for Trails
Barry Disdero Chartiable Fund
Evelyn Dusenbery
Fund for the Performing Arts
Harris Dusenbery Fund for the Homeless
Waldon M. Groves Fund
K.T. and Luella Henderson
Charitable Fund
Merle Hogg Fund for Seniors
Home Heating Assistance Fund
Homes for Community Living
Ethel K. Lehman Fund
Jean Lewis Endowment
Fund for Clark County
Jane Onsdorff Malmquist Charitable Fund
Fred G. Meyer Endowment Fund
Term Nylund Fund for Children
William B. Price Fund for Children
William Troy Sorweide Endowment Fund
SWIFT for Kids Endowment Fund
Esther Talback Memorial Fund
Kenneth E. and Eunice M. Teter Charitable Fund
Lenore Vande Zande Endowment Fund
Walt Whitman Fund
Youth Philanthropy Fund

Ian Thompson“The grants we received through the Cowlitz Community Fund have allowed our program to flourish considerably in the community. We are just four years in and have already connected hundreds of children and families to the joys that school gardens provide.”

– Ian Thompson
Executive Director
Lower Columbia School Gardens