Annual Grant Cycles

The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington’s discretionary grant programs provide funding to nonprofit programs and projects that serve residents in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania Counties. We’ve recently restructured our grant programs and framework. For more information on these changes and to see if your organization’s efforts align with our funding strategy, please review our Grantmaking Framework page.

In 2018, we will continue to offer two grant cycles. Applications are only being accepted for Focus Grants. The second grant cycle is currently open and closes on Friday, September 7. For more in-depth information or if you have questions regarding past grants, please email [email protected].

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Nonprofits, fiscally-sponsored projects, government and tribal agencies, churches and schools working to address intergenerational poverty in Clark, Cowlitz, or Skamania counties are eligible to apply. We do not fund debt reduction, endowments, parent teacher associations or booster clubs.

Support Types

The average grant size for this program is $25,000. You may apply for multi-year funding, although multi-year awards are uncommon. Applications are submitted via our online grants system. We will consider the following types of support:

Operating support — Unrestricted funding to support an organization’s mission

Programs & Projects — Support for new and established services or initiatives

Modest Capital Projects — Investments in buildings, equipment, and technology

Capacity Building Support — Funding to strengthen organizational infrastructure, including support for diversity, equity, and inclusion work

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

Community Giving Endowment Fund

Cowlitz Community Fund

Cowlitz Community Endowment 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

Leslie S. Homer Endowment Fund

Homes for Community Living

Ethel K. Lehman Fund

Jean Lewis Endowment
Fund for Clark County

Jane Onsdorff Malmquist Charitable Fund

Mason E. Nolan Charitable 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