Competitive Grants Program
Our Competitive Grant Cycle is closed
Our 2021 cycle will dates will be similar to 2020. Instructions on how to apply are below.
In its efforts to fulfill its mission "to improve our community's quality of life by connecting people who care with causes that matter", the Kitsap Community Foundation has established an annual grant-making process. With the support of our donor-advised funds and a number of other investors, to date, KCF distributions exceed $8 Million.
The Competitive Grants Process involves the completion and submission of an online application via Common Grant Application, a third-party company. Applicants will be able to start, save, and return to their grant applications as often as necessary prior to final submission. Only electronic submissions, complete with all required attachments, will be accepted.
Grant Selection Criteria
KCF supports charitable organizations that benefit Kitsap County & North Mason County. Such evidence may include tax returns, corporate charter and by-laws, financial statements, an IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter, and other evidence of accomplishments. When grant applications are reviewed, the Foundation considers the validation of needs of organizations' constituents, the presence of other support (financial and/or in-kind), program evaluation and community impact.
For additional questions, please contact Shaine Schramling, Funds and Grants Officer at KCF, or the Grant Chairperson, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 360.698.3622.
The Foundation distributes additional grants each year, generally upon the recommendation of the advisers to specific funds held at the Foundation. These grants are allocated outside of the Competitive Grants process.
Types Of Grants
Our belief is that meeting a broad range of substantiated local needs improves the quality of life in Kitsap County and surrounding areas. These grants of up to $5,000 may be available to any nonprofit organization working in Kitsap County and immediately surrounding areas (North Mason County) within the following program areas:
Arts and Culture
Children and Youth Development
Environment and Animal Welfare
Health and Human Services
Foster Children and Family Reconciliation
These grants, available through the Sound Institute of Family and Children's Services Endowed Fund, may be awarded to nonprofit organizations that serve adolescents and their families:
Help youth (adolescents up to the age of 25) who have been in the foster care/child welfare system make positive transitions through residential programs, counseling, employment assistance, scholarships, or other supportive services, or:
Offer residential and non-residential services designed to facilitate family reconciliation for adolescents in conflict with their families.
One or more grants of up to $1,200-$1,400 will be allocated in 2020. Provided through the Youth Mentoring Endowment Fund, these grants are specifically for mentoring programs. The Foundation defines mentoring programs as organized, ongoing activities aimed at providing quality and mutually beneficial relationships between competent adults and young persons, with the goal of creating positive youth development.
How To Apply
- CommonGrantApplication.com manages our grant applications.
If this is your first time using the Common Grant Application, please open an account by signing up here. If you already have an account, log-in here.
After you log in the first time, you will be given the option to go to the "Dashboard" page or to go directly to start an application.
If you have any questions about using the Common Grant Application site, please contact Common Grant Application directly. Their contact information can be found by going to www.commongrantapplication.com and clicking on the Contact button. A representative may be reached by phone at (310) 490-1277.
We highly encourage you to watch the 3-minute demonstration video on the Common Grant Application page.
The Foundation does not award grants to provide or support:
1. Annual campaign appeals
2. Capital campaigns or facility improvements
4. For-profit organizations
6. Political or lobbying activities
7. Private operating foundations
8. Religious organizations for sacramental or theological purposes*
10. Scholarships for pre-school programs (although program support is allowed)
11. Organizations that discriminate with regard to age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin, religious affiliation, or presence of a disability
Other Eligibility Restrictions
National and statewide organizations that cannot demonstrate a significant local presence
Applications from “start-up” organizations must be pre-screened
Organizations with an Endowment Fund over $4Million
Grant Cycle Calendar
Friday, August 28, 2020
Grant Cycle for 2020 opens and KCF will begin accepting applications (Community Grants, Youth Mentoring, Foster Care and Family Reconcilation)
Friday, September 25, 2020
ALL Grants Due at 5 p.m. PST. No late submissions will be accepted
October 31, 2021
2020 Community Grant, Youth Mentoring Grant. Foster Care & Family Reconciliation Reports Due. If you do not submit your report in a timely manner, you may not be eligible for the 2021 grant cycle.
January 15, 2021
2020 Grant notifications sent via Common Grant Application