We make grants to 501(c)(3) organizations and other tax-exempt agencies that benefit the public. Anything that would qualify with the IRS as a charitable project – spanning the fields of arts and culture, education, environment and animal protection, health and human services, and civic projects – could be considered eligible for a grant. Each grant program has its own criteria.

For more information and examples of ineligible grants, please review the Grant Guidelines and Policies.

We have several grants with various funding amounts and criteria offered through our Community Grants Program ranging from $500 - $15,000, depending on the grant program and potential impact in the community and/or region. The largest grant funding opportunity is the Regional Impact Grant.

All of our grant applications are submitted online. Some of our smaller grant applications will be embedded on the grant's web page, while our larger grants will require you to create an account where you will be able to stop, save, and return to your application at any time. This will also keep historical information that can be helpful when applying for future grants at the foundation.

Each of our grants have their own deadline, so be sure to look on the appropriate page for that information. To ensure you receive notification when grant applications open, be sure to join our mailing list and choose "Nonprofit Organization".

The Grants Committee, comprised of members of our Board of Trustees, review and evaluate of all the applications we receive and may often conduct a Site visit with the organization to better understand their work and request. The Foundation’s staff supports the work of the committee but has no vote on grantmaking approvals. The full Board of Trustees review and approve the committee's award recommendations.

No. Having an Agency Fund or Endowment with the Foundation, regardless of its size, it has no bearing when it comes to receiving a grant. If your organization needs financial support to advance your mission, we encourage you to apply. You will be on even footing with all other applicants.

Applications are usually not turned down because they are “bad” applications. Occasionally, an application will fall outside the bounds of our guidelines and the Grant Committee will find itself unable to help. We also receive far more in grant requests than our budget allows; when a grant is not awarded, it is usually a case of competing with others in the same award cycle.

We recommend reviewing the Grant Guidelines and Policies carefully before investing the time and energy in making an application.

If you have any questions about a grant that was not awarded, contact our Director of Community Grants, Jennifer Short at 

Capital campaign requests are currently not eligible for Community Foundation grants due to the size of our grants (typically less than $15,000) and the time limit on funds to be spent within one year of award. However, for organizations that qualify for unrestricted core operating grants, funds are flexible and can be used towards capital projects completed within the grant period.

Yes, the foundation allows requests for general operating expenses, which may include salaries.

Legally, we can. However, the Trustees have decided to suspend multi-year grants at this time.

Yes, but not always. It is certainly a factor that the Committee considers, but efforts to get a good “bang for the buck” are measured qualitatively as well as quantitatively.

It’s not necessary. We work with and support nonprofits of all levels and try to develop applications that are commensurate with the funding. Our Grant Committee is more interested in the reality of the need and the quality of the plan for addressing it than in the elegance of the grant application language. It’s ok to use a grant writer, it’s just not necessary.

All of our competitive grants are restricted to agencies supporting Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. This means that an agency located outside of our region may receive an award, but only for projects that specifically impact one or more of the three counties.

We do, however, manage individual funds for donors that make grants to organizations outside of the NCW region, but those grants are recommended by the donor and not part of our competitive Community Grants Program.



Xitlali Cruz


I am currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at Stanford. Since the beginning of my freshman year I have been involved with clubs such as Stanford’s Space Initiative (SSI) and the Society of Latinx Engineers (SOLE). In SSI I built a rocket and launched it.


Aero Methow Rescue Service


Due to being rural, remote, and geographically isolated, we must be prepared to do more than respond to emergencies. We have become a healthcare partner who fills gaps in service. The grant allowed our board the time and ability to work with a Strategic Planner to modify our plan to address those gaps.


Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services


The grant provided funds to hire a Housing Justice and Outreach Coordinator to visit rural and underserved areas. Rosie’s bilingual and bicultural skills and experience have increased equity of service. Rosie is building partnerships with local organizations through events such as the Columbia Valley Community Health’s Back to School Drive, as well as posting yard signs.

Tenoch Mandujano

Tenoch Mandujano

Scholarship Recipient

My father was a migrant agricultural worker who eventually started his own cherry and apple orchard. He told me if I wanted to live a better life, I had to get an education. I plan on starting a career with the Chelan PUD with a passion for renewable energy and in turn give back to my parents and community for supporting my dreams.

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