Helping Hands Grants




Rolling Deadline

For requests up to $3,000, this grant program provides financial resources to nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties with unexpected and emergent needs.

The foundation’s Board of Trustees has given authority to expand the existing criteria and application process to better respond to our nonprofits’ current and imminent needs from COVID-19.

Criteria will be reassessed as the impact of COVID-19 progresses and changes over time. Applications can be submitted anytime, year-round. Funds are awarded twice per month and must be spent within six months.

Helping Hands grants are designed to:

  • Provide critical equipment or resources that could not have been anticipated or budgeted for; and/or
  • Provide resources to improve and adapt vital program delivery in response to COVID-19; and/or
  • Provide additional program support due to a demonstrated increase in demand for services due to COVID-19; and/or
  • Reimburse direct expenses of events that had to be cancelled due to COVID-19, if those costs could not be recouped through refunds, insurance, or other means (e.g., venue, printing, advertising, food and beverages, entertainment).

Helping Hands grants are not intended to:

  • Reimburse indirect event costs (e.g., staff time planning the event) for cancelled events or the projected loss of income from those cancelled events
  • Pay down deficits
  • Reimburse previously incurred expenses, except in the case of direct costs of cancelled events due to COVID-19

Applications are due on the 1st and 15th of the month. Decisions are made by the Board of Trustees on the 10th and last day of the month. Additional dates will be added to the list below.

Applications Received By: Decisions Made By:
April 1, 2020 April 10, 2020
April 15, 2020 April 30, 2020
May 1, 2020 May 10, 2020
May 15, 2020 May 31, 2020
June 1, 2020 June 10, 2020
June 15, 2020 June 30, 2020

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Grants are for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties only. Government entities (excluding public educational institutions) and religious organizations defined by the IRS in Section 170(c)1 or 170(b)1A are also eligible. All other organizations are required to have a 501c3 fiscal sponsor prior to submitting a grant request.
  • Multiple Helping Hands grant applications in any one grant cycle from the same organization are not acceptable (exception is for organizations acting as fiscal sponsor for community projects or programs). Grant applications in one grant program does not preclude an organization’s ability to apply for the other (e.g., Regional Impact and Helping Hands).
  • Site visits may be conducted on an as-needed basis.
  • Grant funds must be expended within six months of award date.
  • No grants will be made specifically for religious purposes but can be made to religious organizations for general community programs (see CFNCW’s policy on funding for faith-based organizations).
  • No grants will be made for projects, programs, and/or equipment that were ordered, acquired, or completed prior to the scheduled grant award date (except for direct costs of cancelled events due to COVID-19).
  • The Board of Trustees is responsible for final grant decisions and authorizes distribution of grants pursuant to these and other guidelines established by the Community Foundation.
  • Historically, Helping Hands grant recipients had to wait out one year before reapplying to this grant program; that eligibility requirement has been removed. Organizations that have received funds within the last year are eligible to apply.


Grant Reports

All Helping Hands grant recipients are required to submit a mini-Grant Report 1 year after the application deadline.


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