Our grant making process has changed. Beginning with our 2017 funding cycle (January 1―August 31), our grant application process will be by invitation only.All grant seekers should review and follow these process steps to be eligible for consideration. This includes prior grantees; organizations who have submitted proposals in the past who have not been funded; as well as organizations who are approaching the Foundation for the first time for funding consideration and support.
Complete or Update Organization Information Form
If your EIN is not currently in our database, you will be prompted to open and complete the Organization Information Form. The data you provide will introduce your nonprofit's mission and goals to the Foundation. If we need more information or would like to request a site visit, we will contact you.
If your EIN is already in our system, follow the directions listed for your specific organization. Click the link to go to the Organization Portal Login. You will need to enter the User Name and Password you received from the Foundation. If you forgot your User Name, contact our Executive Director. If you forgot your Password, instructions for resetting it are provided. Once logged in, you can review and update your Organization Information Form. Your organization's past grant awards are also listed here.
Wait for Status Update and Invitation to Submit Proposal
If we think your organization is a good match to our funding strategies, we will notify you to confirm your status as a partner organization and invite you to submit a proposal. If you are a first time partner, we will send you a User Name and Password. Your Grant Request application will be completed online with detailed information provided to streamline the process.
If your organization has been reviewed and rejected, you will not be able to login or submit a proposal for funding.If you have questions about our new grant eligibility and submission process, please call our Executive Director, Karen Okamura Rowe at 206-726-1815. Or, send your inquiry via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the Foundation transitions to our new grant application by invitation only procedure, we will actively review the organizations currently in our database. Our goal is to identify partner organizations―those nonprofits we deem to be a good match with our priority issues, geographic reach and funding goals. It is this group of organizations that we seek to invest in over the long-term. Many of these organizations have a long history with the Foundation and have been regularly awarded grants.We encourage organizations who are approaching us for the first time to follow the For Grant Seekers steps outlined above. By submitting the Organization Information Form, you allow us to review your goals and missions to determine if you qualify for partner status and an invitation to submit a proposal. We will accept and review Organization Form data from January 1 - August 31.
Organizations reviewed and determined to be qualifying partners are notified and invited to submit a Grant Request proposal.Organizations will be given or reminded of their User Name and Password which will be used to gain access to the Organization Portal Login. Here, complete instructions will be provided to assist you in writing your proposal. All Grant Request proposals will be completed and submitted online using our electronic form.
Deadline for submitting your Grant Report from prior year's award, if applicable.Complete instructions for completing the online Grant Report are available via the Organization Portal Login. All Grant Reports will be completed and submitted online using our electronic form. Organizations delinquent in reporting about their prior grant will not be eligible for funding in the next grant cycle.
Grant Award Notification
The Foundation staff meets with The Foster Foundation trustees to make final funding decisions. Organizations awarded grants will be notified by a letter transmitting the funds in December for use in the next calendar year.
The Foundation considers various types of funding requests on a case-by-case basis from eligible organizations. Funding may include grants for projects and programs, general operating support, capacity building, challenge grants, endowments and in-kind services.In reviewing support requests, we look for effective organizations with a strong track record and a sustainable business plan. Priority will be given to funding innovative and collaborative approaches to meeting critical needs that result in improved services, increased impact and positive outcomes for constituents within our areas of focus.