Foster Foundation Grant

Foster Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $5,000,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 31, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington

Location of residency: Preferred: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington Other eligible locations: United States

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About this funder:



Note: 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.

  • Check EIN in Our Database
  • Complete or Update Organization Information Form 
  • Wait for Status Update and Invitation to Submit Proposal 

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 to the deadline above. 

Foster Family Foundation Grant

The Foster Foundation is a family philanthropic organization that works to advance the quality of life for present and future Pacific Northwest generations. Since 1984, we've invested over $100 million in nonprofit organizations whose efforts are aligned with our priority funding issues throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

The Foster Foundation carefully curates the organizations and projects we support. We directly invite organizations we've identified as exemplary partners to submit proposals. We no longer accept unsolicited proposals or grant requests.

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.

Requests for capital needs will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The Foundation has a history of funding the tangible, hands-on needs of an organization that directly serves constituents, such as books for preschools or beds and food for shelters.

Priority Areas

Building strong communities benefits all of us. Improving community life encompasses not only meeting critical needs such as food, housing, healthcare, education and employment, but also enriching community spirt and well-being through the support of artistic expression, cultural programs and sports/recreational opportunities.

We seek to identify and fund under-resourced opportunities to make a difference in these four areas:

Social Services/ Human Welfare

We fund emergency and critical human services that support people and families in need. This includes food, emergency/transitional housing, job/life's skills training, counseling and other resources and opportunities that build economic self-reliance.


We support innovative programs that improve literacy, learning and academic success for all ages. Training, tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programs are examples of our outreach in this area.

Medical Research, Treatment & Care

We provide funding for promising medical research to aid in the understanding, treatment and prevention of diseases. The Foundation also supports hospice care as well as HIV/AIDs research and education.

Community Engagement

We nurture the spirt and well-being of Northwest communities by supporting cultural, artistic and recreational activities that engage all ages and populations. Foundation grants help sustain arts organizations and programs that express and grow the creative imagination. We also support community sports/recreational programs, centers and activities that promote health, well-being and teamwork.

Geographic Reach

With both family and business roots in the Pacific Northwest, The Foster Foundation takes a regional approach to giving. We target our funding to assist nonprofits engaged in our priority funding concerns within Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

In addressing the founders' original intent, the Foundation will expand our philanthropy into smaller, more diverse communities within this five state area over the coming years. We will continue to support existing grantees. But, we desire to learn about and fund other pioneering initiatives and nonprofit programs that address the underserved and disadvantaged segments of this population―especially children, women and seniors.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be considered for possible funding, your organization must meet all these requirements:
    • Have current 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service.
    • Be located in or serve populations of the Pacific Northwest which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
    • Address as your mission or project intent one of the Foundation's Priority Issues for funding.
    • Not have any delinquent final reports due to the Foundation from previous grant cycles.
    • All requests from partner organizations located outside the Pacific Northwest are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
      • Grants to these organizations usually stipulate that any funding must be used within our geographic reach—one or more of the five states within the Pacific Northwest.


  • In general, The Foster Foundation will not consider requests for:
    • Direct grants, scholarships or loans for the benefit of specific individuals.
    • Projects of organizations whose policies or practices discriminate on the basis of race, ethnic origin, sex, creed or sexual orientation.
    • Contributions or program support for sectarian or religious organizations whose activities benefit only their members.
    • Loans.