KCF: Competitive Grants Program

Kitsap Community Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $6,800

Anticipated deadline: Sep 27, 2020 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in Washington: Kitsap County, Mason County

Location of residency: Counties in Washington: Kitsap County, Mason County

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KCF: Competitive Grants Program

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.

Types Grants

Community 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
  • Education
  • 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:

  • Help youth 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.

Applicants may apply for 2-year grants of up to $6,800 for each year. The budget you upload must reflect 2 years of income and expenses if you choose to apply for a two-year grant. Second year funding will be contingent upon your program/project's measurable outcomes, submitted report and KCF Board of Directors' favorable review of first year's performance.

Youth Mentoring

One or more grants of up to $1,200 will be allocated in 2019. 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.

Behavioral Health & Health Equity

Thanks to a generous grant from Premera Blue Cross, Kitsap Community Foundation has an additional $90,000 to award this year to support small and medium sized 501(c)(3) organizations doing work in the fields of behavioral health and health equity in Kitsap County and North Mason County.

Priority will be given to proposals that serve underserved communities including people of color, low-income populations, rural populations, and children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences.

Grant amounts will range from $5,000 to $15,000.

Grant funds must be used during the 2020 calendar year.

If your organization is already a grantee of Premera Blue Cross, you are not eligible for this grant opportunity.

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


  • 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. 


  • The Kitsap Community Foundation does not award grants to:
    • Annual campaign appeals 
    • Endowments
    • Individuals
    • Political or lobbying activities
    • Operating foundations
    • For-profit organizations
    • Scholarships
    • Religious organizations for sacramental or theological purposes*
      • *Faith-based social service, youth, or community programs are eligible if the following conditions are met: 501(c)(3) organization; program/project has a board-approved mission statement and program/project budget separate from the organization's sacramental or theological budget; secular programs or services are available to eligible participants without regard to religious belief or willingness to participate in religious activities; and the organization ensures that Foundation contributions are not used to support religious activities such as worship or proselytizing.