Betty Kinsman Fund

Kinsman Foundation

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Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $200,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 15, 2021

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Oregon, Counties in Washington: Clark County, Cowlitz County, Klickitat County, Skamania County Show all

Location of residency: Oregon, Counties in Washington: Clark County, Cowlitz County, Klickitat County, Skamania County Show all

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About this funder:



Mission and Model Grantee

Our mission is modeled from the philosophy and ideals of our founders. In making grant decisions, our directors intend to encourage the enjoyment of life through these traditional Oregonian and American values:

  • Challenging abusive power;
  • Respect for personal creativity, skill, effort and accomplishment;
  • Free thinking;
  • Dedication to individual justice;
  • Appreciation of the natural world;

Our model grantee also reflects the qualities our founders admired. Preference will be afforded to nonprofits who are 

  • Small independent organizations;
  • Staffed at least in part by volunteers;
  • Built on an individual's commitment to a hope, vision or dream.

The Betty Kinsman Fund for Arts, Culture and Humanities 

This Fund is a part of our general grantmaking activities, and celebrates Betty’s affection for literary arts, theater, and photography.

The characteristics we evaluate for these activities, performances, projects and programs are:

  • celebrating the excellence of an individual artist 
  • promoting one of the arts disciplines listed above
  • offering an artistic experience directed to the general public
  • exhibiting professional quality
  • including a public presentation of artistic work
  • emphasizing innovation or excellence in presentation.

Because we are a small foundation, we see our role as supporting smaller organizations and companies, and in larger urban areas, alternate or secondary ones.

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


  • These grant policies are an informal summary of our granting practices and procedures. They vary in importance, depending on the individual circumstances of each situation. Each, however, reflects the last few years of our grantmaking:
    • Grants are made only for activities benefiting Oregon and southern Washington. 
    • Grants are awarded only to tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and government agencies. Only exceptional situations will result in a grant that requires us to exercise the expenditure responsibility procedures required by the IRS for some grants.
    • Granting decisions are made by a consensus of our Board of Directors without significant staff recommendation.
    • There is some internal inconsistency over the question of operating support versus project support. Like many funders, we appreciate the unique results nonprofits can sometimes achieve through a special project or program. Yet we understand that often the most valuable support we can provide to organizations whose values, goals and work we admire is general or administrative support. Generally speaking, project support still is afforded a preference.
    • No matching funds are required.
    • There are no reapplication limits for either previous grantees or others.
    • An educational component to a program will not enhance its likelihood of funding.


  • Grants outside our indicated areas of interest are initiated by the Foundation.
  • The Fund does not expect to make grants for:
    • physical improvements to performance or exhibition spaces
    • fairs and festivals
    • arts education
    • activities directed to specialty audiences
    • hobbies or personal enrichment activities
    • commercial museums or galleries