Regional Impact Grants & Give NCW Program

Community Foundation of North Central Washington

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 1, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, General Operating Expense, Capital Project, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in Washington: Chelan County, Douglas County, Okanogan County

Location of residency: Counties in Washington: Chelan County, Douglas County, Okanogan County

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Regional Impact Grants & Give NCW Program

The Regional Impact Grant (RIG) is the Community Foundation of NCW’s largest grant funding opportunity for nonprofits in the NCW region. The RIG program has funded over $4.5 million to nonprofit agencies that are improving lives and enhancing our communities.

Offered once per year, the Regional Impact Grants support general operating needs and/or specific projects for eligible charitable organizations in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties. Grant awards will be published in an online giving catalog, Give NCW, with the goal of leveraging the community’s support to help complete the goal for the total grant request.

Grant Guidelines

Receiving a Regional Impact Grant means you also participate in the Give NCW crowdfunding campaign. The RIG is an opportunity to seek funding directly from the foundation to support a nonprofit project or general operations, while the Give NCW component builds awareness of your organization’s needs and seeks funding from the community to help reach your request goal.

Regional Impact Grant

Applicants for the Regional Impact Grant through our online application process. Each applicant will participate in a site visit with CFNCW staff, board, and volunteers to learn more about your organization and your request. If your organization is chosen to receive an award, you will be awarded a portion of your request. The remainder (or more) will be used for the Give NCW campaign (see Funding Request guidelines). RIG award amounts are based on several evaluation criteria determined by site visit committees and approved by the Board of Trustees.

Give NCW

Give NCW is a crowdfunding effort through an online grant catalog featuring the Regional Impact Grants awarded. CFNCW promotes Give NCW across the region and invites the general public to donate toward completing the remainder of your funding request. CFNCW will provide regular incentives (which may include matches and/or bonuses) to motivate giving. There will be training available in early November for participating nonprofits to learn how best to take advantage of this opportunity.

Funding Request

There is no maximum amount of funding that can be requested; however, Regional Impact Grant awards are not likely to exceed $10,000. CFNCW will award a portion of the grant request, based on several factors, and the remaining amount will be published on Give NCW for the public to help complete. For example, if your grant request is $10,000 and you are awarded $7,000, the remaining $3,000 would be published on Give NCW. You may, however, ask for additional funds through Give NCW. Keep in mind that 2017 grant awards ranged from $6,349 to $41,482. The median RIG amount was $7,500 and the median amount raised through Give NCW was $5,600. However, campaign results were widely varied; the least amount raised through Give NCW was $1,359 and the most raised was $30,113. Factors to consider include your current donor base and resources for outreach.

Notification: Regional Impact Grant awards will be announced in early November. The Give NCW campaign will open on Thanksgiving Day and end on December 31. The total grant award (Regional Impact Grant plus gifts through Give NCW) will be disbursed in January.

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


  • Grants are for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties, with the exception of those that serve the Methow Valley. 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.
  • All eligible grant requests must participate in a site visit by a team comprised of CFNCW staff, board members and/or community volunteers.
    • CFNCW selects site visit team members who do not have conflicts of interest with the applicant.
  • Grant funds must be expended within one year of award date.
  • Grant applicants must be responsible fiscal agents practicing general accepted accounting principles.
    • CFNCW will ascertain this through financial statements provided in the grant application.
  • Grantees who have received a Regional Impact Grant must wait out one grant cycle (one year) before reapplying.
  • Activities Considered for Support:
    • Programs and projects that serve a broad sector of the community (or a particularly vulnerable or at-risk population) and help resolve important existing or emerging community issues
    • Programs and projects that will enable nonprofit and charitable agencies to reduce costs, increase efficiency and move toward self-sufficiency
    • “Seed Grants” to initiate promising new projects and programs so that such projects and programs are able to demonstrate their usefulness to the community
    • Final funding for capital campaigns. Capital campaign must be at least 70% complete before CFNCW will consider for a Regional Impact Grant
    • General operating support


  • Special attention will be given to those grant applications which include collaboration between two or more nonprofit applicant organizations in carrying out the proposed project(s).


  • Multiple Regional Impact Grant applications in any one grant cycle from the same organization will not be accepted (exception is for organizations acting as fiscal sponsor for community projects or programs). Regional Impact Grants and Helping Hands grants are separate programs; an application in one program does not preclude an organization’s ability to apply for the other.
  • No grants will be made specifically for religious purposes but can be made to religious organizations for general community programs (see Grant Guidelines and Policies).
  • Requests supporting the Fire recovery efforts are ineligible for Regional Impact Grant. For information on supporting recovery, email or contact our office.
  • No grants will be made for projects, programs, and/or equipment that were completed or acquired prior to the scheduled grant award date.
  • Activities Generally NOT Considered for Support:
    • Endowment, annual fund drives, budget deficits and debt reduction
    • Multi-year grants
    • Religious based activities
    • Funding for items purchased or activities completed prior to grant decisions
    • Sponsorships for fundraising, for-profit events or recurring events directly related to organizational fundraising
    • Grants for political campaigns or organizations that directly or indirectly participate in them

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