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Frequently Asked Questions

Our Guidelines

The guidelines for our granting are provided to you as answers to Frequently Asked Questions. We encourage you to review them carefully.  In addition, the Strategic Framework will provide you with additional information. If you have specific questions please e-mail us at grants@yakimavalleycf.org. An online application form is used for Small Grants (under $10,000) and Responsive Grants (maximum $25,000). Please also complete an online registration for inclusion in the Foundations non-profit catalogue.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

Organizations serving Yakima county, or the Yakama Nation. The applicant must be a public charity with tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) of the IRS, a federally recognized Tribe, or a unit of local government. The applicant must also be registered and in good standing with the Washington Secretary of State as a nonprofit corporation, nonprofit professional services corporation or a non-Washington nonprofit corporation registered in Washington. Preference is given to nonprofits in existence and operational for a period of two years or more. Previous or current grantees who have submitted their grant reports (Comprehensive, EZ, or Interim) on time. 

How many grants can I apply for?

Typically, we ask organizations to submit one grant request per year. You may choose between a strategic, responsive or small. Recipients of multi-year strategic grants are generally not eligible for an application in the responsive or small grant rounds. Applicants can request a waiver of this policy thirty days prior to the responsive or small grant cycle open and exceptions may be made if extraordinary circumstances warrant. Please contact grants@yakimavalleycf.org for more information.

I applied and received an award last year, can I apply again?

Yes, you may apply. An interim grant report is required when you submit a new grant request and your organization would still be required to submit a final report as outlined in the grant agreement. 

What do you fund with Responsive and Small Grants?

Basic Needs

Our goal is to assist in providing those fundamental requirements that serve as a foundation for survival, including shelter, food and clothing and related efforts of support on the path to self- sufficiency.

Education

Educational attainment is one of the most powerful factors in determining whether someone reaches their potential The Yakima Valley Community Foundation is committed to providing residents of all ages preschool through adult access to high quality education; one which fosters a passion for learning, encourages curiosity and results in critical thinking. Our investment goal is to provide a continuum support resulting in increased educational attainment, and close the opportunity gap for students.

Health and Wellness

Health and wellness is a cornerstone of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation. Providing health care to the disadvantaged and activities that promote improved health in our community are part of our legacy and a priority in the Foundation’s community investment strategies. The Foundation recognizes that health conditions, and social determinants that affect them, are derived from many factors which can be positively impacted through grants.

Our goals are to address physical, nutritional, mental and emotional health challenges in a comprehensive and holistic manner with an emphasis on the underserved; to bring together diverse interests to develop and implement innovative and targeted approaches to improving health and wellness.

Cohesive Communities

A cohesive community is one where: there is a common vision and a sense of belonging for all communities; the diversity of people’s different backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and positively valued. Neighbors connect with neighbors and contribute to a culture of civic engagement. Our goal is to support efforts that build community cohesion including a strong and vibrant non-profit sector and economic development.

Arts, Music and Culture

Grants in Arts, Music and Culture create a thriving community where groups and individuals express themselves and capture the imagination. Priority will be given for those applications that demonstrate a strategic relationship with one or more of the Foundation’s other program areas.

Environment

Grants in the Environment may be related to safeguarding and improving the environment of Yakima County including air and water quality issues.

What is excluded from funding?

The Yakima Valley Community Foundation generally does not fund the following:

  • Purchases or activities prior to grant decisions
  • Capital expenditures for real estate or building construction of any kind
  • Debt retirement/reduction
  • Political or lobbying activities
  • Endowments
  • Individuals or individual scholarships
  • Sectarian worship, instruction or proselytizing
  • Feasibility Projects
  • Production of books, brochures, films or videos
  • Stand alone fundraising activities, solicitations, and/or annual campaign appeals
  • Disease-specific organizations, medical or scientific research
  • Other grant-making organizations
  • Individual school classroom support
  • Any organization that that cannot affirm that it will not discriminate, withhold, exclude or deny services on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientations, political affiliation, religious beliefs or the lack thereof.

How much money can I request?

The maximum grant request for the Responsive Cycle is $25,000 Grants seeking assistance below $10,000 should use the Small Grants Process. The maximum request for Sponsorships is $2500. The Strategic Grants is based on focus area rather than dollars and typically spans a three-year period.  

May I request funding for operations?

Yes. An applicant may request funds for operational support. Operational support cannot exceed 25% of the operating budget of the applicant.

How does the grant process work and when will we know if we are funded?

Responsive Grants

Initial screenings for complete applications will be done immediately after the application deadline. You will be notified if you do not meet the qualifications or if more information is needed. Be prepared to be available for a site visit if one is requested.  Not all successful grant applicants receive a site visit. The purpose of a site visit is for staff and members of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation Grants Committee to get to know your organization and assist in making final award determinations. Notification of awards and declinations are sent via mail and email 90 days after the application close date. 

Small Grants

Initial screenings for complete applications will be done immediately after the application deadline. You will be notified if you do not meet the qualifications or if more information is needed. A site visit is atypical.  Notification of awards and declinations are sent via mail and email 90 days after the application close date.

Sponsorship Grants
After submitting a request the due diligence process and staff review process takes up to 30 days.  

What is operational support and what does it include?

Operational support includes the general expenses of operating your organization. Some examples of what we would fund in this category are: office space rent, utilities, copier paper and personnel. We recognize there is a cost of doing business and operational support meets that reality.

We’d like to hire someone. Is this operational support or program support?

It depends on what you’re trying to accomplish.  How will the position be sustained beyond the ask?  

What is program support and what does that include?

Program support is given to support a specific, connected set of activities, with a beginning and an end, explicit objectives and a predetermined cost. These are generally restricted grants and used for the proposed project. If awarded, communicate with us if you need to make adjustments to your original proposal.

Can I contact someone for feedback before or after the grant process?

Yes, you can email us to schedule a time or sign up for updates on our website to receive notifications of open question and answer sessions.  If your grant is declined email grants@yakimavalleycf.org for a feedback session.  


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