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Guidelines and Applications

Non-profits seeking financial assistance for their COVID-19 community response or protection of critical services during the crisis can apply here for the Resilience and Response Fund Grant.

Our Guidelines

The guidelines for our granting are provided to you as answers to Frequently Asked Questions. In addition, the Strategic Framework will provide you with additional information. If you have specific questions, please e-mail us at grants@yakimavalleycf.org. Please see the online application for the 2021 Strategic Grants for Yakima County, 2021 Strategic Grants for Kittitas County, or the 2021 Youth Leadership Council.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

Organizations serving Yakima county (or Kittitas County in specific grant rounds).  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. 

How many grants can I apply for?

Typically, we ask organizations to submit one grant request per year. This does not apply to grantees who have received funds from our COVID-19 relief grants from the Resilience and Response Fund. You may choose between strategic (Yakima or Kittitas) or Youth Leadership Council grant. Recipients of multi-year strategic grants are generally not eligible for an application in the annual grant round. Applicants can request a waiver of this policy thirty days prior to the annual 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 Annual 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.


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 adulthood, 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 of support resulting in increased educational attainment and decreased opportunity gaps 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.


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 typically does not fund the following:

  • Capital expenditures for real estate or construction
  • Endowments
  • Debt retirement/reduction
  • Political or lobbying activities
  • Sectarian worship, instruction, or proselytizing
  • 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 Resilience and Response Fund does not have an ask limit. Please contact Program Staff at grants@yakimavalleycf.org for more information. Please also see the Yakima Strategic Grant page, the Kittitas Strategic Grant page, or the Youth Leadership Council page for more information on ask limits for each opportunity.

May I request funding for operations?

Yes. Overhead, also known as general operating support or administration, may be provided as part of the overall funding. While in a grantee’s early stages, YVCF may fund a substantial portion of overhead, it is the goal to have grantees become sustainable. YVCF shall regularly evaluate ongoing grantee operating support and limit support to no more than 50% of the grantee’s budget after a three-year period. If YVCF is the fiscal agent for an entity, this guideline may not apply.

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.

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.

When will we know if we are funded?

Funding decisions are generally made within 60 days of the application deadline. Resilience and Response Fund grant decisions are generally made within 30 days.

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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