Organizations must meet certain criteria to be considered for a Foundation grant.
NOTE: The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation RARELY funds capital and equipment campaigns.
- Be a charitable, nonprofit entity, not a private foundation, with tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, and where appropriate, under Section 170 (c).
- Have the appropriate IRS documentation at the time an application is submitted.
- Be applying for support for programs that can be categorized in one of the following four areas of giving: Education, Health and Human Services, Arts and Culture, Community Service.
- Show a particular emphasis of providing direct services to economically and socially disadvantaged individuals and families, at-risk youth, and individuals with special needs.
- Be able to demonstrate that a majority, if not all, of Foundation funds will be used for direct services.
- Have low administrative costs. Indirect or overhead costs not directly related to implementation of a grant are not allowed.
- Show evidence of substantial financial support from their community, constituency groups, or other funding sources prior to applying.
- Be geographically located within the state of Montana and select communities in states where The Washington Companies operate and are located.
The Foundation only accepts one grant application per nonprofit organization per year, unless prior authorization has been received from the Executive Director of the Foundation. Additionally, the Foundation will generally only have one grant to a given organization open at one time. Multiple grant requests to a single organization with overlapping grant periods are rarely funded by the Foundation. This includes grants to an organization and its programs, as well as any fiscally sponsored projects.
Applications will NOT be considered for the following organizations or purposes:
- To discriminate against any person because of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, age, gender, disability, veteran or current or future military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.
- To fund loans, debt retirement or operational deficits.
- To individuals, unless under an approved educational scholarship program.
- To sectarian or religious organizations for religious purposes where the principal activity is for the benefit of their own members or adherents.
- To fraternal organizations or civic organizations.
- For travel expenses or trips.
- For the purpose of producing films including, but not limited to, development of the initial idea or story, commission, shooting, editing, production, and screening.
- To fund graduation, senior, or end of year school events or parties.
- To fund club, student capstone, or senior projects.
- To fund youth sports programs.
- To fund overhead or indirect costs not directly related to the implementation of a grant.
- To private and public foundations or for an endowment fund.
- To most capital and equipment campaigns.
- For curriculum development or operational costs of public educational institutions or other tax-supported groups.
- For sponsorships of one-time events such as an annual gala or fundraising event.
- For advertising or marketing costs.
- For political action or legislative advocacy groups or influencing elections.
- To organizations acting on behalf of, but without the authority of, qualified tax-exempt organizations.