The Application Process
Follow these steps when applying for a grant. Please do not submit additional material such as photographs, letters of support or other printed materials. The Foundation will only consider applications that are submitted through the online application process.
Step 1: Read the Grant Guidelines
Review the Eligible Categories, the four focus areas of giving, and Ineligible Categories to ensure that your organization is eligible for consideration. If your program falls within any of the Ineligible Categories, your request cannot be considered.
Step 2: Complete the online Eligibility Review
After reading the Grant Guidelines, complete a short Eligibility Review which will help us to better assess your request. If you are eligible, you will be directed to the online Application Form.
Step 3: Submit the Application Form
After you submit the application form, you will be notified within 90 days of the status of your application.
Please do not submit additional material such as photographs, letters of support or other printed materials.
The Foundation will only consider applications that are submitted through the online application process.
Canadian Charitable Organizations
The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation accepts applications from Canadian organizations on an invitational basis. To be invited to apply for a grant, each Canadian organization must first send a letter of inquiry (LOI) to the Foundation.
Please know that if your program falls within any of the Ineligible Categories, your request will not be considered. If your organization and project/program meet with the Foundation’s mission and areas of focus, you may send a letter of inquiry to the Foundation.
If your organization is granted an invitation to submit the online application and accompanying foreign equivalency documents, you will be notified within 90 days of receipt of your letter of inquiry.
Submit LOIs to:
Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation
Attn: Mike Halligan
PO Box 16630
Missoula, MT 59808
Or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Letters should be no more than two pages. Supplemental attachments will not be considered.
Letters should contain:
- Organization name and address
- Project name
- Grant amount requested
- Executive Summary of no more than 200 words
- Description of Applying Organization
- Description of Project
- Summary-level project budget (including a description of what Foundation funds would be used for specifically, if approved)
When making a grant decision, we examine each organization’s financial stability, staffing and facility capacity, and relevant partnerships. Additionally, we assess the capability of an organization to sustain a program into the future and their ability to show measurable impact on the population they serve. Finally, funding is guided toward organizations that support low income, rural, and underserved populations through one of our four main focus areas: Education, Health and Human Services, Arts and Culture, and Community Service.
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation funds direct service non-profit organizations that help improve the quality of people’s lives by providing them with the tools they need to succeed.
Organizations must meet certain criteria to be considered for a Washington Foundation grant.
The Eligibility Review is the first step in the application process. By completing the form, we are better able to assess your organization’s request.
When grant funds have been expended, or no later than one year after receipt of the grant, please file the Grant Report which can be found by logging into your account.