For first-time grant applicants, please review our eligibility requirements, grant guidelines, funding priorities and exclusions before submitting a Proposal, to ensure that your request for funds aligns with our goals, priorities and criteria.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Consideration of grant requests is by invitation only. Therefore, no unsolicited Proposals will be considered.
  • Only applicants that qualify as 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charities under the Internal Revenue Code will be considered.
  • Applicants must be focused on capacity building services within the nonprofit sector.
  • Applicants must be headquartered in the Puget Sound region of Washington State.


The Cedarmere Foundation does not fund:

  • Direct grants, scholarships or loans for the benefit of individuals
  • Religious organizations for sectarian purposes
  • Team sponsorships or individual athletic endeavors
  • Political candidates, organizations or activities
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, gender, age, disability, race, religion, marital status or sexual orientation
  • Private Foundations


In addition, the Cedarmere Foundation generally does not fund:

  • Loans, operating deficits, investments or debt retirement
  • General operating funds or annual fund drives


Photograph above courtesy of Kandelia (formerly the Vietnamese Friendship Association)