How to Apply

The Cedarmere Foundation will not consider any unsolicited requests for funding. Please do not submit any documents to us unless you have already received an invitation to do so.

In recognition of the fact that the pandemic has made this anything but a normal year and that the communities nonprofits serve have urgent needs that must be addressed as fast as possible, we are eliminating the LOI and Questionnaire requirements in 2020 and we have shortened the time frame for receiving a grant to three months from the receipt of invitations to the awarding of grants.

Please review the Grant Proposal Procedures document before beginning the application process.

Cedarmere Foundation Grant Proposal Procedures

Proposal Forms

By June 15th, all grant applicants will be invited to submit proposals. This year's Proposal Form has been significantly shortened so that completing it does not distract from the important work your organization is doing to cope with the increased demands and challenges COVID-19 has created.  In recognition of the tremendous economic hardships most nonprofit organizations are experiencing because of the pandemic, we are also giving grant applicants the option to apply for either capacity building funds, general operating support, or some of each.

All invited organizations will be asked to download the Proposal Form for New Grant Applicants or Proposal Form for Returning Community Partners from our website, fill it out, and return it to us as an email attachment, along with a limited amount of requested supporting documentation. We must receive completed Proposals no later than July 31, 2020 in order for them to be considered for a grant in 2020. Please do not submit a Proposal unless your organization has been invited to do so.  Organizations invited to submit a Proposal may be contacted for additional information and/or to schedule a site visit or Zoom meeting before we make our final grant decisions. All applicants will be notified about our funding decisions no later than late September 2020.

Because of the extreme hardships created by COVID-19, we have released all 2019 grant recipients from the restrictions that originally accompanied their 2019 capacity building grants.  Those who choose to do so may instead apply all or part of their 2019 grants wherever it is most needed.  However, for organizations that have chosen to implement the capacity building activities our 2019 grants were intended to support, we will still look forward to receiving a final report by January 31, 2021 on your experience in implementing those capacity building activities.

Cedarmere Foundation Grant Proposal Form for New Grant Applicants

Cedarmere Foundation Grant Proposal Form for Returning Community Partners

Application Timeline:

June 15 -  Requests for Proposals sent to selected organizations
July 31  -  Deadline for receipt of completed grant proposals and supporting documents
Sept. 30 - All organizations notified of grants to be funded (no later than)

If you have any questions about the grant application process, please contact Danielle Baer, Cedarmere Foundation Grants Manager, at or leave a message at (206) 260-9069.

Photograph above courtesy of Rainier Valley Corps