Community Building Grants

Community Building Grants Program

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation addresses community needs by supporting nonprofit organizations throughout Grays Harbor County. The Foundation recognizes that the needs of our community are many. We support organizations in arts and culture, education, health and human services. Grant applications from all nonprofit organizations that meet our priorities and that are serving local residents are welcomed and encouraged.

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation offers a flexible granting cycle to address our community’s needs and immediate goals. We give high priority to investments that create positive, substantive change and attempt to resolve problems at their source.

Community Building Grant Details

The Community Building Grants program awards funds twice annually to nonprofits with the deadlines of February 1st and October 1st. The typical range of $5,000 to $30,000. However, any requests outside of that range can be discussed with our office prior to submittal.

Two Community Building Grant cycles occur twice annually, with an application deadline of February 1 and October 1.  GHCF looks for proposals that show:

  • the strength of the applicant organization
  • address a community need
  • fit well within the GHCF’s giving priorities
  • show the ability to leverage other funding
  • have a positive impact on persons and/or the community
  • demonstrate the capacity to provide the necessary services using good administrative and financial management


The Foundations Community Building Grants program is not a source of ongoing annual funding for your organization. Applicants may receive one Community Building Grant award per 12-month period and preference is given to those organizations who have not received Foundation grants in recent years.

Activities Typically Not Eligible

  • One-time activities; with the exception of school field trips
  • Endowment contributions
  • Re-granting programs
  • Deficit Funding

Organizations are only allowed to apply for funds for the same project once per calendar year. If applying for s Small Grant in addition to a Community Building Grant during a different cycle, funds must be used for a different project.