Apply For a Grant

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for any Social Justice Fund grant program, an organization must:

  • Be an organized group of people (we do not fund individuals).
    • o If your organization is a nonprofit with 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 status as determined by the IRS, or be a federally recognized American Indian tribal government or agency OR is fiscally sponsored by 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 organizations or by federally recognized tribal governments, you can apply.
    • o If your organization is not incorporated or fiscally sponsored, you can probably still apply, but you must speak with SJF program staff first.
  • Be led by people who are most directly affected by the problems that the organization or project is addressing.
  • Use a community organizing approach, as defined in our Grant Guidelines.
  • Carry out most of its work in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and/or Wyoming.
  • Satisfy evaluation requirements for all previous Social Justice Fund grants.

If you have not received a Social Justice Fund grant before, please fill out this brief pre-application questionnaire before you begin your application.

Begin your application at our Grant Portal.

How to Apply for a Grant: 

  1. Read the Social Justice Fund Grant Guidelines. This provides information about our grantmaking process, criterias, and timelines, and includes some new policies and changes.
  2. Optional: Read the SJF Granting Criteria (used by our volunteer grantmakers to help guide their screening process). Read through those materials carefully and then if you have any questions about these grant cycles, please do not hesitate to contact us.
  3. Log in to our Online Grant Portal. (If you have never used it before, you will need to register your organization first. Note: You can only register one email per organization.)  
  4. Select the appropriate grant cycle and begin your application. You can apply for multiple grants per year, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria for each grant. 
  5. If you have applied through this online portal before, you will be able to log into your previous application and make changes to it for a new grant cycle, or you can click "copy/rollover an application" to revise a previous draft.
  6. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications may be submitted online (preferred) or by email,  postal mail, or hand delivery.
  7. Please note - we have an annual funding cap of $30,000 per organization per year.  For multi-year projects, organizations that have reached the cap for one year but not the other are still welcome to apply.  
  8. If you have trouble with the online portal, contact
  9. If you have any questions about the grant application process, contact or (206) 624-4081.

2016 Grants & Application Deadlines

All grants are for general operating funds. 

  • Rural Justice (Deadline March 22nd, 11:59pm PST) -- Two-year grant. This grant will focus on supporting community organizing that is building power in rural communities in ID, MT, OR, WA, and WY. We define rural broadly to include small cities, small towns, and reservations. This grant is open to any organization that matches our basic criteria and is carrying out most of their work in areas outside of Seattle & Portland proper. Please contact us if you have questions regarding your eligibility. Project Manager: Magan Do
  • Criminal Justice (Deadline April 21st, 11:59pm PST) Two-year grant. This grant will support organizing work addressing the systemic criminalization and disproportionate targeting of people of color and poor people. Criminal Justice issues include, but are not limited to, ending racial profiling and police brutality, addressing racial inequities in drug laws, ending the school-to-prison-pipeline, detention and deportation of immigrant communities, transformative justice and alternatives to incarceration, etc. Project Manager: Karen Toering
  • Gender Justice (Deadline September 20th, 11:59pm PST)  -- Two-year grant. This grant will focus on community organizing at the intersection of gender, race, and sexuality, which works for a world where all people -- especially women, girls, and gender-variant people -- are able to identify and express their gender and sexual orientation without fear, discrimination or harm, and have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions for themselves, their families and their communities in all areas of their lives. Project Manager: Rebecca Allen
  • EPIC Zero Detention Project (Deadline October 3rd, 11:59 pm PST) -- One year grant. These grants are available to community-based and community-led organizations and collectives that are working towards zero youth detention.  Grants will be made and administered by Social Justice Fund NW and members of the EPIC Zero Detention Project group (who are individuals from communities most impacted by the youth detention and the Prison Industrial Complex).
    The EPIC Zero Detention Project will allocate a total of $500,000 in grants to communities most impacted by youth incarceration and the Prison Industrial Complex.  The EPIC Zero Detention Project is the result of the community-led No New Youth Jail Campaign and years of anti-racist organizing to end youth imprisonment, which resulted in a Seattle City Council Resolution endorsing a vision for The City of Seattle to become a city with zero use of detention for youth, and establishing a path forward to develop policies that eliminate the need for youth detention.Project Manager: Karen Toering

Special Funding Projects

  • Displaced Tenants Fund for Housing Justice & Affordability (Deadline July 20th, 11:59pm PST) -- Social Justice Fund is proud to announce the release of a new, unique grant cycle created by a donor advised fund known as the Displaced Tenants Fund for Housing Justice & Affordability. The purpose of this fund is to disburse $450,000 to support community organizing, education and outreach, and non-profit housing development that preserves and advances truly affordable housing in Seattle, builds a stronger housing justice movement, and protects and increases the rights of those most impacted by housing injustice.  The project guidelines, and application process for this fund differs from our standard projects; please see here for details.   

Other Funding Opportunities

A list of other funders who have funded our grantees in the past (last updated Summer 2011): other funding opportunities.