Seed Grant Guidelines

Seed Grants will provide small grants for new groups that are developing their community organizing work but do not yet meet all of SJF’s criteria and therefore would not be eligible for our regular grants.


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Grant Overview

Seed Grants will go to groups that:

  • Are an organized group of people (we do not fund individuals).
    • Groups that are not 501(c)3 or c(4) organizations and are not fiscally sponsored can apply, but must speak with an SJF staff person first.
  • Are under 3 years old
  • Conduct the primary activities of their work in ID, MT, OR, WA, or WY
  • Have organizational beliefs and goals that are aligned with SJF’s values
  • Can demonstrate that they are actively building towards community organizing, as defined on page 3 of our grant guidelines
  • Have demonstrated involvement by, and accountability to, the communities most impacted by the issues they work on
  • Have a plan for how they want to grow their work over the next year
  • Have never received a regular SJF grant and have not received a Seed Grant within the past 12 months

Priority will be given to groups led by people of color and/or groups that are based outside of Seattle and Portland metro areas. Grant amounts will be up to a $2,000 in general operating funds.  Please specify the amount of you are requesting in your cover sheet. Seed Grants will not count towards an organization's annual funding cap of $30,000 per year from SJF.  

We do not fund:

  • General operating requests from organizations that primarily provide direct services to individuals and families. Direct service organizations can apply for project-specific funds for projects that fit our definition of community organizing. 
  • Environmental work unless it is aimed at achieving social justice goals (i.e. environmental justice). For example, SJF generally does not fund recycling or resource conservation projects, but we do fund community organizing projects addressing environmental threats that disproportionately harm communities of color or low-income communities. 
  • Projects sponsored by a government agency. For example, SJF would not fund a project led by a public school district, but we might fund a project led by communities of color that partners with public schools to address the opportunity gap for students of color. The project must be community driven and led by those most directly affected by the problem. 
  • Individuals, endowment funds or capital campaigns.

30-Minute Q&A Sessions for Grantees:

Is your group interested in applying? Join a Q & A session to learn more about the applications and criteria. Each session will cover the same information with time for questions and answers.

  • Session 1: Monday, April 17th at 10a PST / 11a MST
  • Session 2: Monday, May 8th at 3p PST / 4p MST
  • Session 3: Wednesday, June 14th at 4p PST / 5p MST
  • Session 4: Wednesday, Aug 16th at 10a PST / 11a MST

To join one of the Online / Web Conference Calls for the Rapid Response & Seed Grant Application Q & A Session please RSVP HERE. After you RSVP, you’ll receive an email with the login/call in information.

Application Instructions

Make sure your application includes all of the following:

  1. 2017 Seed Funding Application Cover Sheet
  2. Full responses to Narrative questions
  3. Organizational Diversity Chart
  4. Fiscal sponsor letter if you are fiscally sponsored

You may submit your application online, by email or postal mail.

  • Online: Applications may be submitted through Project Central, Social Justice Fund’s grants portal. Please note you will need to create an account for your organization in order to submit your application.
  • Email: Include all attachments in a single email and address to
  • Postal Mail:

Social Justice Fund NW – GRANT APPLICATION 1904 Third Ave Suite 806 Seattle, WA 98101

You can submit a Seed Grant application at any time. Please note that while the deadline is rolling, grants received by the 5th of each month will be reviewed on the 15th (or the next business day), grants received by the 20th will be reviewed on the last day of the month (or the next business day).  Applicants will be notified shortly after the review dates. 

If you have any questions, please call 206-624-4081 xt.103 to speak to Yasmeen Perez, Program Director. 

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