THE application process

1. Determine if you qualify. Review the list of qualifications below. If you meet the requirements, please send a letter of inquiry (LOI) by the specified deadline.


2. Board Review of letters of inquiry. The FFNWF Board act as our donor advisors and will review LOIs and decide which organizations will be asked to submit a full application. Those organizations will be notified when the full application must be received. The invitation to submit a full grant application does not guarantee approval.


3. Board Review of Applications. The FFNWF board reviews full applications to make final grant decisions. Recommendations are sent to the Renton Regional Community Foundation Board of Directors in December for final approval. Grants are awarded at the Renton Regional Community Foundation’s annual CELEBRATE! The Love of Community event in February.




Please follow the instructions below as you write your letter of inquiry and submit it through our ‘grants/scholarship’ application software. All letters of inquiry must be received by the current year's application deadline. LOIs received after this time will not be considered. Please note that we no longer accept LOIs or full applications by email or mail. You must use our online application software.


Please do not contact us to check on the status of your LOI. All applicants will be notified in due course, whether or not we require a full application to proceed. For questions or to request the following information in .docx format, please contact us.


All letters of inquiry must:


  • be typed in Times New Roman 12-point font;
  • be no longer than three pages, single-spaced;
  • have all pages numbered sequentially; and
  • be free of any attachments.


All letters of inquiry must include the following information:


Page 1 : should be a cover sheet printed on your letterhead and should include:


  • Your contact information;
  • A brief introduction to your organization;
  • The amount you are requesting;
  • Your tax ID number; and
  • The signature of the person authorized to make the request.


Page 2 : should describe the reason for your request in no more than two short paragraphs. This should not be a detailed explanation of the project. Sell us on what it is and what you hope to accomplish. Be sure to include the estimated timeline and the area to which you are applying. Program areas include:


  • Education
  • Project Support for non-profit agencies
  • Healthcare
  • Community Development.


Page 3 : should provide an estimated project budget.



Generally, consideration is given to projects that do one or more of the following:


  • Develop new and innovative approaches to community problems
  • Invest in equipment or facilities that will have a long-lasting impact
  • Provide a direct service to the community
  • Encourage the participation of diverse groups and individuals
  • Address an urgent need
  • Provide a quality of life benefit to the community
  • Have a solid plan for sustainability
  • Leverage or generate other funding resources
  • Generate measurable and sustainable outcomes
  • Address root causes and long-term solutions
  • Facilitate the improvement of services or programs


Generally, consideration will not be given to:


  • Conferences or community forums
  • Endowments
  • Religious organizations (except possibly for non-sectarian activities)
  • General operating expenses
  • Annual fundraising events or campaigns
  • Tuition or scholarships
  • Direct assistance to an individual
  • For-profit organizations
  • Political or lobbying efforts
  • Debt retirement
  • Projects already completed


Quick Info


TaxID  23-7069988

P.O. Box 820

Renton, WA 98057


(425) 282-5199




TaxID  23-7069988