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First Financial Northwest Inc. established the First Financial Northwest Foundation, (FFNWF) in 2007. The FFNWF received a charitable contribution in conjunction with the Plan of Conversion, from a mutual to a stock form of organization. This action was taken concurrently with their initial public offering.

The FFNWF Board of Trustees elected to partner with the Renton Regional Community Foundation (RRCF) to facilitate just one portion of their multifaceted granting process. The FFNWF donor advised funds administrated by RRCF are generally awarded to those requests coming from the Greater Renton Community (defined as the geographic area served by the First Savings Bank Northwest at the time the FFNWF was established).

For 2022, Letters of Inquiry are due by 11:59 pm on Friday, August 12 (click the button below to apply). Applicants will be informed if they will be asked to submit a full proposal by mid-September. Those proposals will be due on Friday, October 7th. Granting decisions are made by the end of the year. 

Please go here to create your account in our grantmaking system. If you have questions, please contact us.

Generally, grants awarded are for projects or organizations in the following broad categories (not in any order of importance):
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Community development
  • Other charitable purposes

Due to the limitations placed on the FFNWF, there are some areas we do not or cannot fund, such as: conferences or community forums, endowments, religious organizations (except possibly for non-sectarian activities), annual fundraising events or campaigns, political or lobbying efforts, or debt retirement.

Additional information about our Annual Grant Process through the RRCF may be accessed by searching the FFNWF website.