The Harvest Foundation was created in 2000 as a private, family foundation to provide funding primarily in the areas of Social Services and Education. The Harvest Foundation awards grants to 501(c)(3) organizations located in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana.
The Foundation awards annual grants in the amount of $10,000 each. Multi-year grants are not considered. Grants will not be made to the same organization for more than three consecutive years.
Grants must not constitute more than 20% of the supported program’s annual budget. The Foundation will consider applications for general operating grants only for organizations whose mission and operations are closely aligned with the Harvest Foundation’s funding areas.
The Foundation seeks to support the work of community social service agencies. It is specifically interested in organizations that provide services in two areas:
- Promoting economic self-sufficiency through education and training of youth or families with children.
- Serving the elderly by providing services to help senior citizens live independently.
education are made in two areas:
- Teacher training in technology and curriculum development.
The Foundation desires to help teachers make effective use of new technologies, particularly computers, in their schools. Grants will be awarded to educational organizations to fund technology training for teachers and technology curriculum development. Applications from organizations serving low-income or underserved children will be favored. Grants for capital expenses are ineligible.
- Supporting arts programs.
The Foundation’s goals for grants in arts education are to assist arts organizations and instructors to provide hands-on classes in the schools. The desired outcome of these classes must include an alignment with state education requirements. Applications from organizations serving low-income or underserved children will be favored. Funding of both capital items and operating program costs will be considered.
Unsolicited applications are not accepted. A single-page letter of inquiry including a brief description of the funding need and the total amount of the program’s annual budget must be submitted no less than two weeks before the application deadline. The Foundation will then send a grant application if it is determined that the request is within its grant guidelines.
Note that the application deadlines have changed for the spring 2013 cycle. Letters of inquiry and applications will be due earlier than in past years.
Decisions regarding funding will be made on April 30 and November 30. Completed applications must be postmarked by March 15 to be considered for funding on April 30, and must be postmarked by October 15 to be considered for funding on November 30. Letters of inquiry must be postmarked no later than March 1 in the spring, and October 1 in the fall. Grants for education will only be awarded during the spring cycle. Organizations may re-apply for grants annually, limited to three consecutive years of funding.