Once again, RCF is proud to help the First Financial Northwest Foundation Fund facilitate their grant program. This is the Letter of Inquiry portion of the process. Letters of Inquiry will only be accepted between July 1 – August 18, 2017. The FFNWF Fund accepts applications ONLY from nonprofits in the King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties.


Step One: Qualified applicants should send a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) by the requested deadline (please see list of qualifications below).


Step Two: The FFNWF Board 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.


Step Three: The FFNWF board will review full applications to make their grant decisions. Their recommendations will be sent to the Renton Community Foundation Board of Directors in December for final approval. Grants will be awarded at the Renton Community Foundation’s annual CELEBRATE! The Love of Community event on February 15, 2017


Determine if you qualify.

Generally, consideration will be given to projects which do one or more of the following:

o Develop new and innovative approaches to community problems

o Invest in equipment or facilities that will have a long-lasting impact

o Provide a direct service to the community

o Encourage the participation of diverse groups and individuals

o Address an urgent need

o Provide a quality of life benefit to the community

o Have a solid plan for sustainability

o Leverage or generate other funding resources

o Generate measurable and sustainable outcomes

o Address root causes and long-term solutions

o Facilitate the improvement of services or programs


Generally, consideration will not be given to:

o Conferences or community forums

o Endowments

o Religious organizations (except possibly for non-sectarian activities)

o General operating expenses

o Annual fundraising events or campaigns

o Tuition or scholarships

o Direct assistance to an individual

o For-profit organizations

o Political or lobbying efforts

o Debt retirement

o Projects already completed



PLEASE: Follow the instructions below to write your Letter of Inquiry. Limit your letter to no more than three (3) pages, single spaced.



o   The Letter of Inquiry must be typed. Please use Times New Roman – 12-point font.

o   Number all pages.

o   Please do not include any other attachments.

o   Please do not contact us to check on the status of your LOI. All applicants will be notified whether or not we require a full application.



Please review the information below. Include the following information in no more than three pages, single spaced and email to RCF by 5:00 p.m. August 18, 2017.

  • PAGE ONE:  Include a cover sheet printed on your letterhead. Include all contact information, a very brief introduction about your organization, the amount you are requesting, your tax ID number, and the signature of the person authorized to make the request.


  • PAGE TWO: Please describe the reason for your request in no more than two, short paragraphs. This should not be a full-throated explanation of the project. Sell us on what it is and what you hope to accomplish and include the estimated timeline.

PROGRAM AREA: (Please include the program area to which you are applying.)


___Project Support for non-profit agencies


___Community Development.


  • PAGE THREE: Please provide an estimated project budget.

LOIs must be emailed to info@rentonfoundation.org by 5:00 p.m., August 18, 2017. Late LOIs will not be considered. Please let us know if you have questions.


If you would like us to email you this information in a Word.doc, please email info@rentonfoundation.org.


Thank you.


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