The First Financial Northwest Foundation Fund (FFNWF Fund) was created when First Savings Bank of Renton went public with its first stock offering. The board chose to partner with the Renton Regional Community Foundation to facilitate its grant program by creating two different grant funds.  The First Financial Northwest Foundation Fund generally covers requests from King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.


Generally, grants awarded are for projects or organizations that do one or more of the following (not in any order of importance):

  • Develop new and innovative approaches to community problems
  • Invest in equipment or facilities that have a long-lasting impact
  • Provide a direct service to the community
  • Encourage the participation of diverse groups and individuals
  • Address and urgent need
  • Provide a quality of life benefit to the community
  • 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, the Fund does not provide grants 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 individuals
  • For-profit organizations
  • Political or lobbying efforts
  • Debt retirement
  • Projects already completed


Each year, the FFNWF Fund holds a single grant cycle. During the first phase, organizations submit a letter of inquiry. The donor advisors meet to narrow down the list, and the remaining organizations are asked to submit a full application.


The 2018 LOI deadline has passed, as you will see from our schedule below. The next application process will open in the sumer of 2019.


August 17th 5 p.m. – LOI deadline


September 14th – Agencies notified if they are being asked for a full grant proposal.


October 5th 5 p.m. – Grant applications due.


December 20th – Final grant decisions announced.


Grants will be distributed at the end of the year.



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