Grant Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the legacy Gary E. Milgard Family Foundations. After reading the following application guidelines and requirements, and are certain your organization would align with our priorities, you may click on the link at the bottom of the page to login and access our grant program.

Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

A Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is the first step in the grant application process. Once you set up an account and log into your organization in our grant program, you can access the LOI on the apply page. There is no deadline for submitting an LOI. Our staff reviews the LOI's on a regular basis, but we ask that you allow up to 6 weeks for a response. Your LOI will be directed internally to the appropriate foundation that will review your request. The specific Foundation will send an email notification either declining your request or inviting you to submit a full application.

Grant Requirements

  • All applicant organizations must qualify as tax-exempt organizations under the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Grants to any one organization will generally not be approved more often than once a year and will not constitute a guarantee of future funding.
  • Grant application cover letter must be signed by the Executive Director of the organization.

Priorities for Funding

  • Priority will be given to applicants that primarily serve Pierce County, Washington and to organizations that focus on social services that improve the quality of life and impact a positive change in the community.

Proposals Ineligible for Funding

  • Annual funds, galas, or other special event fundraising activities.
  • Sectarian religious activities, political lobbying, or legislative activities.
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, political affiliation or religious belief.
  • Debt Reduction.

Grant Reporting

Recipients of a Gary E. Milgard Family Foundations grant must submit an electronic grant report to the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundations at six months after receiving funds and at one year of receiving the funds. A final grant report upon completion of the project is also required. For capital campaigns, status updates should be submitted every six months until the campaign is completed. The report must fully describe the use of the funds and must provide an evaluation of success. Failure to comply with this requirement will disqualify the organization for future grants.

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