All Foundation grantees are eligible for Peer Skill Share Micro-Grants. Core grantees only are eligible for an additional support program, which aims to help them build their operating capacity and function efficiently. This support program includes the provision of direct services, consulting support, and other technical assistance.
Typically, core grantees receive an annual grant of $25,000, with the possibility of renewal each year for five years, plus the following annually:
- $2,000 for professional development (memberships, workshop fees, classes)
- Access to Smith Amundsen’s Frontline legal service (free phone consultation on HR & other nonprofit legal concerns)
- $5,000 for event sponsorship (fundraising events, community forums, etc.)
- Technology assessment from our IT experts, and direct support for IT needs from our on-call IT team. Our goal is to stabilize technology infrastructure for grantees; organizational needs and our investment varies, but services offered range from workstation and equipment upgrades to trouble-shooting to website design and development.
- Up to $5,000 of other direct consulting and services as needed (download application below). Services provided by our team of nonprofit support specialists include fundraising consultation, communications, video, operations, HR, and other areas that contribute to organizational stability and sustainability.
- Matching grants for special needs. Occasionally, PFF will make additional contributions in the form of challenge grants or matching grants for one-time or unexpected needs, or to help cover the costs of projects identified as a step critical to increasing agency efficiency. These special, one-time grants are made infrequently, and are not likely to exceed $10,000.
- Attendance at free workshops hosted by PFF. Previous topics include board development, storytelling techniques, reading financial statements, and HR legal issues.
Download: support specialist application and events sponsorship, workshop, or other cost application.
*All proposals are by invitation only. Unsolicited proposals are not accepted or acknowledged. Organizations invited to apply are chosen through recommendations made by the Foundation’s founding family, the Foundation’s professional staff, and its grantee network. If your organization is invited to apply, you will receive a link to our online application from our Program Officer.
CORE GRANTEES: For professional development and support specialist requests, please contact Program Officer Heather D. Parish, who will send you a link to our online application. For event sponsorships, please send your event information to Administrative Manager Laura Jansen. Technology requests should be referred to Chief Technologist David Krumlauf.