The grant process is never an easy one. We receive more requests than we are able to provide finances towards. So how do we decide who gets a grant?
First, an organization must meet our basic criteria of being a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, in good legal standing with the IRS and serving primarily Skagit County. Then we consider the likelihood of success given an organization's leadership and resources. We consider the program itself and weigh whether its worthy of funding this one over another one. Lastly, we look at the donor constraints we work within and try to match donor's intent with the requests. If we don't know an organization well, we will make a site visit to learn more about them. In the end, the Board of Directors reads every application and discusses them together over the course of two meetings. The grant decisions reflect much hard work by the volunteers who serve on our board.
We hope this gives you a general idea of the process and we look forward to partnering with your organization.