Medina Foundation Grants

Medina Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $60,000

Fields of work: Family Services Basic Human Needs Homelessness Services Child Welfare Services Real Estate & Housing Education - K through 12 Literacy Food Delivery & Distribution Services Sexual Assault/Abuse Academic Success & Enrichment Domestic Violence Youth Development & Leadership Education - Preschool / Early Learning Food Access & Hunger After School /Summer Educational Programs Tutoring & Mentoring Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Financial Literacy Human & Social Services Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Counties in Washington: Clallam County, Grays Harbor County, Island County, Jefferson County, King County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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The Medina Foundation is a private family foundation working to improve lives by funding human service organizations that provide direct support to Puget Sound residents.

We support organizations across our 14 county funding region that are addressing a wide range of human services, including homelessness, youth development, education and economic opportunity.   

Since our founding in 1947, we have granted over $93 million in grant dollars resulting in countless services and programs that help make lives better.

Funding Areas

We focus on improving the lives of Puget Sound residents by funding programs that help people achieve self-sufficiency. Our primary areas of funding are family support, housing & homelessness, economic opportunity, youth development, hunger, and education. Our funding prioritizes organizations that provide direct services to people in these areas, particularly individuals and families who are low-income and in communities that have been marginalized or underserved.

  • Family Support—programs for those suffering from the effects of domestic violence or sexual assault, services to support child welfare, programs providing for basic needs, and other human services
  • Housing & Homelessness—housing and related services to support those in need, with the goal of helping people achieve housing stability
  • Youth Development—organizations working with underserved youth, offering mentoring, tutoring, or out-of-school time/enrichment activities
  • Economic Opportunity—opportunities that help people become economically self-sufficient, such as financial literacy, asset building, or skills-building programs
  • Education—birth to 12th-grade educational opportunities, adult literacy and other programs that enhance academic skills
  • Hunger—efforts to alleviate hunger, with an emphasis on distribution and rural communities

What Makes a Strong Proposal

The Medina Foundation considers many qualities of an organization when reviewing proposals.

We look for organizations that are addressing critical community needs, engaging in strategic planning to meet well-mapped programmatic and financial goals, and seeing positive results through their programs. We believe organizations that are driven by strong leadership, through a diverse and engaged board and a dedicated executive director and staff, have a high likelihood of success.

Grant amounts awarded reflect both the needs of the nonprofit and the Foundation's desire to see the presence of other support. Generally, this means no more than 10% of an operating or capital budget. We do consider making exceptions for innovative start-ups. Since grant sizes vary widely, please review the grants list to see the size and types of grants that we have recently awarded. The Foundation’s median grant size is around $25,000.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Foundation makes grants to organizations qualified under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) and classified as public charities (not private foundations) under Section 509(a). 
  • Geographic Funding Region: The Medina Foundation funds in the following fourteen Greater Puget Sound counties of Washington State:
    • Clallam, Grays Harbor,  Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston, Whatcom
  • The Foundation funds general operating expenses, program costs, capital requests and start-up projects. No one type of support is given priority.


  • o grants are made to environmental, arts, healthcare-related or political programs, or to religious institutions for religious purposes.


This page was last reviewed August 04, 2020 and last updated August 02, 2018