Archibald Charitable Foundation Grant

Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation

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Next deadline: Nov 19, 2021 5:00pm PST

Later deadlines: Mar 7, 2022, May 30, 2022, Sep 5, 2022

Grant amount: US $3,000 - US $7,000

Fields of work: Youth Services Disability Care & Services Senior Services Aging/Gerontology Children’s Health & Pediatrics Genetic Conditions & Birth Defects Residential Care & Nursing Homes Museums & Cultural Institutions Environment Environmental Conservation Education Performing Arts Food Access & Hunger Youth Involvement in the Arts Arts / Culture Access & Participation Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Capital Project, Biomedical

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

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

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Note: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and decisions are made during the quarterly board meetings. Applications are normally accepted 10 days before a board meeting so that the board of directors have time to review them. If your application is received after this, it will roll over to the next quarter.


The Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation is a private foundation created in 1976 by the Will of Norman S. Archibald to be perpetually operated exclusively for the benefit of qualified non-profit charitable organizations serving the needs of Northwest Washington.


The Foundation is governed by Directors active in the community and having experience in the law, accounting, banking and financial markets. The Directors manage the Foundation’s assets and the cost of operations to achieve superior long term financial results consistent with an acceptable level of risk. The objective is to provide an ongoing source of current grant funding and the maintenance of adequate reserves to cushion the impact on its resources of unforeseen changes in financial markets while maintaining the purchasing power of the Foundation’s assets.

What We Fund

The Archibald Foundation funds non-profit charitable organizations that provide tangible benefits and ongoing support to improve the quality of life for residents of Northwest Washington.

As a means of achieving effective use of the Foundation's funds, a portion of the annual distributions are directed to a Core group of organizations. These Core organizations represent education, museums, hunger relief agencies, the arts and United Way agencies. 

Grants are confined to organizations operating within the Northwest Washington region comprising the area from the Cascades to the Pacific Ocean and from Whatcom and San Juan Counties on the north to Grey's Harbor, Thurston and Pierce Counties on the south or to projects significantly affecting residents of Northwest Washington.

Our Foundation supports the ArtsFund with annual grants for such organizations. Youth (age 17 and under) performing arts organizations are continuing to be considered for grants by our Foundation.

Funding Categories

The Foundation annually funds two categories of qualifying charitable organizations that together provide tangible support for urgent needs to improve the quality of life for residents of the region. The categories funded are: 
  • A limited group of prequalified somewhat larger recurring CORE grants that are funded annually over an extended period of time. The Foundation has identified these organizations to be deserving of ongoing support. Changes to this group of organizations are infrequent. 
  • A larger number of smaller REGULAR grants which in total are affordable to the Foundation while reaching significant numbers of agencies in need with limited available resources. These grants are individually smaller dollar awards (usually less than $10,000) but they fill an important need for meaningful numbers of organizations.


The Foundation contributions support programs providing community services to youth, the elderly and/or disabled, including medical services and research and to organizations supporting education, the environment, museums and the arts.

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


  • Applications for grants will be considered only from organizations which have been ruled to be tax-exempt under Section 50l(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and which are not private foundations as defined in Section 509(a) of the code.
  • Grants will be confined to organizations operating within the Puget Sound and northwest Washington region or to projects significantly affecting its residents. (The “region” includes the following Washington State counties:
    • Whatcom, San Juan, Skagit, Island, Snohomish, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Jefferson and Clallam Counties.
  • Grants are usually awarded for assisting in capital projects, facility needs, equipment and technology improvements.
  • As our funds are limited, the Foundation prefers to assist applicants with limited resources typically those with less than $1,000,000 of liquid or marketable assets. 


  • Adult performing arts organizations located in King and Pierce Counties are no longer funded directly.
    • Adult performing arts organizations located in King and Pierce Counties are now being considered for funding through the ArtsFund.
  • Usually, grants will not be made for:
    • ongoing normal operations/programs;
    • debt retirement or operational deficits;
    • contributions to endowment or scholarship funds; or
    • for conduit organizations, i.e., to tax-exempt organizations for passing funds on to organizations not tax-exempt in their own right.
  • No grants will be made to individuals, private foundations or to governmental or tax-supported institutions.
  • No grants will be made to previous grantees that failed to timely remit their Grant Use Reports.
  •  An organization having received a REGULAR grant becomes ineligible to receive another grant from the Foundation until the second calendar year after receipt of the most recent grant. 


This page was last reviewed October 19, 2021 and last updated October 19, 2021