Grant Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant from 3 Rivers Community Foundation. Nonprofit organizations play a critical role in supporting a thriving and healthy community. We value the important work that you are doing and recognize that our grants are important for your continued success. 3RCF offers an annual grant cycle which opens at the end of July each year. Additional special grant cycles may be offered from time to time and will be posted here.

Annual Grant Cycle


End of July through late September each year

Limit of one application per organization, however an organization may apply for multiple projects in a single application and indicate which projects they prioritize for support. 

Grant awards range from $500 to a limited number of grants at $10,000 or above. The majority of grants range from $1,000 to $2,500.

3RCF may schedule interviews with all or selected applicants.

Grant awards are distributed in November.

The following items are excluded from funding:

    • Debt retirement/reduction
    • Capital campaigns – including staffing for campaigns as well as bricks and mortar
    • Capital expenditures for real estate or building construction
    • Endowments
    • Matching funds
    • Individuals
    • Sponsorships
    • Feasibility projects
    • Organizations that discriminate with regard to age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin, religious affiliation, or presence of a disability
    • Religious purposes (organizations with religious affiliations will be considered for grants only if their activities address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious belief)

Social Determinants of Health Grant


Deadline: May 15th, 2021 at 5pm

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Social Determinants of Health Grant at 3 Rivers Community Foundation. This funding is made available through the Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health Fund in collaboration with the Benton Franklin Community Health Alliance and 3 Rivers Community Foundation. The deadline for applications is May 15th, 2021 at 5pm. Grant funds must be expended by December 31, 2022 and periodic reporting will be required. Grant awards will be distributed in two installments, the first by July 31, 2021 and the second by December 31, 2021. All exclusions from the Annual Grant Cycle also apply.


The purpose of this funding is to formally recognize, evaluate, and resource investments in social determinants of health. The social determinants of health are linked to the economic and social conditions and their distribution among the population that influence individual and group differences in health status. They are health-promoting factors found in one’s living and working conditions (such as the distribution of income, wealth, influence, and power), rather than individual risk factors (such as behavioral risk factors or genetics) that influence the risk for a disease, or vulnerability to disease or injury. The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age.

For this grant opportunity, the Benton Franklin Community Health Alliance has identified the following Social Determinants of Health. Submitted proposals must address one of these areas of focus:


    • Housing – with an emphasis on supportive housing for those living with an addiction or mental health issues
    • Housing – with an emphasis on housing for homeless middle and high school age youth
    • Food Insecurity/Providing health food options for youth – expanding school-based programs
    • Food Insecurity/Providing health food options for youth – Create convenient centers that provide free or low-cost healthy food where youth gather
    • Food Insecurity/Providing health food options for youth – Adding/encouraging mobile or pop-up markets
    • Endowments
    • Behavioral Health – Additional licensed practitioners to improve access to services
    • Behavioral Health – Suicide prevention measures for teens and adult men between the ages of 30-60
    • Behavioral Health – Support for the regional confidential tip line
      Examples of projects supported in 2019 by a previous round of this funding:

      • Chaplaincy Health Care – $78,000 to support hiring a Clinical Social Worker to provide behavioral health services to the underserved Medicare population
      • Communities in Schools – $102,812 to provide one-time housing assistance vouchers through Safe Harbor Support Center
      • Grace Clinic – $50,000 to hire a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and partner with WSU-TC to increase the number of PNO students trained locally.
      • Tri-Cities Residential Services – $13,000 to establish a PEERS program providing social skills training for residents with autism and other mental health issues
      • Catholic Charities – $69,000 to hire a full-time Peer Support counselor to provide services to residents
      • Community Action Connections – $78,271 for staffing costs to support referred tenants at Sundance Mobile Home Park

Recent Grant Recipients


  • ANSIL – A New Start in Life
  • Blessed by Kess
  • Boys and Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties
  • Chaplaincy Health Care
  • Combat Veterans Motorcycle Assocation 11-6
  • Columbia Industries
  • Communities in Schools of Benton-Franklin
  • Domestic Violence Services of Benton-Franklin Counties
  • East Benton Historical Society
  • Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Elijah Family Homes
  • Family Learning Center
  • FIRST Washington
  • FORGE Youth Mentoring
  • Friends of Badger Mountain
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care
  • KC Help
  • Master Gardener Foundation
  • Mid-Columbia Mastersingers
  • Mirror Ministries
  • Modern Living Services
  • Office Moms & Dads
  • Partners for Early Learning
  • Pasco Police Foundation
  • Perry Technical Institute
  • Safe Harbor Support Center
  • Senior Life Resources
  • Service Peace Warriors
  • Skyline Adventures
  • The Arc of Tri Cities
  • The Richland Players
  • Tri-Cities Mutual Aid/Tri-Cities Immigrant Coalition
  • Washington Potato Foundation
  • Wheelhouse Bike Shop
  • Whole Industries
  • YMCA of Tri-Cities

Covid-19 Response Fund Grants

The COVID-19 Response Fund is now closed.

  • Academy of Children’s Theatre
  • American Legion Benton City
  • ANSIL – A New Start in Life
  • Benton Franklin Legal Aid
  • Blue Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Central Washington University Summer Health Fellowship
  • Chaplaincy Health Care
  • Children’s Developmental Center
  • Columbia Industries
  • Combat Veteran’s Motorcycle Association 11-6
  • Communities in Schools of Benton-Franklin
  • Desert Harbor Youth Center/Family Resource Center
  • Domestic Violence Services of Benton-Franklin Counties
  • Elijah Family Homes
  • Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Junior Achievement
  • KC Help
  • Kennewick Police Department Foundation
  • Lutheran Community Services
  • Mid-Columbia Mastersingers
  • Mirror Ministries
  • Partners for Early Learning
  • Pasco Farmers Market
  • Pasco Police Foundation
  • Prosser Boys and Girls Club
  • Rebuilding Mid-Columbia
  • Remnant House
  • Richland Police Foundation
  • Safe Harbor Support Center
  • Salvation Army
  • Senior Life Resources Northwest
  • Support, Advocacy & Resource Center
  • The Arc of Tri-Cities
  • The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia
  • Tri-Cities Mutual Aid/Tri-Cities Immigrant Coalition
  • Tri-Cities Food Bank

Grant Reporting

Each grant award cycle includes a deadline for feedback and follow up on the impact of the grant. 3RCF strives to be efficient in the grant reporting process so as to not over burden grantees with request for documentation. The organization representative who submitted the application will receive notification when the grant follow up is assigned, the deadline, and a reminder before the follow up is due. Follow ups are listed on the applications dashboard through the 3RCF Grant Portal.

Nonprofit Agency Funds

Nonprofit organizations can establish endowment funds at 3 Rivers Community Foundation. With this type of fund, the nonprofit organization is the designated charitable recipient for distributions from the fund. Establishing an endowment fund is a simple and efficient way to build and secure funds for the future. A Nonprofit Agency Endowment Fund offers the advantage of protecting the nonprofit organization’s endowment funds to meet its future needs, increasing investment yield by pooling assets with 3RCF’s other funds, and reducing administrative costs and burdens on the nonprofit organization’s staff. Although an endowment fund is established by the nonprofit organization, donations by individuals and other organizations to these funds are welcome. If the designated organization ceases to exist, or loses its tax-exempt status, grants from the fund will be redirected to support a nonprofit organization with a similar mission. In recognition of the value of our nonprofit community, 3RCF offers reduced fees and minimum balances for Nonprofit Agency Endowment Funds. Contact us to learn more.

These organizations have established Nonprofit Agency Endowments with 3RCF