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. Please review the appropriate section on the right for details, guidelines, and restrictions for the various grant cycles. 

The following resources maybe helpful sources of data for grantwriters:

Annual Grant Cycle


End of July through Mid-September 

Limit of one application per organization. 

Grant awards range from $500 to a limited number of grants at $10,000 or above. The majority of grants range from $2,000 to $3,000.

3RCF may schedule interviews with all or selected applicants.

Grant awards are distributed in November.

The following items are excluded from funding:

    • Annual fundraising campaigns or events
    • Capital campaigns
    • Capital expenditures for real estate, building construction, and feasibility projects
    • Debt retirement/reduction
    • Endowments
    • Matching funds
    • Organizations that discriminate with regard to age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin, religious affiliation, or presence of a disability
    • Political or lobbying activities
    • Purchases/activities that occurred prior to grant decisions
    • Re-granting funds
    • Religious purposes including sectarian worship, instruction, or proselytizing (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)
    • Schools (public, private, charter), PTO’s
    • Service clubs and service club foundations
    • Sponsorships
    • Sports Teams

Recent Grant Recipients


Human Services – $37,000

  • Grace Kitchen
  • Whole Industries
  • Catholic Charities
  • Elijah Family Homes
  • Mirror Ministries
  • Tri-Cities Immigration Coalition

Youth – $38,500

  • Communities in Schools of Benton-Franklin
  • Office Moms & Dads
  • YMCA of Tri-Cities
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern WA and Northern ID
  • Legal Counsel for Youth and Children
  • Skyline Adventures
  • Mo’s Place

Health/Behavioral Health – $30,000

  • Edith Bishel Center
  • Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care
  • KC Help
  • Chaplaincy Health Care
  • Service Peace Warriors
Housing – $30,000

  • Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties
  • Rebuilding Mid-Columbia
  • Safe Harbor

Services for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – $28,000

  • The IDEA Project
  • The ARC of Tri-Cities
  • Special Olympics Washington
  • Spectrum Studios

Education – $15,457

  • The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia
  • Boys and Girls Club of Benton and Franklin Counties
  • McBones (Mid-Columbia Basin Old Nature Education Sciences)
  • Washington DECA

Arts – $14,000

  • The Richland Players
  • Mid-Columbia Mastersingers
  • Valley Theater Company
  • The Rude Mechanicals

Food Insecurity – $11,100

  • Master Gardeners Foundation of Benton and Franklin Counties
  • Senior Life Resources

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

Gartner Fund - Child Medical Assistance


This unique fund is part of the Family Health and Wellness Foundation Funds (formerly Trios Foundation).

The Gartner Fund grants medical assistance to qualified children based on the following eligibility requirements:

  • Under 12 years of age
  • Has never before received any aid from the Gartner – Child Assistance Fund
  • Has a reasonable possibility of recovery
  • Has a documented illness or injury that is not terminal
  • Has a reasonable possibility of having an improved live due to the medical treatment
  • Has a documented financial need
  • Resides in Benton or Franklin county


The application must be submitted by a medical professional to receive pre-authorization. The funding will be sent to the medical office providing services. Please see the application for details.

If you are a nonprofit organization helping a client apply for a Gartner Grant please use this application: Gartner Child Assistance Fund ORGANIZATION


If you are an individual applying for a Gartner Grant please use this application: Gartner Child Assistance Fund INDIVIDUAL