Areas of interest

  • Community-based projects working to restore habitat and wildlife by activating volunteers and local residents.
  • Collaborative and coalition-building projects involving a number of organizations working together to share strengths and maximize effectiveness.
  • Cultural and natural history institutions using a community-based approach to explore the history and traditions of the greater Puget Sound area.
  • Projects from Native American communities on issues related to cultural preservation and protection of natural resources.
  • The foundation is particularly interested in supporting the work of marginalized communities and institutions who may have difficulty accessing funding from mainstream sources.

Who can apply

  • All applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations located in the states of Washington and Alaska meeting the interest areas described on the home page.
  • Only previous Ferguson Foundation grantees are eligible to apply for funding. (See Application Procedures) Trustees may occasionally invite proposals from Oregon and Montana.
  • The foundation does not make grants to projects focused on research or academic studies, nor for media/film production.
  • The foundation does not support overhead costs, such as a percentage of a grant paid to universities or sponsoring organizations.

Average grant size

$5,000 to $10,000

Application Procedures

If your organization has previously received a grant from the Ferguson Foundation, you are eligible to apply for funding. Please review Foundation Policies to confirm that your organization or project remains within the foundation’s interest areas.


Spring Cycle applications due February 15.
Notifications sent late April.

Fall Cycle applications due September 15.
Notifications sent late November.

Online Application

Do not send applications via regular mail or email. Complete the online application form below if your organization or project meets interest areas. After your application is reviewed by the foundation, you may be asked to provide additional narrative or organizational financial information. If you have questions about the application process, contact the Foundation.

Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.