Community Grantmaking Initiative

The Safe Crossings Foundation 2017 Community Grantmaking Initiative is now closed. We will announce our 2018 cycle in summer.

If your organization plans to submit a letter of inquiry this year, please read the grantmaking process carefully.

By researching and funding leading-edge grief recovery programs in the Puget Sound region, Safe Crossings Foundation (SCF) provides resources to help youth safely navigate loss, rediscover their joy, and emerge as emotionally healthy and resilient members of their families and communities.

This is our vision. Your proposed program should advance that vision. We ideally seek programs that innovate, demonstrate a knowledge of the field, and address unmet need. We especially look for programs that inspire hope in youth who have lost a loved one.

Selected grantee organizations will be expected to report quarterly progress toward goals, including outcome data. In addition, stories and photos will be required.


The process begins with a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) that you will email to us. Your letter should be a 1-2 page summary of your proposed project that includes the following:

  • Goal(s)
  • Audience served
  • Expected outcomes
  • How you will measure success
  • Total budget
  • How the project relates to your organization’s mission


Exact dates will be announced when the 2018 cycle opens. In general you can expect the following schedule:

August Letters of Inquiry due (5pm Pacific Time)
September Full proposals invited
October Proposals due*
December SCF’s Board of Directors receives recommendations
December Grantees will be notified
December Checks issued

*All letters and grant proposals will be reviewed by the Safe Crossings Foundation Executive Committee.


  • Organizations with an IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
  • In operation for at least 2 years
  • Providing children’s grief counseling, support or education
  • Located in the Greater Puget Sound region (Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, King, Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Kitsap, Jefferson, and Island Counties)

Priority beneficiaries: Projects should directly benefit children and/or teens from lower income families & underserved populations. We encourage programs serving non-English speaking populations to apply.

Other limitations:

  • No grants to individuals or religious institutions
  • Grants cannot be used for fundraising (i.e. capital campaigns, event sponsorships, emergency funding, repaying loans, etc.) or political-related purposes.


Thank you for your interest in Safe Crossings Foundation Community Grantmaking Initiative! We look forward to reviewing your proposals.