All organizations must be 501(c)3 registered. The Foundation has a nationwide focus, although the majority of grants are currently within the Pacific Northwest. It will consider international organizations with US registered charitable status.
The Foundation will consider funding: programs; operational support; endowment; capital or capacity building.
The Bloomfield Family Foundation prioritizes organizations with a demonstrated fit with its objectives. Preference is given to organizations for whom a grant of its average size will make a significant contribution. The Foundation seeks organizations that have a well-developed approach to impact assessment; scalable/model programs; collaborative or community-based programs; and interactive (as opposed to passive) engagement with beneficiaries.
Our Grantmaking Process
The Foundation operates an annual grantmaking cycle. Letters of interest should be submitted by the deadline of July 15 to US Bank. Applicants will be informed in mid-August whether they are invited to submit a full application. The deadline for applications is September 15. Grants are made by early December.
All new organizations applying to the Foundation will receive either an in-person or a virtual site visit by a Board member.
Grants are typically for one year; there is no restriction on reapplying for subsequent years. Occasionally an organization which has been funded for several years will be invited to submit an application for a multi-year fund, but this is by invitation only.
During the year of the grant, a contact meeting will be held with the Board representative. A feedback report, using a template provided by the Foundation, must be submitted by July 15 to US Bank, unless a later date is agreed upon with the Foundation.
Letter of Interest Guidance
Your letter of interest should include the following:
- A short executive summary – your organization’s name, the amount requested, and a description of the project. You should identify your project's alignment with one or more of the Foundation's mission areas.
- Organizational description – a brief history of your organization and an overview of your programs.
- Statement of need – identify the need that can be met by your project, with relevant facts and examples, and how you plan to solve the need.
- Other major funding sources being sought or already on board.
- A budget for your project, if relevant, or your organization’s most recent audited accounts.