Fred and Gretel Biel Charitable Trust

OVERVIEW: The Fred and Gretel Biel Charitable Trust supports education, health and human services in the Puget Sound region of Washington.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, human services

IP TAKE: This is a good basic needs funder to know in the Puget Sound area because there are two funding opportunities each year.

PROFILE: Established in 2004, the Fred and Gretel Biel Charitable Trust is a private foundation focused on the state of Washington. This trust aims to support programs for underserved populations and is managed by Bank of America’s Washington office. Grantmaking includes education, health, and human services.

This funder often prioritizes groups that provide clothing and food to low-income families and individuals. It commonly provides basic needs support at the local level. Biel also funds groups that provide housing, day care services and legal assistance to people who are economically disadvantaged.

Foundation grants are often approximately $2,500 each. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Past local support has gone to the Washington Early Learning Fund, NW Furniture Bank, Hunger Intervention Program, and Mary’s Place. Grantmaking focuses on King and Snohomish Counties in the Puget Sound region of Washington state. Organizations receiving support are commonly based in Seattle, Tacoma, Edmonds, Spokane, Shoreline and Monroe in Washington. However, Biel occasionally provides funding outside of the Puget Sound region, as well. The funder makes grants for one-year periods and does not make multi-year grants. It does not support debt retirement or operating deficit corrections.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadlines are April 1 and September 1, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision by mail. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at or 206-358-0912.


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