Janson Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Janson Foundation supports education, health and human services in Skagit County, Washington.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, human services

IP TAKE: This funder exclusively awards grants for local capital projects, so pitch an idea for facility or equipment upgrades or repairs.

PROFILE: Established in 1983, the Janson Foundation is the philanthropic foundation of Edward W. Janson. Janson was a longtime public servant in Skagit County, Washington, and committed to the needs of the people of this county during his lifetime. He established the foundation to serve the capital needs of charitable organizations that work here. This foundation is managed by Bank of America’s Washington office. Grantmaking includes education, health and human services.

The founder, Edward Janson, was especially interested in supporting the needs of Christian organizations and missions, as well as programs that benefit youth during this lifetime. However, the foundation supports broader education, health, and human services causes occasionally, as well. The Janson Foundation regularly provides funding to help nonprofits purchase equipment, build facilities or acquire land. It also supports facility repairs and replacements of aging equipment. The foundation also funds the Janson Scholarship Fund at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Foundation grants range between $3,000 and $10,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking prioritizes Skagit County in Washington state. Most foundation grants are for one-year periods, but the funder occasionally provides multi-year support. Nonprofits must wait for one year to apply for a new grant after receiving Janson funding for three consecutive years. However, this funder does not consider requests for program support or general operating support. Past grantees include the Skagit Valley Hospitality House, Skagit Preschool and Resource Center, and Family Promise of Skagit Valley.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is February 28, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision by April 30. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at wa.grantmaking@ustrust.com or 206-358-0912.

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