Paul G. Allen Family Foundation: Northwest Grants

OVERVIEW: This funder’s Northwest giving goes out to education, arts and culture, and libraries. Unsolicited applications are not accepted, but interested local groups can get in touch via online form.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts and culture, libraries

IP TAKE: This foundation prioritizes the Pacific Northwest, but the global portfolio is growing, so get in on the action now. Most local grants are related to public education and arts to stimulate communities.

PROFILE: The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation was founded by Paul Allen and his sister, Jody Allen, in 1988. Since then, the foundation has invested around a half-billion dollars in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. While global funding focuses on science and technology, this profile highlights the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s giving in the states of the Northwest.

Since 1990, the foundation has given about 75 percent of its grants to the Pacific Northwest: Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska. However, the funder’s global portfolio is growing, and may play a larger role in the coming years. It has awarded over $494 million since 1990.

Local education grants support academics, real-world learning, and community engagement. Public school educators and nonprofits in the Northwest are priorities. Areas of interest include charter schools, teacher training and environmental education. The foundation looks for arts and culture grantees that can boost the local economy and support programming in rural communities. Leadership in the arts is a key initiative.

The foundation’s library support is designed to honor Paul and Jody’s parents, and the Faye G. Allen Library Program supports reading programs in Oregon and Washington. Encouraging children to read and experimenting with new models of library services are priority areas. Read about grantees and grant amounts on the Grantee List page.

This foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, but you can fill out an online contact form to introduce the foundation to your organization and services. The foundation says it is revisiting its grantmaking strategy and will outline new goals. Keep up with Allen on its news section.


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