Three Rivers Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: This community funder supports Benton and Franklin Counties in Washington in the areas of health, human services, education, and the arts. Unsolicited applications are accepted once per year.

FUNDING AREAS: Health, human services, education, the arts

IP TAKE: 3RCF wants to get to know its grant applicants and meet with grantseekers in person. A wide range of issue areas are funded.

PROFILE: The Three Rivers Community Foundation (3RCF) is located in Richland, Washington, and assists the Greater Tri Cities community with grants. The Tri-Cities are Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick, in southeastern Washington. 3RCF was established in 1999 by individuals in the community to support Benton and Franklin Counties. The first 3RCF grants were awarded in 2002.

The foundation has an unrestricted endowment that allows for annual grants, awarded in the fourth quarter of each year. Funding interests are health, human services, education, and the arts. In a recent year, 3RCF awarded over $265,000 in grants, scholarships, and designated contributions. In one recent distribution, 3RCF awarded 40 grants totaling $154,445. Over $2 million has been given back to the community overall.

There are at least 39 designated funds held at 3RCF, bringing the foundation’s assets to more than $2.7 million. The funder requires a minimum $25,000 donation to establish a named fund; 97.5 percent of all funds are used for charitable purposes (not administrative or investment fees).

Grant support has gone to a range of local nonprofits, including Grace Clinic, Communities in Schools of Benton-Franklin, Benton City Library, Domestic Violence Services, and the Lourdes Health Network. Other grantees include Women Helping Women, the White Bluffs Quilt Museum, and the American Legion Post #34. More past recipients can be viewed here.

To apply for a grant, your organization must be registered in the state of Washington and serve Benton or Franklin Counties or the Burbank area. The foundation does not support capital campaigns, building construction, feasibility projects, endowments, or political or religious activities. The grant application deadline has typically fallen on September 15, with grants starting at $500 and most between $1,000 and $2,500; only a few reach the $10,000 to $20,000 level. 

All applicants must conduct a 10-minute in-person interview. During this interview, grantseekers must provide a brief summary of their project and how it will serve the community. 3RCF also awards scholarships to local students.

General questions can be directed to the executive director, Carrie Green, at carrie@3rcf.org or (509) 735-5559. The only other staff member here is an associate director, Rozanne Tucker. The address is 1333 Columbia Park Trail, #310, Richland, Washington 99352. Review foundation press releases here.

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