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The Names Family Foundation honors the passion of Scott and Evelyn “Sis” Names, who believed that every person deserves to live a healthy life with access to sports, athletics and access to opportunities to be physically fit. 

We support nonprofit organizations that are transforming lives through sports and healthy lifestyle initiatives.  We invest primarily in the Pierce County region, and in areas that have a direct link to the Names Family.

Together we can impact lives in our community today, tomorrow and for generations to come.

How to apply for a grant

The Names Family Foundation Board of Directors uses a Letter of Inquiry process. This basic information is requested through our online grant software and is used by the Board to determine interest in a full proposal.

Our LOI opportunity is now open through September 9, 2022. The Names Family Foundation reviews LOI submissions in March, May and August; after review, you will be notified as to whether you are invited to submit a full application. 
 

To submit a Letter of Inquiry:  If you do not have an account set up, the first step in the process is to establish an organizational account through our online grantmaking platform. From there you will be prompted to submit a Letter of Inquiry which will include information about the project, timeline and type of request you are making. 

Step By Step:

1.    Click the “grant software login” button below and you’ll be transferred to the grant interface. Either create a profile if your organization is applying for the first time or log-in to your account.

2.    Once logged in, start and submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). This LOI can be saved and submitted at any time before the August closure. Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a timeline and next steps.

3.   If invited to move forward, you will be notified by email to submit a full grant proposal for review by the board of directors.

4.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Linsey Sauer via e-mail, lsauer@namesfoundation.org.

Thank you for making a difference for the people in our community.

faq

Q: When are grants awarded?
A: If invited to apply for funding, your application will be reviewed by the board and recommended for funding in April, June and September. 

Q: Are there any requirements after receiving a grant?
A: Yes. Recipients must complete and sign an agreement and submit a report to the Foundation at the completion of the project; for some recipients, additional reporting may be required.

Q: What details should the grant report include?
A: Reports are completed through our grantmaking software and include questions around the expenditure of funds and any successes or challenges.

Q: What if our Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is declined?
A: While we wish we could fund every project, we are constrained by limited dollars and many requests. If your LOI is declined, you will be notified by email. You can contact the Grants & Program Manager at lsauer@namesfoundation.org for more information or 253-566-7000, Ext 11.

Q: What type of organization is The Names Family Foundation?
A: We are a 501 (c) (3) private foundation.

Q: How do I upload reports or change my contact information?

A: Use the Grant Software Login button in the section above.