Sherwood Trust
Founded by Donald & Virginia Sherwood

Grant Applications



Thank you for your interest in applying for a Sherwood Trust grant. We are a place-based foundation focused on providing capacity-building support to nonprofits located in the Walla Walla Valley, from Dayton, Washington to Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

In 2020, Sherwood Trust will be offering different kinds of grants on a different timeline than our typical process. Each grant process has its own timeline, application, and guidelines, as noted below. 

  • 2020 Matching Grants – This new and one-time initiative will provide the opportunity for up to 20 organizations to receive up to $20,000 in general operating support. Organizations selected to participate will receive their award based on a 1:4 match towards any dollars raised from existing or new donors during the time frame of the grant season. The goals of this program are to highlight the importance of providing unrestricted donations and to help organizations strengthen their individual donor base. This program is being offered in lieu of Sherwood Trust’s traditional “Core Grants” program. Details on the grant deadline, eligibility, and guidelines will be announced in early 2020.

  • Impact Grants – This will be the third year that Sherwood Trust will offer this small grant opportunity for capacity building grants between $5,000-$15,000. Details on the grant deadline, eligibility, and guidelines will be announced in early 2020.

  • Operating Awards – By invitation only to the organizations that Donald and Virginia Sherwood supported during their lifetime. The application will be streamlined in 2020 and sent to eligible organizations in January. The new due date is Friday, February 28.


Nonprofit staff and board members are invited to participate in one of Sherwood Trust’s upcoming conversations about the 2020 grant cycle. It will be an interactive session with more information provided about anticipated changes and the opportunity to provide feedback that will help shape the final grant guidelines for the new Matching Grants.

Please CLICK HERE to register for the morning conversation, from 8:30-10:00 am on Wednesday, November 13th.

Please CLICK HERE to register for the evening conversation, from 5:30-7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 13th.

  • The same information will be presented at each session; they are offered at two times to accommodate more schedules.

  • We ask each organization to limit their participation to 1-2 people so we can accommodate all interested organizations.

  • Both sessions will be held at the Walla Walla Airport Terminal Conference Room.

  • Beverages and snacks will be provided.


Once the 2020 grant guidelines are finalized, the grant applications will be available via our online system, Foundant.

**All grants to Sherwood Trust must be submitted online.**

Steps to Apply

  1. Read through the Grant Guidelines to determine your organization’s eligibility.

  2. The person who will complete an application needs to create a profile in Foundant, our online system.

  3. Once you have successfully created a profile, you will be taken to an Apply page that shows the grants that are available to you.

  4. Before you submit a grant, you may schedule a meeting to discuss questions about your eligibility or your application.

  5. Complete and submit your application on time - early applications welcome!

Tips for Applying and Using Foundant

  • If your organization has previously received a grant from Sherwood Trust, please email to be connected with your existing profile in our system.

  • If you have not received a grant from Sherwood Trust before, please watch the registration tutorial before you start your profile.

  • This Applicant Guide allows you to read and along and follow instructions while you complete a profile or application, or you can watch this application tutorial.

  • Here are additional tips for How to Use Foundant.

  • Review our Frequently Asked Questions.


Thank you for your interest and your commitment to building the capacity of nonprofit organizations and the communities of the Walla Walla Valley!