Sherwood Trust
Founded by Donald & Virginia Sherwood

Grant Applications


Sherwood Trust oversees three grant programs. Each process has its own timeline, application, and guidelines, as noted below. 

In 2019, the final deadline for all grant types is Friday, March 1 at 3:00 p.m.

Late applications will not be considered.

  1. Core Grants – Requests over $20,000. Awarded in June.

  2. Impact Grants – Requests between $5,000-$20,000. Total project budget must be under $75,0000. Awarded in May.

  3. Operating Awards – By invitation only to the organizations that Donald and Virginia Sherwood supported during their lifetime. Application instructions have been sent to eligible organizations. Awarded in March.

Please carefully review our grant guidelines for information on eligibility and all the instructions below prior to starting an application.

Click here to download the 2019 CORE & IMPACT GRANT GUIDELINES.


**In 2019, all grants to Sherwood Trust must be submitted online.**

Steps to Apply

  1. Read through the 2019 Core & Impact 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

  • For Core Grants - this application process starts with a short section called a Letter of Interest (LOI) that asks questions to briefly describe your organization and proposal. Be sure to complete the LOI as soon as possible and no later than Friday, February 22 at 11:00 pm. Your LOI must be approved before you will have access to see and begin the rest of the application. The system will not let you edit your LOI answers after they have been submitted.

  • For Impact Grants - the entire application is available as soon as you log in.

  • Before you start a profile: watch the registration tutorial.

  • 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.

If you have determined that your organization is ELIGIBLE to apply this year and you are READY to begin, please start here:

Applicants are always welcome to schedule a meeting with Sherwood Trust staff to discuss grant ideas prior to submission. We will be scheduling afternoon appointments between January 15-February 12, 2019. You may check our availability and sign up for a meeting via this online calendar.

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