Funding | Grantmaking Overview
Every community deserves the power and freedom to make decisions for themselves
Our grantmaking supports leaders and organizations rooted in racially diverse communities throughout Washington working to build power and advance racial justice and equity.
An Ecosystem of Change
Funding is a crucial part of the ecosystem of social change. Through core grantmaking and targeted support, in addition to convenings and political advocacy, we seek to create the best possible conditions for communities to build and sustain their own power. Together, we will tip the balance of power in communities’ favor.
Community leaders with Iksiks Washana’lama (Little Swans Dancers) at our Pasco office opening party. Photo: Ignacio Marquez
Communities know best
Every day, organizations led by and for Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; people who are LGBTQIA+; immigrants; people with disabilities; people living on low incomes; and people who experience ableism, gender inequity, and ageism work to create a more equitable and racially just Washington.
People from these communities know better than anyone what they want and need to build power and play a direct role in deciding the policies and systems that affect their lives.
Organizations of, by, and for their people
We seek to build relationships and fund community organizations of, by, and for their people that see racial justice as the key to achieving equity of all kinds. Too often, these groups have been overlooked, underfunded, or deemed “risky” by traditional philanthropy. We believe the real risk is failing to act on opportunity where it exists. Our funding prioritizes organizations that are:
Within the leaders and organizations rooted in their communities
- Rooted in and reflective of community
- Pursuing racial justice and equity as inseparable goals
- Building community power
Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s annual New Year celebration. Photo: Uly Curry
Building a Better Washington For All
We make grants to leaders and organizations that are unapologetically defending their communities, working to dismantle the power structures that exclude them, and rebuild better ones in their place.
Events and convenings are important opportunities for people to connect, celebrate, plan, and learn together. We support community organizations working for racial justice and equity as they host celebrations, leadership retreats, strategic planning sessions, and other events.
Hosting an event?
These three-year, core-support grants are for newer, smaller community-based organizations serving people and working in places that are often overlooked and underfunded by traditional philanthropy.
Learn about the types of organizations we support.
These three-year, core-support grants are for larger-scale organizations building community power through advocacy, political action, organizing, narrative change, and other community-centered work.
Learn about the types of organizations we support.
Campaigns, Litigation, Issues, & Policy
The CLIP Fund (Campaigns, Litigation, Issues, and Policy Fund) provides targeted support to political, policy, and advocacy work that changes conditions affecting communities, and that lays the groundwork for longer-term change.
Are you a current grantee working on a ballot initiative or similar campaign? Tell us more.
This fund specifically support the racial justice and equity work of tribes and sovereign nations across Washington state.
Are you a tribal nation looking to get in touch?
TRANSFORMATIVE CAPACITY BUILDING
The Transformative Capacity Building Fund provides additional resources to current Inatai grant recipients for specific uses related to strengthening organizational capacity.
If you’re a current grantee and would like to learn more about this fund, please get in touch.
These grants explore specific power-building efforts that grantees and community leaders have told us will advance their long-term capabilities and goals. Past areas of funding support include immigration justice, generational community wealth, and legal aid and civil rights enforcement.
If you’re a current grantee and would like to learn more, please contact us.
Inatai’s primary focus is Washington, but elections, policies, and litigation outside our state have an impact on communities within our state. These grants support multicultural and culturally specific legal advocacy, political organizing, voter engagement, and voter protection work happening beyond Washington.
Please email us with any questions.
Response & Recovery
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and before its magnitude was known, Inatai set up this fund and deployed grants in response. Since then, the portfolio has shifted to respond to the realities of the last few years and will soon sunset.
Our final grants from this fund will support ongoing advocacy, organizing, and policy work.
Our people are everywhere
Inatai funds community-based organizations, fiscally sponsored projects, and tribal entities leading transformative work to improve equity and advance racial justice.
how we make grants
Connecting with our team
This can happen in several ways. It can start with a meeting with our community engagement team, or an organization we currently support recommending a partner to us.
Getting to know each other
We connect with organizations a few times to understand their work, the people they serve, and how their leadership reflects those communities. We also share our grantmaking priorities.
Extending an invitation to apply
Based on what we learn and current funding opportunities available, we invite eligible organizations to apply for a grant.
Working to build a better Washington together
We continue to connect with grantee organizations through regional and issue-specific events and offering information on other funding opportunities.
Get To Know Grantees
‘Nothing about us without us’: Shaping the Future event connects powerful communities in North Central Washington
Inatai Foundation hosts Shaping the Future event in Wenatchee to connect community leaders in North Central Washington.
‘Our communities make magic happen’: Power to the Voter Summit celebrates wins and fosters connections
More than 25 organizations across Washington joined Inatai Foundation’s Power to the Voter Summit in Vancouver, Washington. The event, which took place from May 31 to June 2, created an opportunity for shared learning, specifically around voter engagement and other political strategies to build community power in support of racial justice and equity.
Connection making and community building are integral to the work of racial justice and equity. GHF sponsors in-person and virtual gatherings that benefit organizations and the communities they serve. We are honored to have supported this May Day celebration hosted by Firelands Workers United/Trabajadores Unidos, who are based in Aberdeen.