Announcing our 2022 Priorities

Washington Women’s Foundation (WaWF) is excited to announce the priorities for our 2022 Collective Grants! As year one of our two-year grantmaking cycle, the funding themes for the 2022 Collective Grants are: 1) Law, Justice, & Incarceration; 2) Housing & Hunger; and 3) Arts & Community Culture. 

In late September and early October, we surveyed WaWF members, grantees, grant applicants, partners, and community leaders for funding priorities within each of our wider themes. WaWF staff then collated the responses of our community survey, pulled out the top four priorities per theme, and presented them to the WaWF membership for a vote.  

The priorities presented to the WaWF membership for a vote were as follows: 

Law, Justice, & Incarceration: 

  • Re-Entry Services for the Formerly Incarcerated 
  • School to Prison Pipeline 
  • The Intersection of Law & Immigration 
  • Voting Rights 

Housing & Hunger 

  • Alternative & Low-Income Housing Solutions 
  • Wraparound Services for People without Housing 
  • Tenant & Eviction Protections 
  • Mental Health & Housing 

Arts & Community Culture 

  • Community Cultural Preservation 
  • Supporting BIPOC Artists & Creators 
  • Youth Arts Education 
  • The Intersection of Arts & Disability 

With gratitude to our community, we introduce our 2022 funding priorities: 

Theme: Law, Justice, & Incarceration 

Priority: School to Prison Pipeline

Focusing on the relationship between our education system and our justice system, and the trend of young adults being funneled into detention, creating a pipeline from school to jail.   

Theme: Housing & Hunger 

Priority: Mental Health & Housing 

Focusing on the intersection of mental health and housing and supporting organizations that address the many ways trauma and mental health can create additional challenges and unique needs in housing.   

Theme: Arts & Community Culture 

Priority: Community Cultural Preservation

Investing in systemically under-resourced communities by supporting the preservation of language, stories, performing arts, sites, crafts, relationships to land, forms of subsistence, and other cultural traditions. 

We look forward to learning about these priorities as a membership in 2022 and focusing our grantmaking on supporting organizations advancing racial and gender equity in these areas.  

Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) for the Collective Grants are now open until they close on Friday, January 14th at 11:45 p.m.

For more information on our Collective Grants, click here. For more information about applying for a Collective Grant, click here or sign up for a nonprofit information session this fall. Please contact with any questions.  

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