The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound (ECF) is an employee-owned charitable giving program. Since 1951 ECF has been powering healthy communities and making a positive difference in the Puget Sound region where our employees live and work. ECF makes grants to local Health & Human Service nonprofits, such as food banks, job-training programs, children's services, shelters, transitional housing, mental health services, local United Ways and so much more.
ECF is managed by a Board of Trustees consisting of eight Boeing employees who serve a two-year term. They are elected by the employees who contribute to the fund.
The trustees accept the online applications at anytime and review them in the date-order received. There are no deadlines. However, due to the backlog of grant applications, the time between submittal of an application and when a funding decision is made is approximately six months.
The Employees Community Fund should not be confused with The Boeing Company. They are two separate funding sources with different guidelines. You are in the Employees Community Fund application website, not the Boeing Corporate Charitable grants site. For information about corporate funding strategies, please visit: http://www.boeing.com/boeing/companyoffices/aboutus/community/nw_region/washington.page.
You are encouraged to phone the Grant Administrator at 206-544-9246 prior to applying for an ECF grant in order to discuss your request.
WHAT ECF FUNDS:
The Employee Community Fund considers funding to health and human service agencies in two areas:
1) Capital Grants:
- Equipment (office, kitchen industrial, furniture, etc.)
- Vehicles used to support clients and/or transport food & goods
- Purchase or construction of new buildings
- Remodels and/or renovations (must own or hold at least a 10-year lease)
- Phone systems
- Computers and IT Upgrades
2) Seed Money Grants:
Seed money grants support the first 12 months of a new program that promotes innovation in the delivery of services. It is not intended to support expansion of already existing programs. When reviewing applications for seed money, ECF considers funding for salaries and other operating expenses in support of the program being initiated. If an agency submits its application after the program has been started, ECF will consider funding for the remainder of the first year. Seed money grants do not include support of new, start-up agencies.
The Board of Trustees looks for the "direct client benefit" of each request. Although requests for capital to support purely administrative functions are acknowledged to be important for the efficient functioning of the agency, they are considered to have small direct client benefit and are not viewed favorably in the grant evaluation process.
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WHERE ECF FUNDS:
The trustees make grants to local 501(c)(3) nonprofit Health and Human service agencies in 10 Puget Sound counties where Boeing employees live and work. The 10 counties are: King, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, Kitsap, Skagit, Whatcom, Lewis, Island and Kittitas.
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HOW MUCH ECF FUNDS:
The typical ECF grant ranges from $10,000 to $40,000. The request amount should be aligned with the budget for your agency. ECF looks for diversity of funding and community support for overall agency operations.
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WHAT ECF DOES NOT FUND:
- Arts, Cultural and Environmental agencies
- Public and Private schools
- Tax-supported institutions (police and fire departments, city parks, etc.)
- New agencies that have been in business less than three years
- Recreational activities (Little Leagues, etc.)
- Medical research
- Hospital capital drives
- Vehicles for agency staff
- Warranties and equipment maintenance
- Reimbursement for items already purchased
- Paying off debt
- Fundraising and agency advertising
- National fund drives
- Specialized software for administrative use
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REMINDER! Did you call the ECF Grant Administrator at 206-544-9246 to discuss your grant request? Make sure you do so prior to logging into Cybergrants. Thank you!