2018 Panorama | Grant Competition | Grant Competition Guidelines

Grant Competition

Submission deadline is 3 p.m. on September 21, 2018.   

Congratulations to North Cascade Institute for winning this year's Grant Competition and to Pushing Boundaries for winning this year's Audience Choice Award.

An opportunity to earn $2,000 for your nonprofit organization

PSGA invites our fellow grantwriters to submit an original, short grant proposal for up to $2,000 in funding for a program or project of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Washington. Through a random lottery, six proposals will be chosen in late September to be publicly discussed at PSGA Panorama on Oct. 17, 2018, by a Grantmaking LIVE! panel of experienced funders. The panel will award – on the spot – a total of $2,000 in PSGA funds to the selected organization(s).

Plus, 20 applicants will receive feedback from experienced grantwriters

Although only six proposals will be discussed at Panorama, applicants may request written feedback on their proposal. The first 20 proposals with a request for feedback will be reviewed by experienced grantwriters who will provide feedback. You don’t have to be a PSGA member, but we can only assure this benefit for five non-members within this group. Submit your proposal early!

Audience Choice Award: no cash, but still valuable

Six selected proposals will be made available to Panorama registrants, so they can vote (honestly!) for their first choice before the Grantmaking LIVE! panel does. The winner of the “Audience Choice Award” will be announced at Panorama and receive a free year’s membership to PSGA. 

See a list of past winners.

Criteria used by our panelists

The Grantmaking LIVE! panel is asked to look at whether $2,000 will make a significant impact on the proposed project/program, regardless of the organization’s size. The panel also will consider whether the proposal states clear objectives, provides a clear, accurate budget, and includes an evaluation method. PSGA leaves the rest to the panelists, who may have specific biases (as may occur in any grantmaker’s decision-making process). Warning: The public discussion may be brutally honest. Do your best. Good luck!


  1. Craft a simple proposal that explains: your nonprofit organization’s mission, the constituency you serve, how you plan to use the grant (your project/program), how you plan to measure impact, and a simple budget for your project (no need to include your organizational budget).

  2. Use the proposal application form, which provides a cover page and two blank pages for your proposal. Your proposal should have two pages (single-sided), including budget, and must use a reasonably sized typeface and margins. (Proposals longer than two pages will not be considered.) You may submit your proposal in PDF or Word. (A volunteer reviewer may choose to make edits to your proposal in Word.) Do not submit any additional attachments; they will not be provided to the panel. 

  3. To be eligible for the cash award, each finalist organization must have a representative registered and attending the Grantmaking LIVE! Session of PSGA Panorama on Oct. 17 at the Panoramic Center of Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., Seattle.

  4. At PSGA’s discretion, the winning organization may be asked to appear at a 2019 PSGA event to present a 5-minute report on the use of the grant.

  5. Submit your proposal online. Confirmation of receipt will be sent to the email you use for submission.

Download the guidelines