SEAPAX is now accepting grant applications.
SEAPAX Grants Guidelines
The Seattle Area Peace Corps Association (SEAPAX) offers small grants to community-based projects both in the state of Washington and countries around the world. We make donations to projects in two ways: in response to requests made to our Grants Committee in accordance with the procedures outlined below and through unsolicited donations recommended by the SEAPAX Board of Directors.
While funding will be equally considered for both domestic- and international-based projects, timelines for application review and subsequent decisions made by the SEAPAX Board may garner favor to those applications whose projects are based in Washington State. However, the following applicants will be considered, in no particular order:
- Applicants whose project is in a country where Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) serve and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) have served, either currently or in the past
- Applicants who are RPCVs currently working for an organization in Washington State
- Applicants who have an otherwise close connection with SEAPAX
- An RPCV who has been a current SEAPAX member for at least six months prior to submitting the request
- A current PCV who is from or will be returning to Washington State
Up to $500 USD per project may be allocated, taking into consideration the nature of the request and SEAPAX budget status. The Grants Committee may recommend to the SEAPAX Board to approve grants larger than $500 on a case-by-case basis. The following factors will be considered in the assessment of each funding request:
- Community need and involvement
- Anticipated impact
Other considerations for approval
- Community contribution must be at last 25% of the total budget.
- Preference is given to projects not previously funded by SEAPAX.
- Preference is given to projects that have secured co-funding from other sources (e.g., Peace Corps Small Project Assistance grant, local funders, donations from individuals and/or businesses, etc).
- Urgent needs related to emergency relief are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- Due to SEAPAX’s mission to fund community-based projects, individual student scholarships will not be considered.
- Grant applications will be considered to balance local and international projects to reach a diversity of interests.
- SEAPAX Bylaws state Board and committee member may submit grant applications with no conflict of interest or personal monetary gain.
The SEAPAX Grants Committee will aim to review applications as submitted bimonthly while grant funding is available, and select those recommended for funding at the bimonthly board meetings (Jan, March, May, July, Sept, Nov). Funding recommendations will then be sent to the SEAPAX Board, which will make final grant decisions upon approval by a simple majority vote. The Board will authorize the Treasurer to release funds to the selected projects. The Grants Committee Chair will notify all applicants of the outcome of their request. If certain applications are not selected during one round of reviews, they will be retained for the next round if the applicant’s timeline allows for it.
- The applicant must be a SEAPAX member to request a grant. Visit home.seapax.org/join for membership information.
- The sponsoring SEAPAX member should submit a completed Grant Application Form via e-mail to grants.
- The SEAPAX Grants Committee will review applications and will acknowledge all submitted applications by sending an email confirmation within thirty days.
For Current PCVs
- Applicant may email the Grants Committee to submit an application.
- The Grants Committee also welcomes applications from current PCVs but timelines for these projects may not align with the application review sessions.