Henry M. Jackson Foundation


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The foundation seeks to fund programs that promote dialogue between the academic and policy worlds, between the public and private sectors, and between citizens and their government.

Funding Interests

The foundation seeks to support innovative land use and metropolitan growth management programs that have a national or multi-state impact and foster the development of sound public policy in this field. The foundation aims to support efforts that promote a balance between environmental protection and economic development, facilitate effective and informed leadership and strategies to limit sprawl, and illuminate the intersection of land use with related quality of life issues. Specifically, the foundation strives to inform policymakers at the local, state and national levels through case studies, research reports and guidebooks; convene stakeholders to develop long-term strategies that integrate the preservation of open space, economic development, energy needs, transportation options, community revitalization and species protection; and increase awareness of and access to information about growth. The foundation also supports, to a limited extent, land use projects that address the impacts of growth on the future of the Pacific Northwest.

Geographic Focus

Land use projects are restricted to Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Other grants are available to projects nationwide.

Types of Support


Grant Size

$10000 to $70000

Requirements & Limitations

The foundation makes grants only to non-profit, tax-exempt organizations certified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and to public entities qualifying under Section 170(c). Grants are not made for unrestricted operating expenses, to cover operating deficits or for capital expenditures, except in exceptional circumstances. Funds are not provided directly to individuals, for political campaigns or efforts to influence legislation other than by making available the results of non-partisan analysis and research.

Application Process

Any organization seeking support for a project within one of the priority areas is encouraged to send a brief letter of inquiry before submitting a full proposal. The foundation will only be accepting proposals that have been discussed in advance with the foundation?s Program Officer and/or Executive Director. Letters of inquiry and proposals are not accepted by email. Proposals should include a cover letter, detailed proposal and copy of the organization?s IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter.


Proposals are reviewed on a quarterly basis according to this calendar: September 1, December 1, March 1, and June 1.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: American Farmland Trust, Washington, D.C.
Amount: $140000
Purpose: A grant of $70,000 was given in support of a national initiative to investigate the economic factors and regulatory policies fueling land use conflicts and to help foster consensus building approaches: $50,000 for a scientific survey of landowner opinions of property rights issues and $20,000 as a challenge grant for a case study on land use conflicts in the Pacific Northwest.<br><br>

Grant 2

Grantee: Collins Center for Public Policy<br>
Amount: $10000

Funding was given to support the work of the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities program. This coordinating body will bring together funders in an attempt to address issues related to sprawl and urban disinvestment.

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