Community Building Foundation

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The Community Building Foundation empowers local organizations to help our community experience justice, vibrancy, and sustainability.


“Community Building” is both a noun and a verb that reflects our approach to cultivating, strengthening, and inspiring a sense of community for all people in the Spokane region.



  • First, we hold the Community Building, located at 35 W. Main, and offer it as a space to gather, get to know one another, and work together.

  • Second, we  issue small grants to organizations and innovative projects that impact our region.

  • Third, our director assists with increasing the capacity of partner organizations. 

  • We are dedicated to creative approaches to impacting Spokane and are open to new ideas on how we can partner with your organization. For example, the Community Building Foundation acts as a fiscal sponsor to Warrior Hearts to Art.


Thank you for your interest in the Community Building Foundation.  As of September 8, 2015 the foundation granted its entire allotment of funds for 2015 and cannot accept grant requests for 2015.  We will resume accepting grant applications in January 2016.  Katy Sheehan, our executive director, will be on maternity leave beginning Sept. 14, 2015, returning to work in the beginning of January 2016 on a part-time basis and will be returning messages and requests for information at that time. 

From 2012-2015, the Foundation’s Board of Directors made grants in amounts ranging from $50-$2000.These grants were used to sponsor and encourage community events, activities, and programs that support our mission. We are honored to partner with the many organizations below that make Spokane a just, vibrant, and sustainable community.


2015 Community Partners:

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The Community Building Foundation is a fiscal sponsor of Warriors Heart to Art

Berta Kuhnel Women’s Leadership Retreat
Center for Justice Dirty Martinis for Clean Water
Center for Justice/Fulcrum Institute: Dave’s Bread Luncheon
Center for Justice: Dirty Martinis for Clean Water
Center for Justice: Jazzed for Justice
Center for Justice: Women’s Leadership Retreat
Futurewise: Feast with Friends
Gonzaga University: Diversity Monologues
HOPE School: General Sponsorship
Hearth Homes: Two Lakes Two States Half-Marathon Support
Humanities Washington: Program Support in Spokane
Inland NW Permaculture Guild: 2015 Event
KYRS Radio: Earth Matters/Down to Earth Programming Support
Lands Council/INWLT: Inlander Give Guide Ads
Lands Council: River Cleanup 2015
NAACP: Vera Institute/Smart Justice McCarthy Grant Luncheon
New Stories: Dancing with Guerrilla Leadership Workshop
Partners through Art: Boys and Girls Club of Hilliard Partnership
Peace and Justice Action League: Benefit Auction
Peace and justice Action League: Peace and Economic Justice Conference
Refugee Connections: International Chefs Event
SNAP: Dad’s Day Bash and Fall Fundraiser                                                                                                                                               Sister Cities Association of Spokane: Garden Party
Spokane Interfaith Council: Video Projector
Spokane Tribal College: Fundraising Dinner and Art Auction
Tenants Union: NAHT Conference
West Central Episcopal Mission: Dinner/Breakfast Table Program                                                                                                              Women Helping Women Fund: Benefit Lunch
YWCA: Stand Against Racism Lunch

2014 Community Partners:

Center For Justice: Women’s relicensing program
Center for Justice: Emergency assistance for client with special needs
Center for Justice: Jazzed for Justice
Chief Garry Neighborhood: Kidical Mass Bike Event
Community Minded Enterprises: CMTV14 general support
Community Minded Enterprises: Up on the Roof
EWU Foundation: Activist in Residence
East Central Community Center: Ben Burr Camp
Futurewise: Feast with Friends
Gonzaga University: Diversity Monologues
HOPE School: General Support
Humanities WA: Bedtime Stories
Inland NW Black and Brown Summit
Joseph Comine: Travel Expenses to Film Festival
KYRS Thin Air Radio: Summer Music Festival
LINC Foods (Sustainable INW Fiscal Agent)
Mobius Science Center: BEST Science Education for at-risk youth
Mockingbird Society: Spokane Chapter Support
ONES: Sweet Feet 5K run
Odyssey Youth Center: Masquerade
Open Gate: Don’t Shoot
Peace and Justice Action League: Economic Action Conference
Peace and Justice Action League: Spring Soiree                                                                                                                   Project Hope
Riverkeeper: Dirty Martinis for Clean Water
Safety Net
Spokane Neighborhood Action Pr.
Spokane River Forum
Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure
Sustainable Inland NW
Terrain (Community Minded Enterprises Fiscal Agent)
Warrior Songs Project (Hektoen Institute of Medicine fiscal agent)
Wellpinit High School: Leadership development trip for students
Win/Win Network: Smart Justice Symposium
YWCA: Women of Achievement Luncheon

2013 Community Partners:

Boys & Girls Club: Be Great Program equipment purchase

 Center For Justice: Women’s relicensing program
 Center for Justice: Film screening: “American Winter”
 Center for Justice: Jazzed for Justice                                                                                                                                      Center for Justice: Riverkeeper’s Dirty Martinis                                                                                                              Community-Minded Enterprises: Unity in the Community
EWU Foundation: Activist-in-Residence program
Friends of the Falls: Spokane River Clean-up
Gonzaga University: Diversity Monologues event
HOPE School: Hoedown for HOPE
Humanities Washington: Bedtime Stories
Inland NW Lighthouse for the Blind: Facilities Expansion opening
New Economic Summit: Film screening: “Shift Change”
Odyssey Youth Center: Masquerade Ball
Peace & Justice Action League: Youth Activist Leaders program
Pedals2People: South Perry Street Fair event
Project Hope: Summer Youth Program scholarships
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund: Film screening: “Inequality for All”
Spokane Alliance: General Support
Spokane Conservation District: Small Farms Conference
Warrior Songs: Retreat for veterans
Washington Community Action Network: Youth scholarships to legislative session
YWCA of Spokane: Women of Achievement Luncheon

2012 Community Partners:

Boys & Girls Club: “Be Great: Graduate”
Center for Justice: Dirty Martinis for Clean Water
Chief Garry neighborhood Council Summer Parkways
Community Minded Enterprises: Sustainable Uprising
Friends of the Falls River Clean Up
Gonzaga University: Diversity Monologues
HOPE School: Hoedown for HOPE Sponsorship
KYRS Thin Air Radio Equipment purchase
Lands Council: Earth Day
Peace and Justice Action League Pledge Match fundsPeace and Justice Action League: Spring Soiree
Perry Street Fair Sponsorship/Pedals2People Fiscal Agent
Project Hope
Quillisascut Farm: Watershed Summit
Rite Care Parent Education Training and Materials
Smart Justice Symposium
Spokane Aids Network
Spokane Riverkeeper Breakfast
Terrain (Fiscal Agent Community Minded Enterprises)
Tree of Sharing
WA Progress Fund: Cambio Leadership Training for 6 non-profit leaders in Spokane
WA Tilth Conference

To submit a grant proposal, please first contact our Executive Director, Katy Sheehan, at for more information. She will likely ask you to go out to coffee or arrange a phone meeting to discuss your project and learn about your organization. We like to get to know the folks that we partner with so we can understand your mission and how you work in Spokane’s Community. We give grants of up to $2000 per project, per organization.

Once we talk about your work we ask for a one page description of your project that describes:

1. Your organization and confirming your non-profit status,
2. Describe the proposed project and any partners that are part of the work,
3. Describe how much money you are asking for and how you intend to use a grant,
4. How the proposed project fits within our mission to empower local organizations to help our community experience justice, vibrancy, and sustainability,
5. Please include any links or other attachments that describe the project including websites, fliers, project reports, information sheets, and/or anything else that you think would help our board understand the project better and help us make a decision about your proposal.

After Katy receives your proposal she will review it to make sure it is complete and follow up with you if she has any questions or needs additional information. When the application is complete she will forward it to the Board for a decision. Usually the process takes between 2 weeks to 1 month but if you are working under a tight deadline please let Katy know as soon as possible in the process.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to learning more about Spokane through you!

Jim Sheehan
Founder and Board President

Patty Gates

Matt Santangelo
Executive Director at Spokane Hoopfest Association

Joe Sheehan


Katy Sheehan
Executive Director

25 W. Main Ave. Ste. 210
Spokane, WA 99201