Grants & Funding
As your King County Councilmember, I want to make sure that you have access to community funding opportunities through my office available to local government and organizations in our District 3 community in the coming months. Investing in our local government and non-profit organizations and supporting innovative ideas through funding will ensure that each of our communities are able to thrive, now and into the future.
If you have any questions on these opportunities, please reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPCOMING GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
1. Youth Healing Project
Applications are due Monday, August 22nd at 2PM. Apply now at this link.
Details: Best Starts for Kids is looking to directly fund young people to work on projects that aim to improve the mental health, connection, and well-being of youth. They are looking for creative ideas that center young people and address the negative impacts of COVID-19. Projects should empower young people as leaders. There is approximately $110,000 to be allocated with a project maximum of $9,999.
For more details, please visit the grant website here, or if you have questions, please email Phillip Thompson at email@example.com.
2. Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) Service Provider Staffing Grant
Applications are due Monday, August 29th at 5PM. Apply now at this link.
Details: King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) and the Adult Services Division (ASD) is pleased to share this opportunity for nonprofit human services partners who currently receive funding through the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL). This RFA will fund one-time hiring and retention bonuses of $2,000 per employee. There is a total of $1,537,614 to be allocated.
3. Together Center: Entryway and Donor Recognition Wall RFQ
Applications are due Tuesday, August 30th at 5PM. Apply now at this link.
Details: Together Center is a nonprofit human services center supporting the East King County community since 1991. They are looking for emerging and established artists to create a site-specific welcoming entry and donor recognition wall in their lobby. There is a total of $27,000 to be allocated.
For more details, please visit the grant website here, or if you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Community-Based Parenting Supports - Caregiver Peer Supports and Basic Needs Resource Brokers
Applications are due Wednesday, August 31st at 2PM. Apply now at this link.
Details: Best Starts for Kids is seeking proposals from organizations to partner on three areas of work to support families with children from birth to age 5. The programs are Parent Caregiver Information and Supports, Basic Needs Resource Brokers, and Kaleidoscope Play and Learn. There is approximately $5.23 million to be allocated.
For more details, please visit the grant website here, or if you have questions, please email Phillip Thompson, at email@example.com.
5. Outdoor Learning Grants
Applications are due Thursday, September 1st. Apply now at this link.
Details: The Washington State Legislature funded the Outdoor Learning Grants program with the goal to develop and support outdoor educational experiences for students in Washington public schools. Outdoor education providers may apply for experiential, outdoor education program activities. There is $1.85 million to be allocated with a grant limit of $250,000.
For more details, please visit the grant website here, or if you have questions, please email Beth Auerbach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Working Washington Grants: Round 5
Applications will open soon and are due Friday, September 9th. Apply now at this link.
Details: The Washington State Legislature has allocated a new round of grant funding for small businesses affected by the pandemic. Funds will be set aside for the arts, heritage, science, hospitality, fitness, and personal services. $70 million was appropriated for this round of funding.
For more details, please visit the grant website here.
7. Building for Equity: Project Development and Capacity Building
Applications are due Friday, September 9th at 5PM. Apply now at this link.
Details: This 4Culture grant allows organizations to secure long-term facility needs, funding activities that increase an organization’s capability to advocate and plan for, fundraise for, lease, acquire, repair, remodel, and/or construct space suitable for their programming. Organizations can apply for up to $25,000.
For more details, please visit the grant website here, or if you have questions, please email Maya Santos at email@example.com.
8. Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Supportive Coordination RFQ
Applications are due Friday, September 16th at 2PM. Apply now at this link.
Details: Best Starts for Kids is seeking to partner with up to two organizations to improve and support the social and emotional outcomes for babies, young children, and their families in the context of culture, language, and community by supporting the people who work with them. There is approximately $1 million to be allocated annually.
For more details, please visit the grant website here, or if you have questions, please email Soledad Carrillo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Healthy Communities & Parks Fund
Details: Grants are available for programs, capacity building, land acquisition, and capital projects that increase access to recreation, parks, and open space in underserved communities. Applicants can apply for up to $15,000 per project.
For more details, please visit the grant website here, or if you have questions, please email Adam Schmid at email@example.com.
10. Landmarks Capital Grant
Applications are due Wednesday, September 21st at 5PM. Apply now at this link.
Details: 4Culture's Landmark Capital grant supports projects focusing on the stabilization or restoration of historic building fabric, repair or replacement of essential building systems, or the restoration of historically significant landscapes. Organizations can apply for up to $30,000.
For more details, please visit the grant website here, or if you have questions, please email Dana Phelan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. Open 4Culture Funds
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now at this link.
Details: Through this grant -- which has no deadline -- 4Culture awards amounts up to $1,500 to cultural doers serving underserved populations across the county. Artists and arts groups operating outside of Seattle and those working in Heritage and Preservation anywhere in King County may apply.
For more details, please visit the program website here, or if you have questions, please email Melissa Newbill at email@example.com
12. King County Child Care Financial Assistance Program
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now at this link.
Details: King County has allocated $7 million of its federal ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding to support King County families with the cost of their child care. Eligible families may receive financial assistance to pay for their child care at eligible providers.
For more details, please visit the grant website here, or if you have questions, please email KingCCFA@childcare.org.
There are some additional opportunities that will be opening this month. Details are limited so please continue checking the links below (in the "upcoming opportunities" section) for more information as the applications are released:
- Youth Communications Campaign (opens in August): Best Starts is seeking to partner with community organizations that will support young people in leading a communications campaign to reach their peers.
- Community-Led Data RFP (opens August 8th): Do you want to gather your own data to help Best Starts for Kids understand your community? If so, this RFP is for you! Community-Led Data will fund partners to collect data using your own processes.
- Culturally Responsive System Navigation for Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (opens August 8th): This RFQ is for cultural navigators to support families receiving Early Support for Infants and Toddlers services who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and/or linguistically diverse families.
- Help Me Grow (opens August 17th): Help Me Grow King County (HMGKC) aims to understand how best to connect families and communities to services and adapt the national Help Me Grow model.
- Communities of Opportunity Systems and Policy Change RFP (opens August 17th): This RFP will support community-led projects to transform systems and policies to decrease and prevent continued inequity in low-income communities and communities of color in King County.
- Communities of Opportunity Place-Based and Cultural Communities Partnerships (opens August 17th): This funding will support coalitions and collaborative partnerships that will implement projects that focus on the intersection of health, housing, economic opportunity, and community connections.
Community-Based Parenting Supports - Lactation and Perinatal Support Services and Birth workers Professional Development (opens August 31st): Best Starts is seeking to partner with community-based organizations to deliver lactation and perinatal supports to pregnant and new parents, and also develop and deliver culturally relevant birthworker and family support training.
ADDITIONAL GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
BEST STARTS FOR KIDS
Best Starts for Kids (BSK) is King County initiative to improve health and well-being by investing in early intervention and prevention for children, youth, families and communities. The BSK Blog features community meetings and open Requests for Proposals (RFPs). You can find open funding opportunities here.
4 Culture is a cultural funding agency in King County. It has four program areas – arts, heritage, historic preservation, and public art. 4 Culture offers a variety of rolling grants throughout the year. Click here to find open funding opportunities.
YOUTH AND AMATEUR SPORTS GRANTS
Youth and Amateur Sports grants support fit and healthy communities by investing in programs and capital projects that increase access to physical activity and sports programs. Eligible uses include program scholarships, facility fees, equipment and uniforms, capital project management, construction materials, and more. Funding is available to non-profit organizations, public schools and districts, public agencies, and tribes and tribal organizations. Applications generally open in January and funding decisions are usually made in the spring. King County Parks offers details on the application process, including program guidelines and deadlines.
WATERWORKS GRANT PROGRAM
WaterWorks funding is available for projects that improve water quality in the service area of King County’s regional wastewater system. Non-profits, schools and educational institutions, cities, counties, tribes, and special purpose districts are eligible to apply. Applications generally open in January, with award recommendations made in the fall. For a full list of eligible projects, along with details on this year’s application process, visit the WaterWorks Grant Program page.
Additional Waterworks funding is available through a Council-administered process. Applicants for Council funding are encouraged to apply through the Waterworks process first. For more information, please reach out via email to our Communications and Constituent Relations Manager, Osman Salahuddin, at Osman.Salahuddin@kingcounty.gov or by phone at 206-507-9860.