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On May 25, 2021, King County Council passed Ordinance 19829 authorizing reasonable and necessary expenditures to prevent, prepare for, mitigate against, and respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Ordinance includes an allocation of $400,000 for the Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ) for the Community-based Organization (CBO) Technical Assistance Program. The intent of this funding is to provide CBOs with federal grant technical assistance and capacity building.

CBOs operating in King County that serve communities who have historically and continue to experience marginalization, disproportionate negative impacts of systemic inequities, oppressions, and divestments are under-resourced. The COVID-19 pandemic deepened these negative impacts for these CBOs, through dramatic decreases in CBO staff levels that resulted in a loss of knowledge and expertise needed to successfully navigate the nonprofit sector, especially in the area of capacity building. This loss has negatively impacted CBOs’ operations on multiple levels including budgeting, accounting, and internal controls. It has also negatively impacted CBOs’ ability to raise funds through channels they normally rely on, including applying for federal funding. And CBOs are experiencing difficulty in rehiring qualified individuals to fill vacated positions, further exacerbating these impacts.

King County understands that nonprofits, particularly smaller CBOs, are experiencing challenges in applying for and securing CLFR funds and/or managing such funds once received and need additional support to allow meaningful participation in King County’s CLFR programs. The CBO Technical Assistance Program will provide institutional capacity building and technical assistance services to nonprofits to be selected by OESJ.

This program will address these specific objectives:  

  • Provide technical assistance to CBOs impacted by COVID-19 in securing funding and meeting federal compliance and monitoring requirements.
  • Build institutional capacity for CBOs to apply for and manage federal funds to address the long-term impacts of COVID-19.
  • Provide technical assistance to CBOs in operational and strategic areas identified to assist in sustaining operations in the long-term. 

Grant Sizes:
The total budget for this program is $400,000. Maximum awards are $150,000 per organization and may be adjusted to achieve equitable allocation and opportunities for community capacity-building where needs are greatest.

Eligible Entities:
Qualified service providers can be nonprofit organizations, CBOs, tribes and tribal organizations, public or governmental agencies serving communities in King County, or private consultants. Qualified service providers must demonstrate experience working with CBOs and expertise in any of the following areas:

  • Grant writing and grant budget development 
  • Accounting 
  • Application of 2 CFR 200 
  • Setting up internal controls 
  • Grant management 
  • Designing data collection methods 
  • Strategic planning 
  • Long-term budget development 
  • Governance structures 
  • Standard operating policies and procedures 
  • Staff structure 
  • Acquisition/subscription, implementation, and deployment of technology solutions (e.g., CRM, project management software, accounting software) 

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Reference Materials:

These documents are provided for illustrative purposes only and the County reserves the right to make changes prior to execution, depending on how the funds will be used and any changes in Treasury guidance.

1. Sample CLFR Agreement
2. Sample Grant Pre-Award Forms
3. Sample Grant Reporting Forms


The application window opens on April 27.
You may apply any time between April 27th, 2022 and May 17th, 2022, 5:00pm (PT). Apply at any time within that time frame. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in late May 2022. The program period is from signing through December 31, 2022.

Application Instructions: 

  1. The application window opens on April 27 and will remain open until May 17, 2022 at 5:00p.m. 
  2. Complete the application via this link.
  3. A preview of the application questions and additional program information is available in the RFA here.