Get help with your Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy application
The Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) serves an array of valued residents in King County: veterans and their families, seniors and their caregivers, and all persons or communities whose current or historical exposure to trauma, violence, poverty, isolation, bias, racism, stigma, discrimination, disability or chronic illness makes them vulnerable to reduced health, financial, housing or social stability. To achieve the goal of serving the full diversity of King County and the organizations that support them, the VSHSL aims to reduce barriers that small, community-based organizations may face in applying for levy funding. We contract with consultants to offer application assistance (also known as technical assistance) to qualifying community-based organizations needing support in applying for VSHSL funds.
To qualify for application assistance organizations must:
- have fewer than 20-full time equivalent staff.
- have an operating budget less than $4 million in the fiscal year prior to applying.
To get help with your application:
- Contact one of the application assistance providers listed below.
- Include the RFP name you’re seeking assistance for in the subject line of your email.
- Contact the application assistance provider at least 14 business days prior to the RFP’s closing date.
Application assistance can help:
Application Assistance providers are oriented to the goals and priorities of the VSHSL funding strategies. Providers can work with you from the very beginning of the application process to advise you on if and how your ideas fit with the scope of what the Request for Proposals (RFP) will fund. They can assist you in understanding the intent and focus of the RFP as you decide on and create your program model and vision to help you submit the strongest possible application.
Creating a budget for a new project can be difficult. Application Assistance providers can help you design a budget, estimate the costs with your project design and set a plan for capacity building if applicable.
Application Assistance providers can provide critical feedback on your application including: if your content is detailed enough and fully answers the application questions, if you are adequately describing your strengths and assets in way that is clear to outside readers, to make sure you are not missing an important aspect of the funding goals, and to provide editing support to ensure your information fits within the character limits.
Many VSHSL RFP applications are managed through the online platform Zoomgrants. Application Assistance providers are familiar with Zoomgrants, they can guide you through the Zoomgrants platform and help you navigate common challenges.
Meet the application assistance providers
Crux Consulting Consortium – Danielle Baer
Danielle Baer is a consultant in the Crux Consulting Consortium and has worked in the nonprofit and public sectors for the past 20 years in the areas of direct service, policy and advocacy, project management, communications, and fund development. She is deeply committed to leveraging her skills and experience to uplift organizations and provide the technical support to advance their mission and contribute to equitable, healthy, and vibrant communities. Through her collaborative approach, she partners with community-based and nonprofit organizations to develop and implement a grants strategy to build the capacity to share their story in the most authentic and impactful way to funders and other partners. She centers racial equity and social justice in her approach to supporting organizations led by and serving communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, and other groups historically marginalized by systemic inequities. She has worked in many sectors, including youth development, education, early childhood development and early learning, arts and culture, and policy/systems change.
To arrange for assistance, contact: Danielle Baer at Danielle.firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-351-6141.
Catherine Verrenti is thrilled to assist agencies with innovative ideas and strong community connections in applying for VSHSL funding. She offers skills and insights gained from her 20 years of hands-on experience, including her work at Neighborhood House and YouthCare. This expertise includes grant development plus managing a wide range of culturally responsive services, including homelessness and housing stability, family support, basic needs, case management, and health and transportation programs. She has provided technical assistance to large and small grassroots organizations in applying for government grants, including King County funds through VSHSL and Best Starts for Kids. She approaches this work by first listening to what mission-based organizations want to accomplish in their communities, then customizing an approach to focus on the support they seek to reach that vision with VSHSL funding. This might be understanding the RFP requirements, articulating a strong needs statement, helping to develop partnerships or forming a compelling grant narrative. She can be uniquely helpful in fine-tuning program designs, projecting achievable performance targets and developing budgets. She is particularly excited to help agencies think through all parts of their program to ensure strong program launch and implementation.
To arrange for assistance, contact: Catherine Verrenti at Catherine@verrenticonsulting.com or 206-637-3154