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Career Pathways for Youth Affected by Gun Violence - CLOSED

Community violence intervention grants focused on healing and economic strengthening


Violent crime and gun violence are public health challenges that were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. King County seeks to fund data-informed, community-focused violence deterrence/intervention programs for youth ages 12-28 who have been directly or indirectly affected by gun violence. The Scope of Work has two focus areas: 

Positive Identity Development
We engage in liberation and sovereignty when we pursue the restoration of our historical narrative and heritage, and foster reconnection to ancestors and cultural community. This is especially the case for Black and Indigenous folks who were ripped from their ancestral lands and culture, forced into widescale human trafficking and enslavement, and suffered genocide over the course of hundreds of years. It is important to rebuild and reinforce young people’s sense of heritage and its intersections with community. This is fundamental for young people to better understand who they are, and establish a strong sense of self-worth, voice, acceptance, and belonging. These are building blocks for aspirations, caring for others, confidence to follow and lead, and benefit from our economic ecosystem. 

Economic Strengthening and Solvency
This RFP is also intended to create economic opportunities that contribute to the underlying determinants of success and well-being including access to quality education, housing, and health. When our young people see their value AND are able access viable opportunities, it cultivates aspirations and drives their ambitions, which can in turn feed their overall sense of confidence and outlook on their lives. Equitable access to suitable resources includes removing institutional and systemic barriers. Thus, this RFP is partly about forging attainable and sustainable pathways of success for young people and their families that go beyond temporary employment solutions.  Services for young people should include building relationships, providing intentional guidance, and connecting to resources related primarily to experiences that advance economic self-determination and prosperity, positive identity, and self-worth for young people (and their families). Examples of this would include paid trainings, certification, and job shadowing; paid internships; civic and business leadership development; career and ownership/stewardship mentoring; culturally reflective mental health and well-being supports; teaching life adaptive skills to thrive, and so on. 

Grant Sizes: The total budget for this program is $1 million. Maximum awards are $250,000 per organization and may be adjusted to achieve equitable allocation and opportunities for community capacity-building where needs are greatest. 

Eligible applicants MUST meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Organization serving communities in King County that are any of the following:
    • Not-for-profit organizations (or fiscally sponsored by an organization) with 501(c)3 status (including community-based or faith-based organizations),
    • Tribes and tribal organizations,
    • Schools and school districts, or
    • Public or governmental entities: community-based, faith-based, tribes and tribal, schools and school districts, public or governmental organizations serving communities in King County.
  • Applicants who are currently funded by other sources (including other King County, State, or Federal funding) for the same programming, must clearly delineate the proposed programming. (For example, if you are proposing an extension/expansion of pre-existing programming funded by other sources, you will need to clearly explain how the requested funding will enhance or increase the programming.

The Application window is now CLOSED. It began March 20th, 2023 and April 21st, 2023, 12:00 PM noon (PT). Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in mid May 2023. Period of performance is a maximum of 12 months ending no later than December 31, 2024.

Additional Information is available through two RFP Informational
Sessions (non-mandatory) via TEAMS:

  • Tuesday, April 4, 2022 at 1:00-2:00pm
  • Thursday, April 6, 2022 at 5:00-6:00pm

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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. Youth Career Pathways RFP 
2. Youth Career Pathways Agreement
3. Youth Career Pathways Budget Template


Application Instructions:

  1. The application window opened March 20, 2023 and will remain open until April 21st, 2023 12:00 PM noon (PT).
  2. Complete the application via this link.
  3. A preview of the application questions and additional program information is available in the RFP here.