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The Gathering Collaborative

The Gathering Collaborative

$25 Million Total in Grants to Address Racism Is A Public Health Crisis


Racism Is A Public Health Crisis - The Gathering Collaborative 

King County declared racism as a public health crisis in 2020, recognizing that governments need to acknowledge and respond by undoing the centuries of harms of systemic racism in our society and equitably invest in dismantling racism and protecting the health and well-being of Black, Indigenous and People of Color so that all communities thrive.

Envisioned jointly by community members and King County in August 2021 and launched in March 2022, The Gathering Collaborative is a group of trusted community members who are involved to uplift Black and Indigenous people and their communities – those who are most directly harmed by racism. The members largely reflect these communities and have lived experience in these communities that they serve, with Executive Dow Constantine, Abigail Echo-Hawk and Dr. Ben Danielson, serving as co-chairs.

The Gathering Collaborative is an iterative co-creation effort between King County government and the community. The Gathering Collaborative community members will collaborate with King County to equitably distribute $25 million that starts to undo the harms of racism compounded by the pandemic, influence the County’s budget cycle and process, and establish a longer-term, multi-generational vision for King County to become an anti-racist government.

The focus of this effort and the related investments is to start to undo the harms on the following populations who, based on extensive research and data nationally and in King County, most negatively experience the generational, current, and longstanding impacts of racism, making it a public health crisis:

  • Black Americans who are the descendants of enslaved Africans and continue to experience the ongoing and deep impacts of systemic racism in all of its facets.

  • Indigenous Peoples directly impacted by settler colonialism within the US borders which have created the systems of institutional and structural racism perpetuated by the United States government and ongoing settler colonialism of the United States. It includes American Indians/Alaska Natives/Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, American Samoa, and Pacific Islander communities.


Review this document for a Glossary of Key Terms and Definitions

Community members who have participated in the co-creation process to imagine, form, and engage as a part of The Gathering Collaborative, alongside King County staff, have committed to using and upholding the following guiding values as designed by The Gathering Collaborative:

Exercise Black and Indigenous Power

  • We exercise interconnected Black, Indigenous and Brown power and hold King County accountable, with an understanding of processes, barriers and historic practices in order to change them. 

  • The LONG-TERM goal of The Gathering Collaborative must be to dismantle racism and other related abuses and replace with equitable systems that protect and promote the health and well-being of Black and Indigenous People, so that all King County communities thrive.

Center those most harmed by racism

  • We center those most harmed by racism, to lift all communities. This includes a deep understanding, acknowledgement and commitment to end anti-Blackness and the intentional erasure of Indigenous communities.

Community knows best

  • We uphold a Gathering Collaborative without guarding information and believe those directly harmed by racism and furthest from opportunity in community, know best.

Immediate money allocation with long term goals

  • $25 million is both ‘budget dust’ and seed money. It must be shared immediately to provide short term help for those most harmed by racism and worsened by COVID.  

  • The seed money needs to shape long term, antiracist work that impacts and overhauls how the County prioritizes its budget.

King County needs to face the truth

  • We and our communities are the truthtellers and owners of the legacy, not the County or any other institution.

  • We face the truth that Black and Indigenous communities are most harmed by systemic racism.

King County commits to changing dynamics

  • King County and other local governments have done harm. Community leaders and partners know that there are risks to partnering with King County government. The County understands and commits to change this dynamic. 

  • We (the community members of The Gathering Collaborative) will hold King County accountable to act on the recommendations from The Gathering Collaborative by disrupting business as usual and making pathways to racial equity. 

  • We must have commitment to systemwide change, transparency, honesty, and accountability between this Gathering Collaborative and King County government.

The Gathering Collaborative is a space where members experience the power of older and younger generations serving together, grounded in the wisdom of the generations that have come before us and ensuring that the impacts on generations in the future are considered in the ways we think, move, and act. Iis averyfluid space, where people contribute where they can and with what capacity they have. Below is a list of members that have contributed to the Gathering Collaborative in various ways:

Alina Santillán  
Amelia Bai 
Amy Cummings-Garcia 
Arleen Marston  
Arthi Bhaskaran  
Ashleigh Shoecraft   
Atelete Makasini   
AyeNay Abye   
Aziz Chyad 
Bereket Kiros 
Rev. Bianca Davis-Lovelace
Bronwyn Talaga 
Camie Jae Goldhammer 
Christina Diego
Clorine Joujen   
Danielle Lowe 
David Bulindah 
David Humphrey 
Debbie Lacy   
Dr. Julie Vaughn   
Edna M. Daigre 
Ella M. McRae   
Emijah Smith 
Emma Medicine White Crow 
Erin Lee 
Faana Martin   
Fathiya Abdi   
Florence Adeyemi 
Gina Hall   
Ginger Kwan 
Hattie Steward 
Hussein Hadi 
Katrina Sanford
James Lovell 
Jamila Garrett Bell
Jayden Aubryn
Jayleen Salas   
Jean Iannelli Craciun 
Jennell Hicks 
Jiji Jally   
Joseph Seia   
Julius Kimani 
K. Marie   
Karen Wong   
Kathleen Chambers 
Kelcy Maun   
Keleni Tavaiqia   
Keri Bartlett Bullocks 
Koa Derouin   
Kristina Katayama
K. Patricia
Lalita Uppala
Leah Ford 
Linda Smith 
Lorena Ortigoza     
Malie Chanel 
Mario Banuelos   
Mary Rabourn
Martina Naich  
Maya Manus   
Meko Lawson   
Mirius Wenda   
Mohamed Bakr   
Mothana Alzubaidi
Patrick Carr   
Rebecca Chan   
Rosie Tavaiqia
Roxana Pardo Garcia   
Savelio Makasini   
Shelley Means   
Sherronda Jamerson
Starleen Lewis   
Steven Lewis   
Storme Webber   
Trenise Rogers 
Whitney Nakamura 
Yordanos Teferi   
Zahraa Akmoosh 

Racism is A Public Health Crisis Co-Chairs 
Executive Dow Constantine 
Abigail Echo-Hawk 
Dr. Ben Danielson 

King County Staff Team  
Anita Whitfield 
April Putney 
Arun Sambataro 
Devante’ Daniels 
Eci Ameh 
Kwame Simmons 
Michael Padilla Ocampo 
Reeni Nair 
Sheila Ater Capestany 
Stephanie Guzman-Barrera 
Will Suarez Gomez 
Vazaskia Crockrell 
Zac Davis 

King County makes historic investment to tackle Racism as a Public Health Crisis with $25 million in grants to more than 120 small businesses, nonprofits, and community organizations

King County Executive Dow Constantine and fellow co-chairs of the Gathering Collaborative, Dr. Ben Danielson and Abigail Echo-Hawk, announced $25 million in grants awarded to 123 nonprofits, community organizations, and small businesses to advance the work of addressing racism as a public health crisis in the region.

Since March 2022, King County and the co-chairs have met weekly with the Gathering Collaborative, a group of diverse and trusted community members, to co-create the grant program. The Collaborative is the result of reimagining a different grants process in partnership with Black and Indigenous communities, and to equitably distribute grant funding to advance economic and racial justice in communities.

The Gathering Collaborative and King County received overwhelming interest in the grant opportunity, with nearly 800 applications requesting over $230 million – more than nine times the total funding available. Community reviewers dedicated their time over the past several months to thoroughly evaluate, discuss, and score each applicant. After an extensive review process, the Gathering Collaborative recommended funding a total of 123 organizations.

King County is honored to partner with organizations and businesses that are and have been developing solutions to repair the harms of racism, bringing healing and well-being to Black and Indigenous communities,” said Executive Constantine, co-chair of the Racism is a Public Health Crisis effort. “King County is actively confronting the reality of racism and acknowledging its historic and present-day impacts on marginalized communities. This $25 million investment will help to combat the public health crisis that racism truly presents in our communities while forging a path toward a more equitable and just future for all people."

Read the full news release here. 


A 4 Apple Learning Center 
Since 1996, A 4 Apple Learning Center has been on a mission to provide high-quality toddler and preschool programming and childcare in a supportive, safe learning environment. Founded and led by Black women with deep roots in Seattle's Central District-Seattle, A 4 Apple is a trusted hub of not only early learning and family services but shared learning and action around social justice issues most impacting Black/ African-Americans in our community.

Arte Noir 
Arte Noir is an online and physical gathering space for exploring the dynamic creativity that exists within the African and African American culture. In its physical space, which opened at Midtown Square in September 2022, ARTE NOIR hosts the Onyx Fine Arts Gallery, featuring the work of African descent artists primarily from the Pacific Northwest. Arte Noir serves as a conduit for community healing to the emotional and traumatic toll due to the gentrification of the Central District which has been the heart of the Seattle's Black community.

Arts Impact 
Arts Impact is a 501(c)(3) arts education organization serving predominantly low-income, Pre-K-Grade 8 students of color (especially Black, Indigenous, and Latinx students) and their teachers to create arts-infused pathways of learning for all students to thrive: emotionally, socially, and academically. Arts infused lessons lift up Black, Indigenous and Brown cultural, visual and performing arts, stories and the histories of oppression to celebrate strength, resiliency and creativity to increase students' wellbeing.

Atlantic Street Center

Atlantic Street Center’s mission is to help families and communities raise healthy, successful children and youth through direct services and advocacy for social justice and equity. Atlantic Street Center primarily serves low to no income, and families with children, African American/Black families, and other families of color who reside in central and southeast Seattle and South King County.

BJB Foundation
BJB Foundation's Retreat & Rebuild program aims to address the lack of accessible and affordable self-care and housing options for low-income Black women. The program offers culturally responsive and trauma-informed wellness retreats that provide a safe and supportive space for women to relax, rejuvenate, and connect with others through various services such as yoga, meditation, and healthy meals, all at no cost to the participant. 

Black Farmers Collective 
Black Farmers Collective works to create a local, sustainable Black-led food system. It operates 2 farms, an urban farm and greenspace in Seattle and a production farm in Redmond on land leased from King County. It provides opportunities for all, centering Black communities to experience culture, joy, and healing on its farms and through its workshops and classes.

BRAVE is a sanctuary for Black and Brown youth and young adults to be free to explore creativity and greatness that is so often suppressed due to navigating systems of oppression on a daily basis. BRAVE was established in 2011 and includes programs in partnership with schools to introduce youth to social justice awareness while cultivating a positive personal identity with a committment to strengthen communities. Our mission is to collaborate with BIPOC youth through their learning and development journey, providing them experiences and resoures for critical thinking, exploring their voice, building leadership abilities, and contributing to the health and renewal of their communities and reshaping systems. 

Chief Seattle Club
Chief Seattle Club’s mission is to provide sacred spaces to nurture, affirm and renew the spirit of Urban Native people. Their goal is to end homelessness for American Indian/Alaska Natives and they have approached this through social services integrated with traditional wellness. In recent years, they have developed trauma-informed and indigenous-designed shelters and affordable housing.

Community Network Council 
Community Network Council is a youth-centric collaborative dedicated to encouraging, esteeming, and empowering Black students whereby working toward creating equity in education. Since 2010, Community Network Council has been working with the Kent School District and community partners to create, deliver, and facilitate educational and cultural programs and events that address youth and family needs in our Black community.

Community Passageways 
Community Passageways is a King County-based nonprofit founded in 2017 with a vision for zero youth incarceration. CP’s mission is to create alternatives to incarceration for youth and young adults by rebuilding our communities through committed relationships centered on love, compassion, and consistency.

Converge Media 
Converge Media is a leading producer of culturally relevant content in Seattle and across the Pacific Northwest, creating videos, editorial and creative writing, podcasts, and local news coverage curated specifically for an urban audience. Funding will allow Converge to launch a pro bono advertising program to provide at least 24 different Black and Indigenous community-led businesses and community organizations outreach, marketing, and public service spotlights on our platforms, among other capacity-building efforts. 

Youth and Families Outreach 
Youth and Families Outreach is a community-based organization that has been providing out-of-school-time programming to meet the unique needs of our community since 2001.  Youth-centered programming develops the emotional intelligence, self-confidence, cultural awareness, and academic abilities of all youth and families served. Its vision is to provide youth with the tools they need to become successful adults by creating an engaging and supportive environment that fosters each youth's ability to succeed academically and in life.

Hummingbird Indigenous Family Services 
Hummingbird Indigenous Family Services is culturally grounded, has established trust in the community, and has had incredible success in improving health outcomes for the Indigenous community over the past three years. Hummingbird Indigenous BirthKeepers (Doulas) provides full spectrum, culturally matched doula support throughout the perinatal period. Since Hummingbird's doula program started in 2019, Hummingbird Indigenous BirthKeepers (formerly Daybreak Star Doulas) has served over 150 families.

yehaw Indigenous Creatives Collective 
yehaw Indigenous Creatives Collective was formed to fill a crucial gap in the city’s cultural landscape. As artists, yehaw came together to offer services, support, and a rich network to intertribal Indigenous creatives at every stage of their careers. Opportunities provided include exhibitions, installations, performances, residencies, markets, publications, grants, and other community-led projects. 

Key to Change
Established in 2017, Key to Change’s mission is to inspire underserved BIPOC youth through world-class violin and viola instruction and to support their development as self-aware leaders. Its vision is that Black and Brown students in South King County and beyond will have access to world-class music education, mentorship, and leadership skills that propel them into lifetime success. 

Life Enrichment Group 
Life Enrichment Group provides academic support and positive mentorship experiences for African American youth and other youth of color. It operates five main programs focusing on leadership development for high school and middle school-age youth; a free summer program for middle schoolers to help fight summer learning loss; a college preparation and HBCU tour program; an adult-youth mentorship program; and an entrepreneurship training program with paid internships.

Metropolitan Seattle Sickle Cell Task Force 
The Metropolitan Seattle Sickle Cell Task Force pursues healing and restoration for people living with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).  The new MSSCTF HUB, a house in West Seattle, has recently become the main stage for its work to bring healing and restoration to the SCD community in ways that center and draw strength from cultural heritage. The HUB provides housing for three residents and space to host educational workshops with local researchers and to provide therapies that are not fully covered by health insurance, such as therapeutic massage, acupuncture, reflexology, yoga, and counseling. 

Nakani Native Program 
The Nakani Native Program was founded in 2017 to continue the work of the Northwest Indian Program of the American Friends Service Committee. Services currently include public presentations on harvesting, processing, and using traditional plants for foods and medicines. Its vision is to have a positive impact on the Native child welfare system by reconnecting Native children with their ancestral culture and, simultaneously, to increase the respect shown for that culture among foster parents.

National Black MBA Association - Seattle Chapter 
The National Black MBA Association - Seattle Chapter is made up of a group of highly committed volunteer leaders who are part of an organization that was founded over 53 years ago on the principles of economic and intellectual empowerment. The  organization has three focus areas: 1) fostering inclusion and belonging in business for Black people, 2) supporting Black Business and wealth, 3) and empowering youth development in King County. 

Native Action Network 
Founded in 2001, Native Action Network is a Native-led nonprofit organized to promote Native women’s full representation, participation, and leadership in local, state, tribal, and national affairs. For over twenty years, NAN has mobilized generations of Native leaders dedicated to serving their communities. By uplifting Native women’s legacies and the positive impacts of Native-led initiatives, NAN affirms Native identities and futures while advancing justice through community organization.

Native Family Learning Lodge 
The Native Family Learning Lodge is a Black and Indigenous-led birth-to-three years of age childcare space offering an Indigenous-centered and community kinship modeled educational experience. Kinship care is an Indigenous practice where children are raised by extended family members and members of the community. This approach demonstrates the importance of maintaining connections to family, lifeways, language, and community. The organization has been working to develop a culturally responsive and sustaining curriculum and resources for kinship caregivers that prioritize the use of Indigenous languages and cultural practices."

Pacific Islander Community Association of WA 
The Pacific Islander Community Association of WA (PICA-WA) serves as a cultural home, centers community power, and advocates to further the wellness of Pacific Islander communities in Washington State.

South End Stories 
South End Stories is a Black-led arts education program serving students, families, and educators throughout King County. Its mission is to ignite joy and justice in classrooms and communities using arts-based learning, anti-racist education, and social activism.

Tenants Union of Washington State 
Over the last 45 years, the Tenants Union of Washington State has provided empowerment-based tenant education to thousands of Washington renters, raised up hundreds of powerful tenant leaders and tenant councils, and increased tenant protections on the state, county, and city levels. Founded in 1977, the Tenants Union carries on a proud legacy of work to create concrete improvements in tenants’ living conditions and challenge and transform unjust housing policies and practices.

The Rhapsody Project 
The Rhapsody Project is a community-driven organization that celebrates music and heritage through an anti-racist lens. As a convener, they provide music instruction, cultural events, classes, and cultural workforce development to establish racial and cultural equity. 

The Yarrow Project
At The Yarrow Project, spiritual and cultural healing for Indigenous communities is the centerpiece of everything they do. Since its founding, The Yarrow Project has exclusively served Indigenous survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and commercial sexual exploitation, and the families of our Missing and Murdered Indigenous People, while advocating for physical needs, housing, safety, law, and criminal justice issues.

Unkitawa is an Indigenous-led nonprofit with programs that utilize Native American/Indigenous cultural knowledge, Indigenous Medicines, and Indigenous foods to serve the BIPOC, LGBTQI+, Veterans, Elders, families, and youth communities. Unkitawa's mission is centered on traditional Native American / Indigenous practices to heal and support communities through ceremonies, arts, and culture. Its traditional ceremonies are non-Eurocentric healings addressing mental, physical, and emotional health. Unkitawa operates seven distinct programs: Indigenous Wellness, Indigenous Youth Program, Veteran’s Program, Women’s Wellness Program, Re-entry Program, Innovations Program, and the Built to Last Program. All programs are available to the community free of charge. 

UNLEASH THE BRILLIANCE helps Black students stay in school and graduate through positive, persuasive, culturally responsive presentation that involves music, theatrical skits, and dancing to help BIPOC students value education and the process of learning. Since 2010, UNLEASH THE BRILLIANCE partnered with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to provide positive, persuasive presentations for BECCA BILL Petitioned students across King County, serving BIPOC students and help them avoid court jurisdiction and return to their classes. 

Wonder of Women (WOW) International 
Wonder of Women (WOW) International is an organization whose mission is to create safe and sacred spaces where Black people can find healing and unapologetically centers Black women, Black Love, and Black Culture. WOW's mission is fulfilled through culturally centered healing art events, retreats, professional development, publications, curriculum, and products that empower community with Afrocentric experiences, practices, and healing pathways to help disrupt emotional, racial, and grief traumas. 

Young Women Empowered 
Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) was born out of a seven-month, youth-led pilot leadership program in 2010. It was so successful that the girls, mentors, teachers, and youth workers who participated in that pilot banded together to form an organization that would offer year-round programs for girls and women. Today, Y-WE is a nonprofit in King County with a staff of 12 offering a slate of high-impact programs, camps, paid internship cohorts, a facilitator cohort for skill development, and annual community events that center and serve BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-19. 

Hip Hop is Green 
Founded in 2009 by African American Seattle native Keith Tucker, Hip Hop is Green is a Seattle-based pioneering national movement led by a team of artists, performers, chefs, and activists that use the power and influence of Hip Hop to speak to youth and spark positive health and wellness changes in their lives. Its mission is to support holistic health education and the environmental transformation of urban communities. The Cherry Street Farm and Lab is a unique opportunity to showcase community-developed, innovative solutions for food security and food justice. Situated on a 5,000 square-foot residential lot in the Central District, the Farm includes raised garden beds, an outdoorclassroom, and its flagship project, the Greenery, a 320 square-foot hydroponic growing chamber. The  addition of a commercial-grade teaching kitchen will expand its capacity to promote plant-based, culturally relevant eating to youth.

Northwest Tap Connection 
Northwest Tap Connection is a race and social justice-oriented studio founded in 2006 and located in South Seattle. Its mission is inclusive of closing the gap in the arts for underserved communities with an emphasis on Black youth and Black artists, serving 175 to 200 youth annually in its programs. Northwest Tap Connection cultivates a generation of socially conscious Black youth that are knowledgeable of their true legacy and strive for excellence. Funding will go toward relocating Northwest Tap to the first floor of Via 7, an affordable housing project in Rainier Beach, that will house a 100-seat performance auditorium and two dance studios/classrooms.

Plum Natural Food Foundation and MILK 
Plum Natural Food Foundation and MILK are plant-based food foundations with a two-fold mission of caring for and educating our children and addressing diabetes and obesity in the Black community and surrounding communities of color by educating with food. By using plant-based food as a tool, Black people and people of color have the opportunity to learn in a hands-on and practical way, gaining the skills and knowledge we need to make informed food choices and lead healthier lives. Funding will be used toward its early learning and child care center for working mothers. This early learning center located in Georgetown will be managed and run by people of color and will offer early learning services, child care and children's daily nutrient packed meals to all employees of PNFF and MILK at no charge to the employee. Plum Natural and MILK will also offer 40 hours of free child care and education to children in the community at no charge to the working mother. Fees for any additional childcare needs above and beyond 40 hours per week will be based on the mothers income. 

Queer the Land 
Queer the Land is a collaborative project founded on queer trans & 2-spirit Black/indigenous/people of color (QT2BIPOC) self-determination and the vision of collectively stewarding land and working towards a self-determined, collaborative economic system. Queer The Land was founded in 2016 to address rapid gentrification and displacement in Seattle and to challenge established systems of power and inequity that displace marginalized communities and undermine the organizing effort that is essential to our survival. Queer the Land, the collective, owns and operates a four-story house, which they will transform into a landmark for QT2sBIPOC autonomy, community sustainability and stability, and collaboration. 

Seattle Indian Health Board 
Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) is a Native-led and Native-run nonprofit health center with a mission to advocate for, provide, and ensure culturally appropriate, high-quality, and accessible health and human services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. For 35 years, Seattle Indian Health Board’s Leschi Center in the International District has been a fixture in Seattle’s urban American Indian and Alaska Native community, providing comprehensive healthcare and critical social services to approximately 5,000 unduplicated relatives each year. Through a recent inspection and assessment, SIHB learned that the building is nearing the end of its lifecycle and has only 3-5 years left due to weathering and overall degradation. Funding will be used to  build-out  a new main clinic and administrative center that will improve the capacity and quality of primary care provided to relatives; expand operatories and reduce appointment and wait times for high-demand dental services; create communal; intergenerational space for our Youth and Elders; create a full pediatric clinic and Native birthing center to begin to address appalling disparities in maternal health and infant mortality among AI/ANs; reduce overcrowding in our administrative spaces and improve employee retention; and have the ability to add low-income housing above its clinic for Native Elders and veterans.

Tubman Center for Health & Freedom 
The Tubman Center for Health & Freedom was founded in May 2020 by six Black and Indigenous community members in response to Covid and the murder of George Floyd, launching with a Covid education, testing, and PPE program, as well as its Frontline Wellness program, which offered free acupuncture sessions to address racism in the body and improve mental health. Tubman Center for Health and Freedom provides community member care with respect, support, and focus on building trust and community. With community clamoring for expanded services, Tubman Center for Health & Freedom launched a community design process to develop a new healthcare system by and for community. Its flagship clinic will be the state’s only Black community-owned and -led health center. 

United Indians of All Tribes Foundation 
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation has grown an array of programs that promote the interrelated goals of cultural connection, school readiness, economic self-sufficiency, artistic expression, improved public health, and housing stability. For 53 years, they have served the 55,940 American Indians and Alaska Natives from hundreds of different Tribes and Nations who call this region home. This funding would allow United Indians to undertake critical renovation and maintenance projects for the upkeep and preservation of its cultural space, Daybreak Star Center.

Abound Visitation and Family Services LLC
Abound Visitation and Family Services LLC is a child and vulnerable adult advocacy agency. It specializes in family court services such as supervised monitoring, virtual visitations, mediation, and facilitation, particularly families in dissolution, high conflict situations, domestic violence, substance abuse, flight risks, alienation, history of mental health, history of criminal backgrounds, physical/sexual abuse, reunification, and other high-risk situations. 

Abundance Health, LLC 
Abundance Health, LLC is a nursing company that provides private duty nursing, registered nurse delegation services, and in-home nursing care to clients. This program provides community-based alternatives to institutional care for clients who have challenging medical needs and require continuous skilled nursing care, particularly Black and Indigenous patients who are the main populations affected by recurrent hospitalizations, chronic healthcare diseases and illnesses, and high mortality rates.

Academy for Creating Excellence 
The Academy for Creating Excellence (ACE) exists to prepare Black men and men of color for excellence by fostering safe spaces to facilitate their upliftment to best understand themselves as viable world citizens. ACE provides service to an average of 200 students annually, ages 11-24, who typically experience challenges in the classroom in connecting with teachers, a sense of belonging in school, and peer-to-peer relationships. 

African Hairitage
African Hairitage, which opened in 1995 in Renton, was one of the first salons in the area to specialize in professional braiding, locks, and natural hair care services for Black People.  African Hairitage created a community gathering space for all people to be serviced but especially Black people, a space they know they would be welcomed, safe, pampered, and cared for.

Ase Theatre 
Ase Theatre is an inclusive and consistently transforming arts organization addressing the challenges of Racism as a mental health crisis. Ase Theate teaches cultural arts from the perspective of the global majority, using cross-cultural traditional art forms as a tool for healing and understanding. 

Aspire Growth 
Aspire Growth takes a holistic approach to connect youth to employment, education, enrichment, and social/emotional support while creating a welcoming and culturally inclusive environment. Aspire Growth works with youth to develop and fulfill personal short and long-term goal-setting plans while providing system navigation support to youth and their families. 

Awodi Drumming 
Awodi Drumming uses the practice of group drumming, a powerful wellness tool utilized in communities across the world from Africa, Asia, Indigenous peoples of North and South Americas, and Europe to provide evidence-based interventions to Black and Indigenous people and communities of all ages in King County. Awodi Drumming’s programming and mission are based on centering communities who faced trauma and neglect in their lives to spread healing and empowerment through our communities."

Beauty By Jaye
Beauty By Jaye provides affordable skincare services for women, such as makeup application, facials, skin health and education, and sugaring hair removal services. Beauty By Jaye's approach is to help clients realize the importance of self-care wellness by providing services to women, particularly Black, Brown, and Indigenous women, who are often overlooked and disrespected daily. It helps provide a safe and holistic space for women who don't feel seen or heard with their skincare needs and concerns and provide education on skincare and products that are best suited for women of color that encourages them to know that they too deserve wellness that is often viewed as unattainable. 

Bennett Media Group 
Bennett Media Group (KRIZ 1420 AM, KYIZ 1620 AM, KBMS 1480 AM/97.5 FM, also known as the Z-Twins Radio Stations) are Washington state’s only African American, locally owned and operated radio stations with urban formats serving the Northwest. Bennett Media's mission and commitment is to use its platforms to discuss all the impacts of racism and other social issues that impact the community. 

Big Beard Media 
Big Beard Media (BBM) is a King County-based BIPOC digital marketing firm founded in 2019 and a local leader in the emerging fields of digital marketing, effective communications, and design. BBM recognizes that traditional marketing strategies may not resonate with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities, and aim to provide services that are culturally competent, effective, and reflective of the unique needs and perspectives of these communities. Since its inception, BBM's commitment and focus have been to help BIPOC-led non-profits and small businesses and their underrepresented communities thrive in the digital space helping level the playing field for BIPOC community-based organizations and small businesses that lack a digital presence.

BJ&J Entertainment 
BJ&J Entertainment is an independent music label responsible for the Seattle Music Is Real Empowerment and Development (S.M.I.R.ED.) platform at L.E.M.S. bookstore in Columbia City, Seattle. It is an anti-gang, anti-guns, anti-drugs, and anti-violence platform, which has become a staple of the Seattle music scene. The platform has allowed over 50 local artists and inner-city youth to develop and showcase their talents through multimedia, radio, video, and streaming platforms, as well as performance opportunities touring different venues throughout WA state and the Northwest region. S.M.I.R.ED. is dismantling the stereotypes of glorifying gang culture in rap and hip hop music by accepting the inner-city youth as they come, pushing them in a positive direction with their artistry, and showing them that they will be accepted for who they are and not who they pretend to be.

Black Arts Love 
Black Arts Love is a community-based organization committed to promoting black artists, black culture, and economic empowerment.  Through marketplaces and a new retail store, Black artists and businesses have generated economic and moral support, which greatly enriches our community and helps with the recovery process from the impact that Covid-19 has had on the community. 

Black Coffee Northwest 
Black Coffee Northwest is a Black-owned coffee restaurant and business serving the greater King County area while supporting local youth and young adults with employment and training opportunities, after-school enrichment activities, and mental health support. Black Coffee Northwest is a gathering space for more than just coffee. They focus on hiring youth and ensuring they have a postiive experience with their first employer to set them off on the right path with soft job skills, leadership training and more. Black Coffee Northwest ensures team members are valued, heard and celebrated, including monthly team bonding and recreation. Black Coffee Northwest practices economic justice by serving as an incubabor for small Black business owners to do pop-up venues, and hire Black businesses to maintain its space and for supplies, all to support entrepreneurship and generational wealth building in the community. 

Through music, BLASTography has sought to provide community, identity, and partnership in King County through events, mixers, parties, brunches, LinkedIn, and travel workshops. The organization is creating an Afrobeats music festival to cater to those who miss the various regions of the world where they have come from, helping to give a sense of identity to those searching for their roots and showing that there is a place for everyone.

Coleman Family Services
Coleman Family Services works to identify and address mental health needs and educational gaps in school districts within King County. CFS offers tutoring in partnering schools and collaborates with counselors, teachers, and officials to address unmet student mental, emotional, and academic needs.

Contract Design & Development
Contract Design & Development, in business since 1992, is an independent contractor reviewing construction plans and specifications for architectural and engineering firms including new residential housing, commercial site development, industrial business parks, and transportation infrastructure construction projects. In October 2018, CDD re-opened its Seattle office to pursue heavy-civil infrastructure construction projects at the request of local Black politicians and community activists to bid and assist other Black businesses to bid and participate in government procurement and contracting on heavy-civil infrastructure construction projects. 

Cyber Capitol 
Cyber Capitol was established in 2018 by Les Struthers as an extension of his 20+ years of work as an IT professional. Since the early 2000s, Les built strong roots within the African American and business communities by providing technology support for minority-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, and small businesses. At the core of its mission is lessening the impact of the “Digital Divide” on the African American community, one of the most affected by the technology gap in the United States. 

DOPE CULTURE LLC is an art curator and event production business that embodies and promotes the African American civic consciousness. Its Neo Soul / Black Joy Event series elevates local artists and the Marketplace that promote economic empowerment, addresses racial inequalities, and builds stronger communities. They create safe spaces for artistic and civic expression for the community by centering African American joy, concerns, needs, and solutions. By taking control of the narrative, they aim to change the negative connotation associated with the word "DOPE" and associate it with a more positive narration of the many facets of Black life, faith, community, self and cultural confidence, creativity, civic responsibility, and traditions.

Dreams Manifest 
Dreams Manifest is a personal development company founded by a black woman with a passion for empowering, uplifting, encouraging, and supporting other black women in reclaiming their joy, and creating lives filled with purpose as a revolutionary act through life vision coaching.

Eagle's Nest Community Kitchen 
Eagle's Nest Community Kitchen is a mobile food pantry and resource center that focuses on unincorporated areas in Washington State serving underserved communities and people of color that may not have access to nutrition due to living in food, deserts, or food swamps. Its business focuses on agriculture, economic development, and mental well-being, and teaching black people the importance of sustainability in our community.  

Earls Cuts and Styles 
Earls Cuts and Styles is a barbershop that has been a hub, a staple, and one of the remaining African American businesses in the community that the community feels comfortable coming into. It creates a trustworthy and violence-free environment where you don’t have to be afraid of who you are or who you choose to be and allows clients to come together in fellowship and be groomed all at the same time. The barbershop has always been a staple in the African American community, a hub where man and women can come together and not only get a cut but laugh and talk over many different issues. It is also a safe spot where grandfathers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, and fathers can bring their children, and their children can bring their children. It is a bounding space of love and togetherness. Earls Cuts and Styles has provided a salon business where many upcoming barbers and salon owners have mastered their craft and now own their own businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

Ellison Coaching & Counseling Group 
Ellison Coaching & Counseling Group is a South King County behavioral health provider, providing mental health and wellness counseling and therapy support to those facing a myriad of daily challenges. They offer individual, couples, group, and family counseling using a trauma-informed approach and cultural responsiveness. At Ellison Coaching & Counseling Group, therapy sessions are designed to unravel painful issues and provide clients with effective tools to help them see the glass half full instead of half empty. 

Equitable Development LLC 
Equitable Development LLC is a collective of Black-owned education and community development leaders and researchers who came together in January of 2022 to advance the historic work of institutionalizing African American Studies in Washington State. Building on the work previously completed by Connector Consulting and Equitable Development LLC, the African American Studies team proposed a community-building and co-design approach to facilitate the statewide coordination towards institutionalizing culturally responsive, anti-racist, and multicultural education with a focus on African American Studies for public secondary students in Washington State. 

Evergreen Queen Handcrafts and Flora 
Evergreen Queen Handcrafts and Flora is a local floral shop focused on healing, beauty, celebration and love. Evergreen hosts workshops made to inspire the black youth in the community and give them different career opportunities. Evergreen also creates a wide range of handmade products, and offers consignment to other small businesses giving them the opportunity to advertise their merchandise in a high traffic area at no cost. 

Flourish Financial Group 
Flourish Financial Group is a financial education firm founded in 2019 by the late Elijah L. Lewis. The group has a network of over 30 Black and Indigenous community financial professionals that offer free financial literacy classes to Black and Indigenous communities. The curriculum includes career development, credit management, money management, financial investments, real estate, health and wellness, legal awareness, and generational Wealth.

Four Winds Foods 
Four Winds Foods is a catering business focusing on Indigenous foods that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and healthy meals. When serving these foods to community, Four Winds Foods demonstrate how we can strengthen our bodies and spirits and honor the lands and waters from which they are shared. With the purchase of a food truck, Four Winds Foods will be equipped to prepare and serve delicious, nutritious, and culturally rich indigenous foods to community.

Headwater People 
Headwater People was founded in 2013 in King County with the purposes of 1) using Indigenous principles and values for system change that benefits the entire community; 2) to increase organizations' value to their team members, constituents and clients, neighborhood, and the natural world around them; 3) and to advance the professional careers and vocational aspirations of Indigenous and Black change agents. 

HIQ Sign Co. 
HIQ Sign Co. is a Black-owned sign company designing, printing, and installing sign graphics for various companies, producing a variety of projects ranging from apartment banners to small business signage and trucking company sheets. 

Intentions was created as a home endeavor to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into daily life. The creation of Intentions was to have a place for community and to hold space for community events. It uses its space for yoga, workout sessions, as well as a spoken word poetry night, which allows the community to come together for healing in more than just one way.

Company of Contractors 
Company of Contractors is a client-centered consulting business that aims to increase investments in entrepreneurship opportunities for Black and Indigenous women veterans. Its four focus areas are to help the client emotionally and mentally, financial educational, and employment/entrepreneurship as an opportunity.

First Citizen Co
First Citizen Co. started in 2014 to create a positive modern-day representation in Indigenous communities through streetwear, art, music, and culture. First Citizen Co. has created a brand that helps combat harmful stereotypes, biases, and racism through positive representation and education. First Citizen Co. has built and continues to build connections in the Seattle-based Indigenous community through a myriad of ways, including but not limited to; artist collaboration with Seattle-based Indigenous artists, providing youth internships to Indigenous youth, educational community outreach through workshops and events, sponsoring Seattle based Indigenous artists, and direct collaboration with Indigenous nations and community organizations based in the Seattle area. 

Josephine Howell Productions 
Josephine Howell Productions focuses on sharing the gift of Restorative Music to uplift, inspire, heal, and change the narrative of how Black and Brown people see themselves in a world where they continue to face the harm that is pervasive to our financial, physical, and mental well-being due to systemic racism. The company recognizes the importance of and transformational power that using music in a restorative way can produce a platform for healing the trauma we have endured as a people through shared traditions and cultural practices in a soul-stirring, impactful, and sustainable way.

Started during the heart of the pandemic in March 2021 as Dr. Sabine Thomas' ultimate call for healing and support reflecting on her journey as a Black mother, a Naturopathic Physician and her relationship with her son, family, and community, JSOL STUDIOS' vision is to create a family-centered wellness experience anchored in Afro-centric and Afroindigenous wisdom. The business co-creates wellness programs along with families and organizations committed to advocating the holistic health and mental well-being of our Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities, prenatal to 12 years old. 

Jwavy Inc. 
Jwavy Inc. was established in 2021 to serve online micro-influencers, beginning in online apparel and graphic design. In 2022, Jwavy transitioned to graphic designing being the backbone of its business, creating design logos, apparel, flyers, posters, business cards, QR codes, brochures, business proposal decks, music album cover art, and more for various local small businesses, organizations, and music artists.

KLA Enterprises 
KLA Enterprises specializes in organizational development and change management, focusing on executive leadership, racial equity, antiracism assessment, facilitation, training, and transformational change. It is designing a virtual leadership development certification program to expand its leadership development efforts and continue work in racial equity and justice. This program will focus on training and developing Black executive leaders and board members and equip them with the necessary skills, knowledge, and resources to lead nonprofit organizations and begin dismantling systemic racism within their respective organizations and communities.

Po'Boy & Tings 
Po'Boy & Tings aims to deliver an authentic southern experience to each one of its customers, by providing that one of a kind New Orleans flavor and top tier customer service. Its main goal is to maintain absolute customer satisfaction with the freshest products, and best flavor at the most competitive prices. 

Love Light Energy Art Therapy 
Love Light Energy Art Therapy is an art-based therapeutic practice launched within King County in September of 2019 with the intention to serve Black and Brown people, couples, youth, adults, families, and community throughout King County. Over the past 3.25 years LLEAT has served approximately 40 Black and Brown individuals, couples, youth, adults, and families within King County through a private practice; and over 1,000 people across King County by way of retreats, workshops, organizational collaborations, and therapeutic engagements.

Lyles Investment Group
Lyles Investment Group, also known as Emerald City Financial, offers invaluable financial education and services to the Black community in King County. By offering credit consultations, negative account removals, and credit profile building, Emerald City Financial has helped over 1500 Black individuals in the King County community in the last two years. Its services have been instrumental in removing over a million dollars in debt, including medical collections, student loans, charged-off accounts, repossessions, foreclosures, credit cards, and loans.

Madison Avenue Salon 
Madison Avenue Salon is a place where women of all colors and economic backgrounds can gather to exchange ideals, network about jobs, education, housing, health, and current affairs. The owner has a career not only in cosmetology, but television, client celebrities, corporations, and more. The owner intends to create programs that encourage young Black and Indigenous youth to choose careers in hair makeup and film, providing education through onsite informational sessions, workshop-training, and tours to local film production facilities.

Considered a "hub" of the community, Marjorie offers a warm, welcoming environment that facilitates connection and camaraderie between a uniquely loyal and diverse clientele. In particular, Seattle's Black community has come to embrace Marjorie as one of the city's premier Black-owned businesses, and a gathering spot that reflects an inclusivity absent from the dining rooms of so many of Seattle's most popular and established restaurants. Marjorie focuses on mental / emotional health by offering a safe space through moments of joy and celebration that counteract experiences that raise suspicions of racism. Being safe isn't simply a consideration for security, but also the act of liberation, accepting the comfort of Blackness and Black spaces.

My Time For Massage
My Time For Massage opened in 2014, after the owner worked on their own trauma through massages. This encouraged them to help others understand what they had learned firsthand through their lived experience.  Trauma stored can cause harm that leads to mental illnesses, diseases, conditions, and literal limitations with high muscle tension. There is power in healing from things suppressed in the central nervous system. Funds would support regular care for those in Black and Indigenous communities over one year. 

Nguvu Productions 
Nguvu Productions is a film production company that was created to document stories relevant to the black community. Nguvu has partnered with Aaron and Elmer Dixon, the co-founders of the Seattle Black Panthers, to produce the first-ever full-length documentary film, Seattle Black Panthers Fight for Justice & Freedom, documenting their story of courage, heroism, and sacrifice for their community.

Off the Rez 
Off the Rez began as Seattle's first food truck to serve Native/Indigenous food. The business expanded to catering services due to many requests from the Native community. In late 2019, Off the Rez Cafe opened in the Burke Museum, becoming the first Native Cafe in Seattle that showcases post-colonial and pre-colonial foods, sharing Indigenous food and Indigenous culture with customers.

Olu Productions 
The mission of Olu Productions is to create and sustain a multi-divisional company focused on entertainment, clothing, and community building. The entertainment division centers on Olu and other young performing artists booking their dance, acting, and speaking engagements. The clothing line, called UPtimistic Gear, designs and sells t-shirts with empowering messages. The community building division is bringing other young Black entrepreneurs together to form a strong base of future community leaders.

ONi Arts Collective 
ONi Arts Collective is a cultural arts education company that provides creative arts experiences for youth and families, with a focus on dance and personal development. Its programming includes all-ages dance classes, after-school programming for high-school aged youth, dance performances, consulting, and events. 

Project 2000 Family Childcare Project 
2000 Family Childcare is a preschool program that engages in practices that support parents in preserving their culture by asking parents to provide songs, rhymes, and titles of books that we can add to the curriculum for cultural education. The program serves 95% African American and African immigrant families and 5% Hispanic families with subsidies. 

Quinton Morris 
Quinton Morris is a production company that produces a radio show and video series called Unmute The Voices, which celebrates the artistic vibrancy of People of Color who are composers and performers in classical music. Unmute The Voices has developed a national brand of promoting the importance of social justice and raising awareness around anti-racist practices in classical music and music education.

roJo Juice
roJo Juice's mission is to educate our people about how to remain healthy and in the event of illness, empower them to activate alternative ways to heal themselves from within. A Black and women-owned and run business in Pike Place Market, roJo Juice serves delicious cold pressed juice, with its primary goal to provide a resource for healthy and fresh options that benefit Seattle’s Black community and its allies. 

Rosy's Premium Cleaning Services LLC 
Rosy's Premium Cleaning Services LLC provides commercial cleaning and sanitation services to businesses in the King County area, as well as mobile detailing services.

Tachini Drums 
Tachini Drums is a business that is deeply rooted in the ancient art of drum crafting and the spiritual connection to the wisdom and knowledge of the ancestors. The business was started with the purpose of perpetuating this timeless tradition, building upon the knowledge of the medicine and healing power of Mother Earth's heartbeat. 

Tahoma Peak Solutions 
Tahoma Peak Solutions is a Native Woman-owned firm focused on empowering and building up Indigenous Communities. Tahoma Peak specializes in strategic communications and food systems planning and design. Founded in June 2021, the company works with Tribes, non-profits, educational institutions, and corporations to uplift Indigenous communities."

The Earth Gym LLC 
Rachel Heaton formally founded The Earth Gym LLC in 2020, intending to reconnect people to the land through the lens of Indigenous Sovereignty and wellness - both physical and mental. Through Earth Gym, Rachel brings groups of people out into nature to engage in ancestral practices centered on outdoor training methods that can strengthen the body while also healing the spirit and mind.

Three Guys Construction
Three Guys Construction is a family-owned business specializing in all concrete services, both residential and light commercial services. The owners organized an association for contractors called Seattle Islanders Masonry Association that met once a month to share ideas and collaborate on how to improve their individual businesses.

Nations Realty 
Nations Realty begins to undo the harms of racism through homeownership and helps bring healing and restoration by helping to achieve the American dream. When a Black individual becomes a homeowner, the effects are felt throughout the entire family. By providing safety and security, their children do better in school, allow the family to build wealth, help to create family stability, and inspire others in the Black community. 

Urban Family 
Urban Family was founded in 2007 by Paul and Shantel Patu, who are both recognized as youth and family intervention experts and community leaders. Urban Family serves the greater South Seattle Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and Polynesian families and communities, who have been historically marginalized and displaced with little access to resources and opportunities. With continuous research, evaluation, and development, Urban Family established a holistic approach to serving the disenfranchised BIPOC families, providing renewed hope. 

Vaughn Strategies 
Vaughn Strategies started in October 2020 in response to being asked to be the interim facilitator and project manager for the 2020 Washington Census Alliance, formed to collectively advocate for a significant investment of resources into BIPOC communities so that BIPOC communities could be accurately counted in the 2020 Census. Through providing coalition facilitation, project management, and planning the statewide conference kick-off to the 2020 Census strategic planning, Vaughn Consulting was able to build relationships with BIPOC organizations across the state. Vaughn Strategies also provides anti-racist strategic planning and facilitation to BIPOC-led organizations and works with government agencies to develop system changes for accountable relationships with community-based organizations and equitable funding and contracting models. 

MEND Seattle 
MEND Seattle started as a dream to offer therapy to communities historically underserved and sometimes dis-served by therapists and the counseling profession in general. MEND serves to meet multiple needs by providing: (1) a clinical training program for Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (QTBIPOC) therapists needing to complete internship requirements for their graduate programs; (2) reduced fee therapy sessions for clients who do not have access to insurance and cannot afford what many private and group practice therapists charge; and (3) skills, training, and resources for MEND therapists who decide to launch their own practices. 

Wemoonwalkerz LLC

Wemoonwalkerz LLCwas founded in 2020 out of a passion for photography and a commitment to creating a positive impact in the Black Arts community. Wemoonwalkerz LLC quickly built a reputation for high-quality services in photography, digital marketing, and web design services, and a commitment to social justice. Wemoonwalkerz works with local organizations that support Black and Indigenous communities, providing pro-bono photography and web design services for events and campaigns that promote social justice and equality. They work closely with clients to understand their cultural traditions and practices and recognize photography as a powerful tool for preserving cultural practices and memories. Through its photography services, Wemoonwalkerz actively works to combat negative stereotypes and harmful narratives about Black and/or Indigenous people that have been perpetuated by the media and popular culture and strives to create images that celebrate and uplift Black and/or Indigenous people, showcasing their strength, resilience, and beauty in a way that is authentic and respectful. By leveraging its skills and expertise, Wemoonwalkerz aims to amplify the voices and stories of these communities, increasing awareness and understanding of the challenges they face.

Baile Dior Studio
Baile Dior Studio's vision is to increase exposure and access to the history of African American artists, inventors, educators, and institutions to inspire BIPOC youth to find success and representation within themselves to improve the future of our community. The organization currently partners with Renton School District and Summit Charter School to provide performing arts programming to students during and after school. 

BIPOC Health Careers Ecosystem
The BIPOC Health Careers Ecosystem is dedicated to increasing the number of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in healthcare leadership positions in Washington State. As a collective impact-rooted organization, they connect with and cultivate value in healthcare leadership programs that support historically underserved and minoritized communities, ultimately leading to better health outcomes for these communities overall. 

Braided Seeds
Braided Seeds is a nonprofit committed to removing barriers to experiencing the wonders of the Pacific Northwest for the BIPOC community. Specific services include distributing free Discover Passes to the BIPOC community, partnering with schools to integrate Black-centered environmentalism and nature connection activities into the curriculum, sponsoring rest retreats for low-income Black, Indigenous, and Latinx community members, resourcing participants with gear, leading hiking, foraging, camping, and outdoor trips for BIPOC (predominantly Black) youth, and working with communities to find local ways to connect with the natural world. 

Causey’s Learning Center
Causey’s Learning Center is a Black-owned non-profit community-based agency in Seattle Washington’s Central District that provides comprehensive early childhood education services, family support activities, and engages in community collaboration. Its commitment to serving Black children and their families has been its mission since 1972.

Cierra Sisters 
Cierra Sisters exists to achieve equitable outcomes for Black women experiencing cancer and dismantle institutional racism in the cancer care system. Since 1996 Cierra Sisters has provided a trusted community-based resource and support network to overcome barriers to seeking and receiving adequate care. 

Conceivable Futures
Conceivable Futures was founded in 2016 by Sean Levias, a native of Seattle and a long-time community advocate. Mr. Levias started the organization to help first-generation students and their parents navigate the complex and unfamiliar college admissions processes, such as how to complete college applications, the FAFSA, and explore scholarship options.

Deconstructing the Mental Health System
Deconstructing the Mental Health System (DMHS) is a Black-led organization founded by Makinie Fortino in 2020 when she engaged a group of Mental Health Therapists and wellness providers to create a shared space to serve Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPoC) community during the intensified stressors through COVID and police violence. The aim of DMHS is to increase access to mental health, wellness care, wellness programs and remove barriers to care. 

Federal Way Warriors Athletics
Federal Way Warriors Athletics is a nonprofit community-organized rugby club, led by Pacific Islanders, whose mission is to help youth, families, and veterans develop their potential, allowing them to grow into healthy, educated, responsible, and productive adults by providing them opportunities to participate in team sports, cultural, and social activities. FWWA will build capacity for its program by increasing Indigenous Pacific Islander youth in recreational activities who do not have the economic means to participate in club sports. 

South Seattle Community Food Hub
The South Seattle Community Food Hub is an emerging community-led project that will support and promote a more local, just, and sustainable food economy by prioritizing capital resources, vital services, and much-needed infrastructure for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, Immigrant and Refugee-led and -serving growers, and hunger relief and food access organizations that have historically been excluded from such access. 

Gifts of Hope
Gifts of Hope is 'making a difference' in the community by meeting the physical, mental, and emotional gaps of Black Americans in South Seattle Communities for over 5 years. Its overarching goal is to improve school culture and climate for youth and young adults (age 14-24 yrs old) by creating a sense of belonging, building positive relationships and community district-wide, and increasing opportunities for engagement at every level. This will be achieved through one on one case management, mentorship, and opportunities.

Haida Roots
Haida Roots was formed out of an urgency to preserve the Haida language. Haida Roots believes it is critical to lay the foundation for language preservation now so that future generations can grow up knowing Xaad Kíl (Haida language). Preserving the Haida language works towards healing the community's mental health, improving social and emotional well-being, and strengthening families and communities so that its people can thrive.

Historic Central Area Arts & Cultural District
The Historic Central Area Arts & Cultural District is located in Seattle’s historically Black neighborhood; a geographic area that was originally redlined, relegating African American residency to this part of the City. It is a collective of arts and culture organizations, individual artists, and community members. Its projects and organization are guided by 3 Pillars: Preserving the African and African American legacy in the Central Area, sustaining and strengthening the physical identity and sense of place for cultural relevancy, and establishing a formalized forum for the continued support of artistic creation, economic vibrancy, livability, affordability, desirability, and artistic vitality. 

Imani’s Light 
Imani’s Light centers the experiences of grief, loss, and trauma of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color birthing families. Our care supports clients through grief from physical death, ambiguous loss, and the collective experience of grief and trauma throughout the perinatal period. 

Inspired Child Community
Inspired Child Community is a nonprofit organization whose specific purpose is to use art as a form of expression to innovate, educate, empower, and heal. Inspired Child Community is an empowered organization that offers free access to high-quality, arts and technology education and artist development programs that promote communal and individual healing; build strength and resilience; explore and celebrate Black and African heritage and culture.

The Marvin Thomas Memorial Fund
The Marvin Thomas Memorial Fund is a Black-led 501c3 located in Seattle that focuses on serving Black youth in King County, ages 5-18 in four key areas of development: health and fitness, athletics, character and leadership, and the performing arts, with a community-centric lens. The nonprofit has a rich history of serving the underserved and marginalized Black community of King County. MTMF was founded in 1998 to honor the work ethic, resilience, and service of Mr. Marvin Thomas, who migrated from rural Mississippi in the 1960s and became a pillar, activist, and mainstay in Seattle's Black athletic community. 

More to Life
More to Life is a youth mentorship organization that has been running youth groups and mentorship in the King County area for over 10 years.  More to Life centers on providing Black youth with safety, nurture, and unconditional acceptance, which are not always accessible to them as they navigate society and systems plagued with systemic racism.

No More Under
No More Under is a Black-led nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing childhood drowning through water safety education, legislation, and increasing equitable access to swimming lessons and tools. Its programs are developed to promote equity in aquatics which serves to improve health and wellness outcomes for Black youth. 

People First Financial Solutions
People First Financial Solutions is a nonprofit financial coaching organization to heal and then provide the Black community with tools that can be implemented immediately to change their financial status. The organization is changing the lives of people in the community by providing highly effective financial education and coaching skills so that they will overcome poverty and achieve financial success. 

Pacific Northwest Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (PNW BIPOC) Farmland Trust
The Pacific Northwest Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (PNW BIPOC) Farmland Trust is an emerging land trust that believes a key determinant of BIPOC communities' health outcomes is food sovereignty, where BIPOC farmers and communities have authority over the means of food production and distribution. The trust is working to get BIPOC farmers affordable, flexible, and equitable access to farmlands and provide wrap-around services, including culturally-responsive business coaching, technical assistance, and grant writing. 

Port of Support & Pathwayz to Success
Port of Support & Pathwayz to Success is a multi-service center community-based organization that empowers and restores  Black families and individuals socially, intellectually, and economically in a manner that helps them maximize their potential and improve their quality of living. From 2021-2022, the organization visited 10 different housing properties and local libraries within King County to provide 1,789 King County residents with on-the-spot help completing their rental assistance applications to avert evictions.

Seattle King County African American Reparations Committee (SAARC)
Through research and proposal development, the Seattle King County African American Reparations Committee (SAARC) will generate specific content for a reparations proposals for Seattle - King County. Through its community organizing, SAARC will build solid, informed community support for reparations. The reparations plan will increase wealth and stable housing, economic empowerment, access to health care and nutrition, education, protect civil rights and reverse injustices in the criminal justice system for African Americans. 

Team Dean
Team Dean is a basketball program changing lives for inner-city kids. Founded by a first-generation high school and college graduate who overcame immense challenges, including brain surgery, Team Dean not only helps young athletes refine their basketball skills but also focuses on dismantling systemic racism, developing life skills, and fostering leadership.

The Common Acre
The Common Acre was formed in 2012 with the mission of restoring relationships between people and the land through ecology, agriculture, and art, and the vision of people living in right relationship with the earth and each other, sustaining a healthy planet and thriving, interdependent communities. The Common Acre has operated a variety of programs to respond to the crisis of climate change, and to develop a racially just food system.

The Feels Foundation
The Feels Foundation began seven years ago as a community art showcase, led by Zach Self and Tori Kirihara, intended to provide a space for emerging artists to display their work and for Seattle’s art community to come together in a dynamic and inclusive environment. It’s since blossomed into a full-fledged non-profit arts organization dedicated to cultivating and nurturing community and the creative brilliance of Black and Brown artists and youth. With a focus on racial equity, the organization funds, supports, and advocates for arts and culture through creative programming and education.

The Nature Project
The Nature Project's mission is to empower young adults to cultivate intentional, healthy, and connected lives through impactful outdoor experiences alongside professional athletes. With a focus on black teens, the organization provides access and opportunity to experience the power of nature to those who have historically not had these opportunities.

Tongan Community Resource Center
The Tongan Community Resource Center (TCRC) primarily advocates on behalf of the Tongan Diaspora in Washington state whose families are originally from the King of Tonga in the South Pacific. TCRC was activated in 2020 due to the volcanic eruption that devasted the region and took a great economic toll on Tongans here in Washington state as they reallocated their economic resources to support their extended kin in the homeland who not only suffered the economic crisis of COVID, but whose homes were destroyed by the eruption. TCRC has also provided advocacy supports for Tongans during Covid 19 through accessible vaccination sites, providing cultural food supports, supporting Tongans needing employment supports, providing Tongan communications and translations for Tongan families, advocacy and programming for seniors, and much more. 

Wa Na Wari 
Sited in a fifth-generation, Black-owned home, Wa Na Wari is an immersive community art project that reclaims Black cultural space and makes a statement about the importance of Black land ownership in gentrified communities. Its mission is to create space for Black ownership, possibility, and belonging through art, historic preservation, and connection. 

These frequently asked questions (FAQs) come from questions received via email and during our informational sessions hosted in February 2023. It will be updated regularly as we receive more questions and is subject to change.

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It is important to us to make this grant process as welcoming and easy as possible for all applicants, with a goal to support those organizations and businesses with the greatest needs for technical assistance and capacity building, who focus on serving local Black and/or Indigenous communities.

Our Technical Assistance and Capacity Building partners are available to help with the following activities from January 31 to April 11, 2023:

  • Grant writing and grant budget development
  • Accounting
  • Grant management
  • Designing data collection methods
  • Strategic planning

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Organizations and businesses of the following type and size are highly encouraged to use technical assistance resources:

 Community-rooted, grassroots groups and organizations, with a fiscal sponsor currently registered as a business or non-profit with Washington State. OR

Non-profits currently registered with Washington State
 Equal to or less than $100,000 in annual total revenue OR

3 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
 Businesses currently registered with Washington State, including all proper, applicable licenses and permits. This includes corporations, LLCs, general and limited partnerships, and sole proprietorships.

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 Equal to or less than $1,000,000 in gross annual total revenue OR

5 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees



Grant Priorities 

Together, The Gathering Collaborative and King County aim to invest in a wide range of services, programs, operations, community advocacy efforts, and physical infrastructure designed and delivered through community-based service providers and businesses that move the needle on the established grantmaking priorities. 


Learn more about each funding priority by using the accordions below.

    1. Increase investments in and improve wraparound services to provide family and community-based approach to mental and physical health focused on the whole community, and the whole person
    2. Invest in and increase culturally rooted, community-rooted mental health providers, services, and/or entities
    3. Invest in and improve Black and Indigenous healthcare and wellness overall
    4. Increase resources / funds for Healthy Aging support by increasing and creating multigenerational spaces, activities, use of arts toward social justice, health literacy services, and education around medical language (an umbrella of services)
    5. Increase investments in efforts that center and advance Black and Indigenous joy, play, wellness, mental health, and resilience
    6. Increase and improve access to culturally appropriate, reflective, and rooted services for reproductive, women's rights
    7. Improve support for family caregivers that strengthen networks of care
    8. Improve and increase youth safety
    9. Invest in environmental justice and recognize that it is interconnected to climate change based on where Black and Indigenous communities live, work, play, and pray
    10. Invest in resources that improve health of Black and Indigenous birthing people and after birth for the birther and baby
    11. Acknowledge and repair harm done to Black and Indigenous women
    12. Acknowledge and address various types of system violence that disproportionally affect Black and Indigenous women, LGBTQ2S people as victims of sexual assault 
  1. Increase support and utilization of banks, businesses, educational entities, philanthropy whose work are led by and that serve Black and Indigenous communities
  2. Increase investments in entrepreneurship opportunities for Black and Indigenous women
  3. Help youth get better education and allow them to build leadership and cognitive skills
  4. Support new and developing entrepreneurship in Black and Indigenous communities
  5. Provide a social safety net to be able to support people in meeting their material needs
  1. Ensure housing resources are equitably distributed particularly to Black and Indigenous homeless community members
  2. Create conditions and places to prioritize housing stability of Black and Indigenous families and individuals and prevent them from going into homelessness in the first place
  3. Relieve financial burden of elders in Black and Indigenous communities who are experiencing gentrification pressures and help keep our elders in the homes that they are in
  4. Acknowledge and repair harm done to Black and Indigenous women
  1. Increase Black and Indigenous representation and leadership in decision-making roles across various healthcare professions and systems through workforce development
  2. Help youth get better education and allow them to build leadership and cognitive skills
  3. Increase access to Black and Indigenous-rooted education opportunities for STEM for Black and Indigenous families and their children
  4. Acknowledge and address various impacts of racism in schools on Black and Indigenous young people
  5. Invest in and/or increase access to mentors, field trips, afterschool snacks and activities, etc.
  6. Support new and developing entrepreneurship in Black and Indigenous communities
  7. Improve, increase access to and investment in arts and culture for our Black and Indigenous youth
  1. Increase Black and Indigenous representation and leadership in decision-making roles across various healthcare professions and systems through workforce development
  2. Reduce the burden on community of receiving funding, including reporting requirements
  3. Help youth get better education and allow them to build leadership and cognitive skills
  4. Increase tracking and transparency of how funding is being directed (revisit if done toward our health and wellness)
  5. Invest in and increase community defined, built, and owned culturally rooted data gathering and research
  6. Grow regional advocacy and power to continue this work 
  7. Improve, increase access to and investment in arts and culture for our Black and Indigenous youth

Grant Categories and Criteria

Four grant categories will be available to applicants based on the organization type and size, and each category has both general and specific eligibility criteria. Use the accordion function below to view specific criteria for each grant category and application. 


Organizations who are doing the work in community as described and meet the minimum criteria below are eligible to apply for funding. All organizations that meet the minimum eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply. 


To be eligible, your community-led organization must be: 

  • Located and operating in King County OR 
  • Primarily and directly serving King County residents 

AND your organization must be: 

  • Dismantling systemic racism and working to undo its harms to address the public health crisis; 
  • Able to show their deep roots in local Black and/or Indigenous communities (see focus populations) through their effective connections, partnerships, and accountability within the communities; 
  • Reflective of the Black and/or Indigenous communities they serve as indicated by how they center their work in traditions, cultural practices, and approaches to providing services; and  
  • Able to advance the priorities and well-being of these communities who are most harmed by racism (see Focus Populations). 

AND your organization must be of one of the following types (depending on the grant category):

  • Non-profits currently registered with Washington State  
  • Businesses currently registered with Washington State, including all proper, applicable licenses and permits. This includes corporations, LLCs, general and limited partnerships, and sole proprietorships. 
  • Community-rooted, grassroots groups and organizations, with a fiscal sponsor currently registered as a business or non-profit with Washington State. Fiscal sponsors will be required to sign the grant agreement with the County. Fiscal sponsors may also apply on behalf of grassroots groups. 

Community-led organizations of one of the following types: 

  • Non-profits currently registered with Washington State OR 
  • Community-rooted, grassroots groups and organizations, with a fiscal sponsor currently registered as a business or non-profit with Washington State. 

AND of the following size: 

  • More than $100,000 in total annual revenue OR 
  • 4 or more full-time equivalent (FTE) employees  

Total available funding for this category: $9,563,000 

Minimum award: $100,000 

Maximum award: up to 50% of the highest total annual revenue during 2019-2022 OR $550,000 -- whichever amount is lower. 

Community-led organizations of one of the following types:

  • Non-profits currently registered with Washington State OR
  • Community-rooted, grassroots groups and organizations, with a fiscal sponsor currently registered as a business or non-profit with Washington State. 

AND of the following size: 

  • Equal to or less than $100,000 in annual total revenue OR
  • 3 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees  

Total Available Funding for this grant category: $3,312,500 

Minimum award:$25,000 

Maximum award: $125,000 

A community-led organization that is:

  • Located and operating in King County AND 
  • Non-profits currently registered with Washington State, OR 
  • Non-profit developers registered with Washington State that are working in partnership with non-profit organizations registered with Washington State 

Total available funding for this grant category: $6,000,000 

Maximum award of $3 million per project 


Businesses that meet ALL of the following: 

  • Businesses currently registered with Washington State, including all proper, applicable licenses and permits. This includes corporations, LLCs, general and limited partnerships, and sole proprietorships. 
  • Located and operating in King County  
  • Primarily and directly serving King County residents 
  • Equal to or less than $5,000,000 in gross annual total revenue  
  • 50 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees 
  • In business since at or before January 1, 2022 

Total available funding for this grant category: $6,125,000

Minimum and maximum awards:

  • For businesses with revenue less than $1M: up to $100K 
  • For businesses w/revenue over $1M: up to 11% of the highest annual revenue during 2019-2022 OR $550,000 -- whichever amount is lower.  

Grant Application Review Purpose and Process

To tackle the public health crisis of racism, the Gathering Collaborative and King County strived to invest in a wide range of services, programs, operations, community advocacy efforts, and physical infrastructure projects. The grant award process focused on these established priority areas:

Health & Wellness – Increasing investments in mental and physical health, culturally rooted and community-rooted care, healthy aging, family caregivers and networks of care, youth safety, environmental justice, and resources that improve the health of Black and Indigenous birthing people and their babies who reside in King County.

Economic Stability and Strengthening – Supporting small businesses to provide public benefits including entrepreneurship opportunities, leadership skills development, increase in staff hiring or providing staff benefits, and provide social safety net services and community building for Black and Indigenous communities, improving the overall health and wellness of these communities and beyond. Investing in economic empowerment and wealth generation in historically underinvested and underserved communities to advance economic justice, is critical to addressing racism as a public health crisis.

Housing – Ensuring equitable distribution of housing resources and improving housing stability for Black and Indigenous community members and elders residing in King County, especially those experiencing gentrification pressures, and preventing homelessness.

Education – Investing in workforce development, entrepreneurship, arts and culture, youth programming, and addressing impacts of racism in schools on Black and Indigenous young people of King County.

Power & Capacity Building – Focusing on smaller organizations to grow regional advocacy, leadership, and power to serve Black and Indigenous communities within King County while investing community defined data, research, transparency and tracking of investments.

These priorities contribute to the health and well-being of Black and Indigenous communities – those who are most directly and disproportionately harmed by racism. The purpose of these priorities is to dismantle racism, tackle the root causes of harm that make it a public health crisis, and repair those harms and improve the health and well-being of all communities across King County.

These investments aim to bring social, economic, and emotional stability as well as healing, well-being, and restoration for Black and Indigenous people and their communities so that all People of Color and all communities across King County can thrive.

After engaging in a lengthy and deliberate design and community review process, The Gathering Collaborative's recommendations reflect a more equitable distribution of King County’s $25 million of investments in community service providers, non-profit organizations, grassroots organizations, and small businesses to support their growth and entrepreneurship in repairing the deep harms of racism worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizations are listed as “recommended” until they complete the contracting process.

Application review process

Infographic in yellow, orange, salmon colors. Icons and brief descriptions of each of the three phases of the grant application review process.

The purpose and intent of the review phases were designed and decided on by the Gathering Collaborative, with King County staff serving as facilitators and providing technical assistance. Gathering Collaborative members and vetted community members participated in the Phase 1 review, and only Gathering Collaborative members participated in Phases 2 and 3. Each reviewer completed onboarding and anti-bias training. After clearing conflict of interest screening, members were placed in application review categories.

Phase 1: Community members reviewed and scored each of the 783 applications in Phase 1. Each application was assigned two community reviewers. Total scores varied by grant application category. For every application in Phase 1, assigned community reviewers ranked the strength of responses to each question on Zoomgrants based on established scoring criteria, on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being “a strong response when it meets most and/or all of the scoring criteria”. The rankings were then automatically converted to the share of the total points available for each question, based on multipliers. The pair of reviewers then discussed their initial scores, confirmed their individual final scores in Zoomgrants, and indicated their understanding of which of the focus populations are being served by the applicant as described in the application. Zoomgrants generated an average score per application as the final numeric score.

Phase 2: Only Gathering Collaborative members participated in Phase 2. Application scores were distributed on bell curves specific to each grant category. Two cohort-specific reviews were conducted – one cohort centering on Black perspectives and the other centering on Indigenous perspectives. Each cohort relied on the bell curves to decide on a manageable review load due to the high volume of applications; generally, The Gathering Collaborative cohorts reviewed applications that scored in the upper middle and higher end of scores from Phase 1 for each of the four grant categories.

Each cohort gave each of those applications a second assessment of “highly aligned,” “somewhat aligned,” “not aligned,” or “unsure” based on how closely the applicant’s work and ideas as described in their application aligned to advancing the Gathering Collaborative’s stated values, commitment and accountability to investment criteria, and priorities to tackle the negative impacts and root causes of racism. In cases where an application was reviewed by both cohorts and received different assessments, then the higher value was given to the application. A high score in Phase 1 did not necessarily receive a “high alignment” in Phase based on this additional review.

Phase 3: Gathering Collaborative grant category subgroups reviewed applications assessed as “highly aligned” and “somewhat aligned” to recommend awards while prioritizing organizations and businesses with the greatest need for investment. The demand for funding far outpaced the available funding; not all applications that were high scoring in Phase 1 and/or “highly aligned” in Phase 2, were ultimately recommended for funding. King County staff oversaw additional quality assurance (QA) measures in this pre-award phase, including confirming applicants met the eligibility requirements based on the information provided, and raised potential issues with the Gathering Collaborative. After this layer of QA from staff, The Gathering Collaborative’s final recommendations were moved to King County leadership for independent review and decision on final concurrence with those recommendations.

Grant Documents

  • General Grant Application - $25M Grants to Start to Address Racism as a Public Health Crisis (View application in PDF form). Application closed. 
  • Capacity-Building Grants for Community Service Providers Application - $25M Grants to Start to Address Racism as a Public Health Crisis (View application in PDF form). Application closed. 
  • Small Business Grant Application -  $25M Grants to Start to Address Racism as a Public Health Crisis (View application in PDF form). Application closed. 
  • Physical Infrastructure Grant Application - $25M Grants to Start to Address Racism as a Public Health Crisis (View application in PDF form). Application closed. 

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