2020 Census Funding Opportunity
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WASHINGTON CENSUS EQUITY FUND & THE REGIONAL CENSUS FUND
The Washington Census Equity Fund is a statewide philanthropic pooled fund to support the 2020 Census efforts to ensure a robust and accurate census. This fund, composed of philanthropic fund partners, aligned funders and representatives from community organizations including the Census Alliance, is managed by Philanthropy Northwest.
The Regional Census Fund is a partnership of the Seattle Foundation, City of Seattle and King County aimed at a robust and accurate census throughout King County. This fund is managed by Seattle Foundation and comprises Seattle Foundation, City of Seattle, and King County.
STATEWIDE AND REGIONAL FUNDING GOALS
The Washington Census Equity Fund and the Regional Census Fund maximize the impact of philanthropic resources to support the desired outcome of a robust, fair and accurate 2020 Census count across the state and to create a model for community mobilization beyond. In order to support coordination between funders and equitably resource efforts across the state, the Washington Census Equity Fund and the Regional Census Fund are working together with a shared request for proposal and application portal. The Washington Census Equity Fund will focus on efforts across Washington and the Regional Census Fund will focus on work in King County.
The overarching desired outcomes of this effort are to organize, inform, and activate residents in historically underrepresented communities that are at risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census.
We are prioritizing applications from:
- Community-based and grassroots nonprofits, and tribes
- Led, staffed or guided by individuals, reflecting the race, ethnicity and culture of the communities being served;
- Showcase a history or demonstrated ability to reach and engage members from their communities; and
- Have a plan for engaging historically undercounted communities.
APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
- Organizations with tax exempt 501(c)(3) status, and/or tribes
- Community groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization.
- Organizations and coalitions working in the identified hard-to-count communities and geographies
With the current availability of funds, our goal is to support an early launch to help organizations raise awareness about the census, make plans, coordinate efforts, and understand their community needs and gaps that need to be addressed for a full census count. In this first round of funding (Spring 2019), applicants are encouraged to assess their readiness to plan, organize and implement activities and decide on one of the funding approaches below that is best suited for their capacity and commitment to undertake census efforts in their community.
Census Planning and Mobilization - $20,000 to $50,000
This tier of funding supports a sustained effort over the next year that provides ongoing outreach, education and technical assistance related to the census up to and through the count. This level would support ongoing operations within a lead organization to lead or coordinate the census work.
Examples of funding activities include:
- Local nonprofits and community-based groups create trainings, awareness campaigns, and educational materials about the census.
- Trusted community organizations and leaders engage their constituents to develop a plan for census outreach and participation in April 2020.
- Anchor organizations selected by community to facilitate partnerships and coordinate census planning activities for the next stage of targeted outreach and technical assistance.
Census Education and Outreach - $5,000 to $15,000
This tier of funding supports one-time or periodic activities to raise awareness of the census and support those completing the count. This level supports events, tabling or other integration of census related activities into programmatic activities of applicants.
Examples of funding activities include:
- Outreach activities in diverse communities to raise awareness about the census.
- Technical assistance and communications support such as internet access, language translation, and other accessibility accommodations.
- Workshops, public campaigns, and informal gatherings to address census-related concerns and questions.
- Trainings with nonprofits on effective outreach tactics and methods for identifying and engaging hard-to-reach communities.
- Outreach efforts and messaging during nonresponse follow-up phase.
“Census Friday” Info Session Calls
“Census Friday” calls are scheduled on April 19 and 26, and May 3 at 10 a.m. PT. Calls will be in audio format only.
Conference line: (267) 930-4000
Participant code: 329-709-300
FUNDING TIMELINE AND PROCESS
- April 15- May 15, 2019: Round One Open Request for Proposals (RFP) in which eligible groups may submit a proposal for consideration for funding.
- May 15, 2019: Proposal submission deadline
- May 16, 2019 – Early June: Review and selection will be based on satisfactory responses to the proposal questions and availability of funds, as well as other criteria noted below
- June 15, 2019: Round One applicants notified by email of funding decisions
- Late June 2019: Round One grantees awarded funds; interim updates on grant activities expected periodically through the grant period
- Fall 2019: Round Two Open Request for Proposals
- April 1, 2020: 2020 Census Day
- April-June 2020: Census Non-Response Follow-Up (reaching those who have not completed the census)
- July 2020: Final Grant Report
HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Proposals must be completed online by 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2019. Alternatively, if the proposal is mailed, it must be received no later than May 15, 2019 at Seattle Foundation, 1601 Fifth Ave., Suite 1900, Seattle, WA 98101.
For additional questions on submitting a proposal, please email:
Washington Census Equity Fund (Statewide): Leslie Silverman at CensusEquity@PhilanthropyNW.org
Regional Census Fund (King County): Bao-Tram Do at B.Do@seattlefoundation.org
Washington Census Equity Fund (Statewide): https://philanthropynw.org/washington-census-equity-fund
Regional Census Fund (King County): https://www.seattlefoundation.org/nonprofits/nonprofitgrantopportunities