Seattle Foundation created the Resilience Fund in 2017 as a vehicle for timely, flexible grantmaking to address urgent needs due to a shift in federal policies, funding and the national political climate. The Resilience Fund has supported community-based nonprofits in King County with flexible funding to address unanticipated and emerging challenges that impact marginalized populations in our region. Grants were made to nonprofits facing increased needs for support, legal guidance, organizing and advocacy to address threats and discrimination based on factors including race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability and country of origin. As we see nationwide uprisings related to anti-Black racism and attacks against the Black community, we are targeting our focus for our 2020 Resilience Fund grant cycle.
In 2020, the Resilience Fund grant cycle will only accept applications from previous Resilience Fund grantees and from Black-led organizations. Black-Led Organizations (BLOs) are registered nonprofit organizations or community groups with predominantly Black staff, leadership and Board that focus on serving the native-born Black community.
As a previous Resilience Fund grantee or Black-led organization we are interested in supporting your ongoing work to respond to amplified threats due to decisions of the current federal administration and national discourse. Requests for our 2020 grant cycle can be for continued support of activities outlined in previous proposals or new activities. As in the past, the proposed activities must be tied to providing critical services to immigrants and refugees, Black community, and other vulnerable residents whose health, safety, and human rights are at risk.
We're looking to fund organizations that:
- Can make a clear link between specific policy decisions at the national level directly causing amplified threats, erosion of rights or discrimination to the communities your organization serves in King County;
- Propose projects that are equitable, inclusive, help communities adjust to rapidly changing conditions and offer immediate impact;
- Have staff and/or board leadership that reflect the communities you serve (e.g., Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), immigrants, people with disabilities, low-income residents or LGBTQIA+ community members);
- Is actively working to advance racial and economic equity;
- Train and engage community leaders in advocacy, base building and community organizing;
- Have activities already underway in King County;
- Demonstrate expertise in their particular issue/field.
Projects eligible for funding for this round of funding are limited to:
- Preserving the rights of vulnerable communities.
- Protecting immigrant families including; access to legal representation for unaccompanied minors.
- Promoting the understanding of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and to support outreach to DACA-eligible residents.
- Providing support services for transgender residents seeking increased protection from discrimination.
- Working to end anti-Black racism, police brutality, dismantling systems of oppression and designing new ways of being that center joy and justice for BIPOC communities.
Please note: if your organization is seeking funding to address community needs related to COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Response Fund to learn more about future grantmaking opportunities. We are not accepting Resilience Fund applications with a core focus on COVID-19 relief or recovery efforts.
To comply with reporting requirements from local and national funders supporting the fund, grantees must complete an interim report by April 1, 2021. Seattle Foundation will organize a webinar in early 2021 to explain reporting requirements and what information certain grantees should be tracking as they implement their projects.
Please email Jonathan Cunningham at email@example.com with any questions. Up-to-date deadlines are on the Resilience Fund section of our grant opportunities page. Seattle Foundation hosted a Resilience Fund public info session on Friday, September 11th for potential grant seekers. A recording of that webinar is available for anyone who wasn’t able to attend but wants to get more information about potentially applying.
Below you’ll see the narrative questions that are asked in the application. Narrative question responses are limited to 500 words.
Write a narrative response to sections A and B, answering each section relevantly and completely. Applications will be rated only on the information requested and outlined for this application.
Total score = 80 points.
A) PROJECT PURPOSE, ACTIVITIES AND OUTCOMES (40 POINTS)
1. Briefly describe your organization’s main focus of work.
2. Why are you applying for the Resilience Fund? What outcome(s) do you plan to achieve as a result of this funding?
3. 3. Please explain specifically what unanticipated challenges or existing, amplified threats due to the current national political climate and/or anti-Black racism your organization is seeking to address right now.
4. Please describe why you think your organization is well-positioned to directly address these unanticipated challenges or amplified threats your community is facing.
5. Please list all proposed activities and a timeframe.
B) COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY (40 POINTS)
1. Will your organization be providing culturally and/or linguistically specific services to Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) individuals or other disenfranchised communities as a part of this grant request? If so, please describe how your services are culturally/or linguistically specific.
2. If applicable, please list what other local partners you will be collaborating with if you receive this funding, what communities/demographics they represent and why you’re choosing to partner with them.
3. What outreach methods will your organization use if funded to ensure the targeted population is aware these services exist? Please be as specific as possible given the need for social distancing in light of COVID-19.
4. How many unique individuals will your organization be able to offer services to through this Resilience fund grant if your project is fully funded?
5. How will your work support community leaders in advocacy, base building and community organizing?