Resilience Fund 2019
The Resilience Fund will support community-based nonprofits in King County seeking flexible funding to address unanticipated and emerging challenges that impact marginalized populations in our region. These nonprofits are 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.
Seattle Foundation created the Resilience Fund in 2017 as a vehicle for timely, flexible grantmaking to address these urgent needs due to a current shift in federal policies, funding and the national political climate.
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 with the communities your organization serves in King County;
Have staff and/or board leadership that reflect the communities they serve (e.g., communities of color, immigrants, low-wage workers, people with disabilities, low-income residents or LGBTQIA+ community members);
Serve and are led by immigrants and refugees, women and girls, LGBTQIA+ populations, Black, Indigenous and other systematically oppressed populations facing emerging challenges due to current policy decisions;
Work to advance racial and economic equity;
Have activities already underway in King County;
Propose projects that are equitable, inclusive, help communities adjust to rapidly changing conditions and offer immediate impact;
Demonstrate expertise in their particular issue/field.
Please note: if your application proposal is regarding 2020 census outreach, please visit our Current Grant Opportunities page to learn more about our Regional Census Fund. We're not accepting Resilience Fund applications with a core focus on census outreach.
Here are the Resilience Fund Narrative section instructions and questions in case you would like to prepare before logging in:
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 = 100 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. Please explain specifically what unanticipated challenges or existing, amplified threats due to the national political climate 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.How does the organization’s leadership (staff/board) reflect the race, ethnicity, age, gender and challenges faced within the community you represent? For example: Please list the percentage of your staff and board of directors who are people of color or represent the specific population you aim to serve?
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?
4. How many unique individuals will your organization be able to offer services to through this grant if your project is fully funded?
5. How will your organization evaluate progress and/or success if funded?
Seattle Foundation will offer two public info sessions to learn more about this grant opportunity:
September 9, 2019 (Webinar)
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (PST)
RSVP to attend the webinar
September 18, 2019 (Public information session)
6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. (PST)
Northwest African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, WA 98144
RSVP to attend the public information session