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Washington Youth and Families Fund Grant

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Agencies, and Groups to
Increase Access to Stable Housing for Homeless Youth and Families

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Foundation / Corporation

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Building Changes - Washington Youth and Families Fund

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Deadline Date:

01/23/19 4:00 PM PDT


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Grants to Washington nonprofits, tribes, agencies and community organizations to help young people and families move from homelessness to stable housing. Funding is intended to support the Diversion program, an approach that provides assistance to families experiencing homelessness to become housed quickly and safely. Geographic service area must be outside of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.

Building Changes utilizes data, research, and best practices to develop, implement, and advance strategies that help families and young people move out of homelessness and into stable housing. Governments, philanthropies, and nonprofits are pulled together to improve local homeless systems as well as other sectors that serve people experiencing homelessness. Counties and nonprofits are assisted in identifying and eliminating racial disparities within their systems and structures to ensure that their services are accessible, inclusive, and equitable.

Funded activities can include:
- Crisis counseling, planning, and support to reach a timely resolution of housing crisis.
- Advocacy, mediation, and dispute resolution services with landlords, family, or friends to secure housing.
- Navigation to connect families to mainstream and community-based services, including but not limited to: Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS); financial counseling; energy assistance; community resources such as food/clothing banks; and legal, employment, and/or education services.
- Direct financial assistance to families including, but not limited to:
- Utility payments, arrears, or deposits.
- Moving cost assistance (e.g. moving vehicle rental, storage costs, etc.).
- Legal fees required to access or maintain housing.
- Interpreter/translation fees related to accessing or maintain housing.
- Car repairs, gas vouchers, bus tickets, or other transportation costs related to employment, childcare, or education.
- Other reasonable transportation fees to relocate participants if their primary housing solutions are out of the county or state.
- Certifications/license fees or materials related to employment.
- One-time rental assistance.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142149

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Building Changes will award a grant to two or three agencies.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding from Building Changes will be provided for up to two years.

Term of Contract:

Project contracts are expected to begin May 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following agencies and organizations are eligible for funding: nonprofits, local tribes, housing authorities, and/or community-based organizations. Geographic service area must be outside of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.

Eligible agencies must:
- Not be currently utilizing Diversion as a strategy.
- Participate in Coordinated Entry.

Eligible agencies must be able to provide Building Changes with de-identified, individual-level data from HMIS and Coordinated Entry. If the agency is not the HMIS and/or Coordinated Entry operator in the community, it must be able to provide assurances from the operator that data will be available. Building Changes will use this data for evaluation purposes only and will protect confidentiality by reporting only aggregated data and results.

If proposing to subcontract with partners, the lead agency must have procedures in place to properly monitor and support sub-grantees.

Eligible Clients: Families are defined as:
- One or more adults living with one or more children under 18 years of age.
- One or more adults with a child that is currently living away, but with a defined timeline for reunification that is within three months.
- An adult that shares custody with another adult and has custody for at least 50 percent of the time.
- A pregnant woman over 18 years of age.

Eligible families must also be:
- Unsheltered or living in a place not meant for human habitation (including the streets or in their car).
- In shelter.
- Fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, and lack resources and support networks to obtain other permanent housing.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be a virtual RFP Q&A session on January 9, 2019, 9:30-11:00 am.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applicant Selection and Awards Timeline

December 17, 2018: Application materials made available
January 9, 2019 – 9:30-11:00 am: Application Q&A Virtual Meeting
January 23, 2019: Proposals due to Building Changes by 4:00 pm
February 28, 2019: All applicants notified of site visit selections
March 4-8, 2019: Site Visits to finalists
April 5, 2019 – tentative: Notify grantees of award
May 1, 2019 – tentative: Contracts in place with grantees

Please submit via email one (1) copy of the application that includes: application narrative, budget worksheets and supplemental materials.

The Review Panel will recommend agencies that submit the strongest proposals for a site visit. Building Changes will coordinate directly with agency staff to schedule and execute mutually agreeable visits during March 4-8, 2019.

Executive directors of applicant agencies will be notified regarding the status of their funding award in April 2019. Project contracts are expected to begin May 1, 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Completed applications should be sent to Building Changes via e-mail to:

Disks to:
Washington Youth & Families Fund - 2018 Application
c/o Jessamyn Findlay, Building Changes
1200 12th Avenue South, Suite 1200
Seattle, WA 98144

Questions can be submitted in writing and directed via e-mail to

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Outside of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.