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Youth Grantmaking Board (YGB) RFP

Grants to Washington Nonprofits for Programs
that Address Youth Homelessness in King County

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Seattle Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/27/19 5:00 PM PDT


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to Washington nonprofit organizations for programs to reduce homelessness among youth in King County. Funding is intended for programs that address homelessness in a creative and innovative way and that may not be receiving sufficient funding from other sources.

There is a homeless crisis in Seattle. Not only is housing a basic need and right, but it impacts all facets of one’s quality of life including the ability to seek better education, find meaningful careers, and contribute to a stronger community. In addition, systemic racism and institutional barriers, often beyond the control of the individual, have deepened the homeless crisis and disproportionately affects youth, people of color, LGBTQ+ and others.

The YGB understands that the issue of homelessness must be tackled from many strategies, including prevention, direct service provision, increased youth leadership, and upstream advocacy/policy change. The YGB will give priority to programs or projects that:
- Focus on youth of color, veterans, LGBTQ+ and other marginalized communities
- Reflect the communities they serve in leadership positions and/or at the organization's board of directors
- Led by smaller organizations generally at $500,000 or less in annual budget
- Have a clear timeline and program or project focus (versus general operating support) .

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184046

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

YGB will award one to three, one-time, one-year grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

YGB will consider all funding requests of up to $20,000 but recommend that proposals are at a minimum of $5,000.

Term of Contract:

The duration of project funding is July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicant organizations must be located in King County and must qualify as tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Service Code or be fiscally sponsored by one.
- Have an average annual operating budget of $500,000 or less in the last three years.
- Organizations with religious affiliations will be considered for grants only if their activities address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs. Proposed projects may not contain content or activities that proselytize, even when participation in such activities is voluntary.

The YGB will not consider grant requests for the following: Individuals; Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief; Fundraising events such as walk-a-thons, tournaments, auctions and general fundraising solicitations; Conference or seminar expenses; or Scholarship or endowment funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

The YGB will review proposals, contact organizations for more information as needed and conduct site visits to selected agencies in April 2019. Final grant decisions will be made in late April and recipients will be notified at that time. Recipients will also be invited to attend the YGB Celebration Event in early June 2019 at Seattle Foundation offices.

Additional information:


Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

If you forecast any delay in submission or have questions, please contact Shannon Kopelva and/or Aileen Balahadia at

Seattle Foundation
1601 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1900
Seattle, WA 98101-3615

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: King County