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Engagement Pipeline Program

Grants to King County, Washington Nonprofits to Develop
Leadership and Mobilize Underserved Communities

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Foundation / Corporation

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Seattle Foundation

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Deadline Date:

04/12/19 5:00 PM


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Grants starting at $75,000 per year to King County, Washington nonprofit organizations or networks of organizations to mobilize communities and develop individual leaders. A Letter of Intent must be submitted before applying. Funding is intended to increase participation and strengthen the voices of low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. The goal of the program is to increase the number of effective community leaders, broaden the participation of engaged communities, and bring greater involvement of historically underrepresented communities to shape systems and policies.

All applicants selected to receive Engagement Pipeline leadership development funds will participate together in a cohort through the duration of the grant period. Seattle Foundation will work in collaboration with grantees to design the technical assistance provided through the cohort.

The Foundation seeks to fund:
- Organizations or groups representing specific communities (ethnic, racial, or other identity groups) able to or currently providing leadership development programming designed to create civic engagement, advocacy, public participation, and/or systems change. Priority is given to historically underrepresented communities.
- Organizations or groups with deep ties to the community they represent and serve, bringing both knowledge and relationships that create a demonstrated ability to engage members and partner organizations within that community. Priority is given to organizations or groups with a demonstrated track record of leadership and trust within their community.
- Efforts with a history of or ability to build individual leadership through programs and practice by connecting leadership development to action through participation in community change efforts or campaigns and mobilizing or organizing broader members of the community.
- Organizations or groups willing to participate in and able to contribute expertise and technical assistance to a peer learning cohort.
- Organizations or groups that to commit to developing and providing this programming over the three-year grant period and intend to sustain the effort beyond the initial grant.

More information on funding criteria can be found on the criteria PDF:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185059

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Three-year grants ranging from $75,000 to $125,000 per year, as well as technical assistance tailored to the cohort of grantees.

Term of Contract:

Grants will support three-year efforts beginning in June 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A single organization or a network of 501c3 organizations (or fiscal sponsorship by one) working in King County, Washington are eligible to apply.

Priority consideration will be given to applicants that:
- Represent and collaborate with historically underrepresented communities.
- Have the relationships and trust to effectively represent and engage members of their community, and partner with other organizations within their community.
- Have expertise in leadership development, community organizing and/or advocacy and policy change with the staff capacity to carry out the proposed programming.
- Have existing staff and budget to complement this effort.
- Focus on developing leadership capacity for community members working on civic engagement, advocacy, public participation or systems change.

The Foundation will not fund efforts that focus solely on education without a strong component of public engagement.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants aligned with the above criteria are strongly encouraged to attend an information session in January 2019.

Information Sessions:
Monday, January 7; 6:30-8:00 PM
Tukwila Public Library, Room 1
14380 Tukwila International
Boulevard, Tukwila, WA 98168

Tuesday, January 15, 3:00-4:30 PM
2100 Building, Board Room
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle WA 98144

Tuesday, January 22, 10-11:30 AM
Seattle Foundation, Event Space
1601 5th Ave, 19th Floor

If you are unable to attend an information session, contact Dionne Foster to discuss potential fit for this funding.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is February 1, 2019, 5:00 PM. LOIs should be emailed or mailed to the Foundation.

Following the deadline, Seattle Foundation staff will invite full proposals from selected applicants, who will be notified in early March 2019. The full proposals are due April 12, 2019, and grantees will be announced in late May 2019.

Applicants are encouraged to see examples of previously successful Engagement Pipeline programs, listed on the Seattle Foundation website:

Contact Information:

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

Submit LOIs to: Dionne Foster at, with “Engagement Pipeline” in the subject of your email.

Or mail to:
Seattle Foundation
1601 5th Avenue, Suite 1900
Seattle, WA 98101-3615

phone: 206.622.2294
fax: 206.622.7673

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: King County