Request for Proposals: Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund
The Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce) is partnering with School’s Out Washington (SOWA) to implement a grant award process through the Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund (the Relief Fund).
The COVID-19 outbreak, extended school closures, and social distancing have deepened inequities and hardships for children and youth across Washington. Youth development programs/organizations have quickly adapted their services to provide responsive supports for youth and families to whom they are deeply connected—including emergency childcare, social-emotional supports, academic mentoring, virtual programming, and basic needs supports.
The Relief Fund addresses the financial and programmatic challenges that have come with COVID-19, acknowledging that lost revenue combined with increased expenses to adhere to COVID-19 safety measures, leave many organizations at risk of closing programs or sites.
Grants will be awarded to youth development programs/organizations in all areas of the state, with emphasis on those that serve youth populations most impacted by COVID-19 and furthest from educational justice.
Youth served in priority populations furthest from educational justice
Programs’/organizations’ staff and leadership
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
Grant sizes will range from $10,000 to $50,000. There will be no grants smaller than $10,000 and no grants larger than $50,000.
501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization or fiscally sponsored by a 501 (c)(3)
Their program/organization provided youth development services to children and youth ages 5-24 prior to COVID-19.
Between March and December 2020, their program/organization provided and/or plans to provide services to youth through in-person, virtual, or direct-needs support.
Their program/organization has experienced a negative fiscal impact as a result of COVID-19.
For more information, visit https://youthdevrelief.schoolsoutwashington.org/