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Washington Youth and Families Fund Grants

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

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Building Changes - Washington Youth and Families Fund

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Deadline Date:

09/20/19 4:00 PM PDT


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Grants to Washington nonprofits, tribes, social service providers, and community centers to help young people and families move from homelessness to stable housing. Funding is intended to support innovative programs with a systems change approach to improve local homeless systems as well as other sectors that serve people experiencing homelessness. 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.


Approach: Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) is an intervention that utilizes housing placement, case management and rental assistance to quickly move families out of homelessness and into permanent housing. It was designed for low barrier families that do not need intensive ongoing support. However, with the implementation of prioritization, RRH is being used to serve high-barrier families. Hence, the population changed without changing the model.

Culturally Enhanced Supportive Services: Building Changes will provide funding for innovative and culturally enhanced supportive services that stabilize housing permanency for Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and American Indian or Alaskan Native families enrolled in RRH. 

For more information on the goals, requirements, and examples of funding costs for Families, see the Request for Proposals for Families in Supporting Documents below.

Youth and Young Adults

Approach: This funding approach will test an outreach model informed by subject matter experts with lived expertise, the ACT project from REACH of Tacoma-Pierce-County, and Critical Time Intervention (CTI). ACT ensures youth and young adults have access to wrap-around services and Coordinated Entry (CE) by using outreach to meet people where they are. CTI is an evidenced based practice that provides people with support during times of transition by strengthening their community networks of support. 

Building Changes merged these approaches with service recommendations gathered in interviews with youth and young adults (YYA) currently and/or formerly experiencing homelessness, to create an approach called Critical Transition Coaching (CTC). CTC will be integrated in our YYA grantmaking to align with Washington’s efforts to ensure that no YYA are discharged from a public facility into homelessness. This will merge the intensive support structure of CTI with population-specific best practice of ACT, to provide tailored programming that increases support and housing stability for YYA exiting systems of care in Washington’s homeless and housing system. 

For more information on the goals, requirements, and expectations for Youth and Young Adults, see the Request for Proposals for Youth and Young Adults in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142149

Estimated Size of Grant:

Families: Up to $1,520,000 to be used for up to three years
Youth and Young Adults: Up to $1,520,000 to be used for up to three years

Term of Contract:

Project contracts are expected to begin January 15, 2020. Funding will be provided for up to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Social Service Providers, local tribes, and/or community centers located outside of King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.

Culturally Specific Organizations or smaller organizations led and staffed by persons of color that primarily serve communities of color are encouraged to apply in partnership with Rapid Re-Housing Providers if best suited to provide culturally responsive services.

Culturally Specific Organizations or smaller organizations led and staffed by persons of color that primarily serve communities of color that are interested in implementing the Rapid Re-housing Model outlined in this RFP are also encouraged to apply, and if selected as a grantee Building Changes will provide Rapid Re-Housing training.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be two online Q&A sessions for interested applicants on Wednesday, August 21. To participate, please register using these links:

RFP for Families Q&A Session: 10:30 am-12:00 pm:

RFP for Youth & Young Adults Q&A Session: 2:30-4:00 pm:

Pre-Application Information:

Applicant Selection and Awards Timeline:

- August 2, 2019 Application materials made available
- August 21, 2019, 10:30 am−12:00 pm Application Q&A Virtual Meeting
- September 20, 2019 Proposals due to Building Changes by 4:00 pm
- October 7, 2019 All applicants notified of site visit selections
- October 14-18, 2019* Site visits to finalists
- December 13, 2019 – tentative Notify grantees of award
- February 1, 2020 – tentative Contracts in place with grantees

* In the event your application is selected as a finalist, please reserve times during this week for a site visit.

Please note the following when preparing to submit a proposal:

- Facsimile copies of proposals will not be accepted.
- All submittals must be received by 4:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, September 20, 2019 in order to be considered.
- Proposals that do not arrive at the specified email by the submission deadline will not be accepted.
- Proposals that do not follow the specified format and/or meet the submission requirements will not be reviewed.
- All electronic copies of application narrative and budget worksheet must be in PDF or another non-editable format.

Building Changes will have 10 business days to review the materials and provide a written decision back to the applicant.

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:

Questions can be submitted in advance to

Potential applicants are welcome and encouraged to ask questions about WYFF and this application process. Contact: Klarissa Monteros, Senior Manager, Grantmaking & Technical Assistance, 206.805.6135 or

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

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