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Benefit Disadvantaged and Low-Income Populations

Building Communities Fund (BCF)

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08/05/22 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations to benefit disadvantaged and low-income populations. Funding is intended for the development of community centers and facilities purposed for the delivery of social services. Eligible initiatives should improve the economic, social, and educational climate in distressed communities.

The Building Communities Fund Program awards state grants to nonprofit, community-based organizations to defray up to 25 percent or more of eligible capital costs to acquire, construct, or rehabilitate nonresidential community and social service centers. 

A proposed project must:

  • Be a nonresidential facility;
  • Consist of acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation of a facility used to deliver community services (social service and multipurpose community centers) including those serving a distinct or ethnic population; and
  • Be located in a “distressed community” or serve a substantial number of low-income or disadvantaged persons.

Capital Budget funds may generally be used to pay for the following construction-related expenses, incurred as far back as July 1, 2020:

  • Design, architectural, and engineering work
  • Building permits/fees
  • Archaeological/historical review
  • Construction labor and materials

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172674

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Projects up to $100,000 may apply for 100% of that budget amount;
- Projects between $100,000-$250,000 may apply for 75%;
- Projects between $250,000-$500,000 may apply for 50%;
- Projects over $500,000 may apply for 25% of that budget amount;

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be a tribe or non-profit registered in the state of Washington. Other nonprofits, local jurisdictions, or tribes may partner with the applicant, but the applicant must be the primary beneficiary and exercise substantial control over the facility’s management.

All applicants must meet the following eligibility standards at the time the application is submitted:
- Be a Tribe or registered in the state of Washington as a nonprofit organization;
- Have a legally constituted board of directors;
- Agree to enter the LEED certification process or receive an exemption
- Agree to pay state prevailing wages as of the date the budget becomes effective;
- Have control of the project site via ownership or executed long-term lease (15 years) at the time of application -operating agreements are discouraged, but will be evaluated independently;
- Have made substantial progress in an active capital fundraising campaign dedicated to the project; and
- Projects that are complete or do not need state funds to be complete are ineligible.

The applicant’s facility may be owned by a limited liability corporation (LLC) for operational purposes or tax credit purposes so long as the nonprofit is the managing member and has a controlling interest in the LLC through the duration of the grant commitment period.

For ineligible costs, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant application workshops: June 15, 2022 10:00 a.m.

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Pre-Application Information:

- BCF grant application workshops: June 15, 2022 10:00a.m.
- Applications due: August 5, 2022
- Notification of preliminary review results: September, 2022
- BCF Advisory Board work session: September, 2022
- Recommendations forwarded to Governor and Legislature: September, 2022
- Governor releases proposed capital budget: December, 2022 (estimated)
- 2023-2025 Capital Budget signed into law: May, 2023 (estimated)
- Community Capital Facilities may begin disbursing funds: September, 2023 (estimated)
- Expiration of funds without legislative action: June 30, 2025

All applicants are required to enter the LEED certification process or get an exemption.

Grants are paid on a reimbursement basis.

Grants are subject to an administrative fee: Community Capital Facilities is authorized to retain 3 percent from each award to cover all administration costs.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Beth Robinson
Capital Programs Supervisor

Program Staff
Phone: 360-725-3075

Community Capital Facilities Programs
P.O. Box 42525
Olympia, WA 98504-2525

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USA: Washington

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