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Tenant Services Grants Request for Proposal (RFP)

Grants to Washington Nonprofits to Provide Local
Tenants with Resources, Guidance, and Legal Advice

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Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) - Code Compliance Division

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11/23/20 4:00 PM


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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations for services to benefit tenants in eligible locations. Priority will be given to proposals addressing issues related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended for the provision of resources, guidance, assistance, and legal advice. Programs must benefit residents of Seattle.

This program aims to provide comprehensive information and resources on rental regulations in the City of Seattle, as well as tips and best practices for successful renting. Proposals should focus on one or more of the following goals and action areas: 

Goal 1: Eviction Prevention and Legal Defense

  • Legal advice and representation for tenants facing eviction.
  • Hosting legal clinics to help tenants receive individualized help with disputes before they are in eviction proceedings.
  • Connecting tenants to financial or other assistance to help prevent eviction. Proposals should not include direct cash assistance to tenants.
  • Assistance with documentation, interpretation, and translation to tenants going through relocation processes such the City’s Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance.

Goal 2: Assist and Support Tenants in the Rental Relationship

  • Guidance on how to deal with common issues facing renters, including such things as counseling, written guidance, and example correspondence.
  • Legal advice.
  • Conflict Mediation.
  • Subsidy defense.
  • Payment negotiation and debt defense 

Goal 3: Increase Awareness and Connect the Renting Community to Resources

  • Door-to-door and other proactive outreach, education, and assistance with accessing City or other services.
  • Advice and assistance with tenant organizing.
  • Assisting and advocating for tenants facing problems with housing conditions or rental regulation violations.
  • Partnerships with organizations serving tenants in focus communities who are less likely to access City and other services.
  • Community events and trainings that educate tenants about renter protections and resources and help connect tenants to services. 
COVID-19 Response: In 2021, it will be a priority for grants to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and recovery period. Tenant challenges during the crisis period include connecting with rent assistance, preserving the rental relationship during the eviction moratoria, managing rent arrears and payment plans, and connecting with resources to prevent unauthorized evictions. During the recovery period, tenants may need eviction defense resources, connection to debt relief, assistance with negotiating payment plans, and debt judgment defense. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185547

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Term of Contract:

Successful applications will result in contracts beginning on or after January 1, 2021 and ending by December 31, 2021. Projects should clearly start and end within this contract period. Contracts may be extended at the City’s discretion through written agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

SDCI is seeking proposals from organizations with experience and/or expertise in providing services to communities in Seattle. Organizations that are already providing tenant services are strongly encouraged to apply.

All applicants must meet all licensing requirements that apply to its organization: Federal Tax number/employer identification number (EIN), Washington State Business License (UBI#), Seattle Business License, and non-profit status such as 501(C)(3). Selected proposals must be able to meet all City contract conditions. Applicants may partner with a fiscal agent who meets the eligibility requirements.

Who should not apply?
- For-profit organizations
- Governmental agencies, political groups, hospitals, or news organizations.
- Organizations that are unable to acquire the proper licensing and/or insurance requirements to contract with the City.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be an information/help session (Please RSVP):
When: November 4, 2020, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Online via Microsoft Teams - A meeting link will be sent November 3, 2020.

Attendance at the Information Session is not mandatory for funding consideration.

Please email Hoa Mai directly with any questions you may have about the information session or to RSVP.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline for 2021 Funding Proposals:
- Funding Opportunity Released: October 23, 2020
- Application Deadline: November 23, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
- Planned Award Notification: December 7, 2020
- Anticipated Contract Start Date: January 1, 2021

Contact Information:

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

Send applications, questions, and webinar RSVPs to the RFP Coordinator, Hoa Mai, via email at

Construction and Inspections
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA, 98124-4019
Phone: 206-684-8600

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Seattle

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