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Regional Census Fund Grant Program

Grants to King County, Washington Nonprofits and
Tribes to Undertake Census Outreach Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Seattle Foundation - Regional Census Fund

Conf. Date:

10/02/19

Deadline Date:

10/16/19 5:00 PM (PDT) Submitted or Postmarked

Description:

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to King County, Washington nonprofit organizations and tribes for programs to increase census participation in historically undercounted populations. Funding is intended to ensure an accurate, fair, and robust census count for King County.

Funding supports organizations in raising awareness around the 2020 Census, including outreach, education, and questionnaire assistance. This funding can support events, tabling, or other integration of census related activities.

The Foundation is  prioritizing applications from community-based and grassroots nonprofits and tribes that:

  • Are led, staffed, or guided by individuals reflecting the race, ethnicity, and culture of the communities being served
  • Showcase a history or demonstrated ability to reach and engage members from their communities
  • Have a plan for engaging historically undercounted communities

Examples of funding activities include:

  • Local nonprofits and community-based groups create trainings, awareness campaigns, and educational materials about the census
  • Outreach activities in their diverse communities to educate and create awareness about the census
  • Direct support with questionnaire assistance and communications support such as internet access, language translation, and other accessibility accommodations
  • Workshops, public campaigns, and informal gatherings to address census-related concerns and questions
  • Trainings with nonprofits on effective outreach tactics and methods for identifying and engaging historically undercounted communities
  • Outreach efforts and messaging during the nonresponse follow-up phase

The list of priority populations for the Regional Census Fund include:

  • Communities and people of color (e.g., African American, Latinx, Pacific Islanders)
  • Indigenous persons
  • Immigrants
  • Recent refugee communities
  • Low-income persons
  • Renters
  • Persons experiencing homelessness
  • Persons with mental or physical disabilities
  • Non-English speakers and English Language Learners
  • LGBTQIA persons
  • Children under 5
  • Geographic localities (e.g., rural)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185810

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$450,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding amounts range from $5,000-$20,000. Organizations can request any amount within the range. Grant amounts will depend on scope of work.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Organizations with tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status, and/or tribes
- Community groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization
- Organizations and coalitions working in the identified historically undercounted communities and geographies

Organizations who received a grant from the Regional Census Fund spring round are not eligible to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be public information sessions to provide information about this grant opportunity:

South King County – 9/23 from Noon to 1:00 PM at Kent City Hall Centennial (400 W Gowe St, Kent, WA 98032). In partnership with the South King County 2020 Census Table.

East King County – 9/24 from Noon to 1:00 PM at Kirkland City Hall (123 5th Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033). In partnership with Cities of Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue and the East King Communities Count Committee.

North King County – 9/24 from 7-8am at Kenmore City Hall (18120 68th Ave NE, Kenmore, WA 98028). In partnership with the Kenmore Complete Count Committee.

Seattle –10/4 from 1:00- 2:30 at Center for Community Engagement Seattle (1223 E Cherry Street. Seattle, WA 98122). Contact elsa.batres-boni@seattle.gov for details.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Oct 16, 2019, at 5:00 PM (PDT). Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by this deadline.

Applicants will be notified of funding decision the week of November 18.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://seattlefoundation.smapply.org/prog/regional_census_fund/

Applications can also be mailed to:
Seattle Foundation
1601 FifthAve.
Suite 1900
Seattle, WA 98101

For questions, contact:
Bao-Tram Do
B.Do@seattlefoundation.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: King County

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