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Seattle Sounders FC Relief Fund

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Businesses, and Individuals
in Eligible Locations to Mitigate Losses Due to COVID-19

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Seattle Sounders FC and RAVE Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/31/20 11:59 PM PT


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Grants of up to $1,000 and grants of up to $7,500 to Washington nonprofits, businesses, and individuals in eligible locations to mitigate financial losses caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. The purpose of this program is to support local residents, organizations, and small businesses located in CenturyLink Field and the neighborhoods surrounding CenturyLink Field that have been adversely impacted by the postponement of the 2020 MLS season due to COVID-19. These neighborhoods include SODO, Pioneer Square, and Chinatown-International District.

The fund is intended to support a range of needs from groceries to rent assistance and monetary packages that will fund the following priorities:

  • Direct support of resources to shift workers and service providers in and around CenturyLink Field, and in neighborhood businesses that support and serve fans on matchday.
  • Direct resources to small business owners to pay their critical expenses during this crisis so that they can stay in business and keep their doors open.
  • Direct resources to non-profits that serve and support individuals and small businesses in the South Downtown neighborhoods of SoDo, Pioneer Square and the Chinatown-International District.

Grant proceeds to individuals can only be used to fund basic necessities, like food, housing, health care or child care expenses, and the like. Grant proceeds to small businesses can only be used for necessary operating expenses to stabilize the business, like rent, utility and insurance payments, and payroll expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190038

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individuals may request up to $1,000 and small businesses may request up to $7,500 in their applications.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Seattle Sounders FC Relief Fund (“Fund”) was established by RAVE Foundation to support individuals, small businesses and nonprofits located in CenturyLink Field and in the neighborhoods surrounding CenturyLink Field. These neighborhoods include SODO, Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District.

Eligible individuals include the following (all factors must be true):
- Any person who was laid off, furloughed, or experienced a reduction in hours since March 1, 2020 because of the Covid-19 global pandemic
- The person’s place of employment is/was a business staffing Sounders FC events and activities at CenturyLink Field, a business located in one of the three listed neighborhoods that is regularly open to fans attending matches and events at CenturyLink Field
- As the result of the reduction of hours or furlough or lay off from work Covid-19 global pandemic, the person has been negatively impacted and is unable to pay for reasonable and necessary living expenses and can substantiate that need if required
- The person is not seeking a grant from the Fund as wage replacement
- The person is not seeking a grant to cover an expense that will be reimbursed by insurance

Eligible small businesses include the following (all factors must be true):
- Any small business which meets one or more of the following:
a) Operates a permanent location in Pioneer Square, Chinatown-International District or SODO
b) Operates a temporary location, as permitted by the City of Seattle or as a vendor under contract with CenturyLink or its tenants, in support of CenturyLink Field events on event days including Sounders FC matches
c) Operates a business which provides direct services in support of Sounders FC business or technical operations
- The small business regularly operates in hours and service of fans and event goers for Sounders FC matches and other events that take place at CenturyLink Field
- As the result of the Covid-19 global pandemic the small business has had to reduce operations or close entirely and has been significantly negatively impacted
- As the result of the closures or reductions in operations, the small business is unable to pay reasonable and necessary operating expenses, including but not limited to payroll, rent, insurance, utilities, and the like, and could substantiate that need upon request
- The small business seeking a grant from the Fund is not eligible for nor has received other grants, loans or income (whether taxable or not) for the entirety of the need claimed through this application to the Fund
- The small business is not seeking a grant to cover an expense that will be reimbursed by insurance

Note: Sole proprietors may apply as an individual or small business (but not both) and independent contractors should apply as an “Individual” to the Fund.

Pre-Application Information:

The current grant window closes on July 31 at 11:59 PM ET.

Grants to individuals and small businesses shall be made on a rolling and ongoing basis contingent upon available funds.

Individuals (including independent contractors) and small businesses may apply one (1) time every calendar month and receipt of a grant award in a previous month will not make an applicant ineligible.

- The Fund Review Committee will make recommendations to fund some or all complete eligible individual and small business applications received during the grant period.
- Any applications that the Fund Review Committee elects not to fund during a given grant period will automatically roll over to the next grant period (there is no need to re-apply).
- All awards for individuals and small businesses will be contingent upon available funds

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