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Youth-Led Social Justice Mini-Grant

Grants to Washington Individuals and Youth-Led Groups
in Eligible Areas for Projects that Promote Social Equity

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Seattle City Council and the Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL)

Conf. Date:

10/08/21

Deadline Date:

10/25/21 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $8,000 to Washington individuals and youth-led groups, clubs, and organizations in eligible locations for activities and programs that promote social and racial equity. Funding is intended to support youth-led social justice projects that address hate, bias, and violence related to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation in Seattle. 

Specifically, this grant is intended to benefit Seattle's Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), Asian-American Pacific Islander communities, and LGBTQIA+ communities. The target audience for funded projects can be Seattleites of any age, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.

Examples of allowable uses of funds include youth stipends for their time working on the project, printed materials, refreshments during an in-person event, rental costs, swag or giveaways, as well as any costs associated with cleaning, face masks, health and safety supplies, and operating safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. DEEL encourages grantees to support BIPOC- and women-owned businesses.

If more funds are requested than available, DEEL will prioritize applications based on a combination of factors including:

  • Council districts served by the project
  • Social justice topic area
  • Whether a fiscal sponsor is identified
  • Who the target audience for the project is
  • Number of people served.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198625

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$100,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can request grants ranging from $500 to $8,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All youth ages 12-24 who live in Seattle are eligible to apply. Individuals and youth-led groups, such as school clubs, a student group, a community-based organization where a group of youth will lead the project, or a youth advisory council, are eligible to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Fund is hosting two live webinars where they can answer questions about the application.

These will be held on Tuesday, October 5 from 4:00-5:30 pm and Friday, October 8 from 4:00-5:30 pm.

Pre-Application Information:

Eligible youth can choose to submit a mini-grant application in either a written or video format no later than October 25, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. 

Questions must be submitted by October 15, 2021, at 5:00 PM. DEEL will notify successful applicants by Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

Pre-recorded information session: http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/DEEL/FundingOpportunities/RFIs/2021/WEBINAR_%20YouthLedSocialJusticeMiniGrantInformationSessionMeetingRecording.mp4

Press release: https://durkan.seattle.gov/2021/03/mayor-durkan-and-council-propose-1-5m-investment-for-asian-american-and-pacific-islander-community/

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications and questions to DEELFunding@seattle.gov with "Youth-Led Social Justice Mini-Grant" in the subject line.

For phone calls or texts, please contact 206-573-2251 and a member of the team will get back to you.

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