***NOTE: Updates to the information sessions below – 9/19/2019.***
Regional Census Fund Accepting Applications
The Regional Census Fund supports organizations seeking to organize, inform, activate, and assist residents in historically underrepresented communities that are at risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census.
Organizations in King County are invited to apply for $5,000-$20,000 for 2020 Census outreach, education, and questionnaire assistance in historically undercounted communities. Grant amounts will depend on the scope of work.
The fall deadline to apply to the Regional Census Fund is October 16, 2019 at 5 P.M. (PDT). Funding will be announced and distributed in December 2019. Applicant organizations must be a tax-exempt nonprofit under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 organization. Organizations who did not receive a grant during the Spring funding round are eligible to apply.
The Seattle 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; and
- Have a plan for engaging historically undercounted communities.
Priority populations for the Regional Census Fund include:
- Communities and people of color (e.g., African American, Latinx, Pacific Islanders)
- Indigenous persons
- Recent refugee communities
- Low-income persons
- 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)
We are offering 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).
- East King County – 9/24 from Noon to 1:00 PM at Kirkland City Hall (123 5th Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033).
- Seattle – 10/4 from 1:00pm-2:30pm at the Seattle University Center for Community Engagement (1223 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122).
- North King County – 9/24 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm at Kenmore City Hall (18120 68th Ave NE, Kenmore, WA 98028).
You can find the Request for Proposal, additional information and the online application through these links:
If you have any questions regarding eligibility or alignment of your proposal with the funding criteria, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We join the Seattle Foundation in inviting you to share this opportunity widely with your network and encourage those organizations that may qualify for funding to contact us.