Resilience Fund

The Resilience Fund supports community organizations protecting and standing with residents facing increased risks and uncertainty.

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The RESILIENCE FUND supports and strengthens community organizations that are working to increase the protections and resilience of vulnerable residents in King County. This fund is similar to rapid response funds developed around the nation by other communities and organizations to address increasing needs and concerns.

Developed by Seattle Foundation in partnership with King County, and support from Medina Foundation, Stolte Family Foundation and Emerald Fund, the Resilience Fund will provide grants of up to $25,000 to community-based nonprofits. In 2017, there will be two grant cycles, with deadlines of June 26 and September 29. King County’s funding will allow a minimum of $350,000 to be awarded to support immigrant and refugee led efforts.

The Resilience Fund will support community-based nonprofits seeking flexible funding to address unanticipated and emerging challenges that are impacting marginalized populations in our region. These nonprofits are facing increased needs for information, support, legal guidance, organizing and advocacy to address threats and discrimination based on factors including race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability and country of origin. Left unchecked, attacks on those most vulnerable decreases equity, opportunity and the well-being of our region.

The Resilience Fund will prioritize the needs of immigrants and refugees, women and girls, people of color, LGBTQ individuals and vulnerable communities currently facing threats due to a current shift in federal policies, funding and the national political climate.

King County’s $350,000 in funding, approved by the King County Council and Executive, will be granted to organizations serving members of immigrant and refugee communities in King County. This investment provides support to organizations that are lifelines to immigrant communities and whose work has become even more critical in recent months. Additional pooled funds from Seattle Foundation and our philanthropic partners will be granted to organizations serving vulnerable communities which meet the criteria below.

Grantmaking Criteria

The Resilience Fund will address both urgent and systemic issues facing our community. We hope to respond to a broad range of issues and support nonprofits providing direct services and engaging in organizing and advocacy work. Seattle Foundation will award grants to organizations that are based in and have a scope of work primarily within King County. Organizations must have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or be fiscally sponsored by a tax-exempt nonprofit entity. The Foundation does not award grants to individuals.

The following criteria and considerations will be used to select grantees:

• Organizations that serve and are led by immigrants and refugees, women and girls, LGBTQ populations and historically marginalized communities facing amplified threats, erosion of rights or discrimination.
• King County funds will be awarded exclusively for activities and services for immigrants and refugees.
• Organizations with staff and/or board leadership that reflect the communities they serve (e.g., communities of color, immigrants, low-wage workers, people with disabilities, low-income residents or LGBTQ community members).
• Organizations working to advance racial and economic equity.
• Organizations with activities already underway in King County.
• Organizations proposing projects that are equitable, inclusive, help communities adjust to rapidly changing conditions and offer immediate impact.
• Organizations with expertise in their particular issue/field.

Some examples of work that might be funded include, but are not limited to:

• Projects that improve safety and security for immigrant communities that have been threatened by exclusionary government policies.
• Projects to train and engage community leaders in advocacy, base building and community organizing.
• Projects to preserve the rights of vulnerable communities.
• Projects to analyze and provide information about reductions in healthcare services and advocate or address affordable and accessible care.
• Projects involving timely environmental justice efforts.
• Projects rooted in proactive, emergent strategies to community resilience which offer a substantial shift in allowing threatened groups to not only survive but thrive.

Resilience Fund grant cycle 1 has passed. Resilience Fund grant cycle 2 applications will be available August 25.   


For questions or assistance, please contact:
Jonathan Cunningham
Seattle Foundation

Thank you to the King County, Medina Foundation, Stolte Family Foundation and Emerald Fund for their partnership.

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