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Community Matters! KEXP Partners with Seattle Foundation to Re-Launch Community Partnership Program

KEXP’s Community Partnership Program is now accepting applications for the 2016 Q3 and Q4 Cycles.

August 02, 2016

KEXP is partnering with Seattle Foundation to re-launch and expand the impact of the KEXP Community Partnership Program to achieve a new level of public engagement, awareness and support for local nonprofits. Through this partnership, KEXP plans to provide a signature Concert Series to raise awareness around philanthropy and stewardship for a healthy community, and to support and engage local musicians and local nonprofits through fundraising and promotion.

The Community Partnership Program goal is to create connections between KEXP listeners and deserving local organizations by supporting nonprofits (with a total annual operating budget of under $2 million) that serve the Greater Puget Sound region. Selection will be made with a focus on equity and support of traditionally underrepresented and underserved communities. The committee itself will consist of both KEXP and Seattle Foundation representatives.

During each cycle, the CPP will focus on one specific priority area, which will differ to provide all local nonprofits an opportunity to participate. We are currently seeking applications from organizations whose work promotes Civic Engagement, specifically voter turnout, registration, and assisting communities that are underrepresented in participating in the democratic process. While the US Presidential Election is fast approaching, we hope to shine a light on those organizations who support increasing civic engagement not only this year, but on an ongoing basis through outreach, education and advocacy.

Community Partnership Program Overview

— Cycle/Phasing: The CPP program will be executed quarterly, in distinct phases, elevating two nonprofits each quarter, starting in Q3 2016

Phase One: three week promotional campaign for Nonprofit A
Phase Two: three week promotional campaign for Nonprofits B
Phase Three: Benefit concert, promotion and execution
The first two phases specifically elevate the chosen nonprofits, their mission and the essential service they offer to our communities -
(these campaigns will be executed via KEXP’s on-air and on-line inventories).
The third phase will promote the subsequent concert with a comprehensive campaign through all of our platforms.

— Concert: KEXP will secure an artist/band to headline the concert at KEXP’s new home in the Queen Anne neighborhood at Seattle Center.

Our selected nonprofit partners play a critical role in promoting these shows and our partnership, using their respective marketing outlets
and networks to promote awareness and sales.
Ticket price for these events would be affordable. 100% of the ticket net proceeds will be donated to the selected nonprofit partners.
We would encourage additional engagement from Seattle Foundation philanthropists, staff, community partners, and other constituents.

We encourage all nonprofits whose work is related to the focus area to submit an application. If selected, KEXP will promote your organization’s mission on-air and online at KEXP.ORG for one month. We will air an interview with a representative of your organization and host a live music benefit show at a local venue, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting your organization.

How to submit your application:

Step 1: Please read ALL the provided information and instructions completely and carefully BEFORE submitting your application.

Step 2: Complete the online application form below.

Step 3: Submit the proposal portion of your application packet, as noted below in the proposal format section. Application form and all supporting materials must be submitted by Friday, August 19.

Proposal Format

Organizations that are aligned with the above strategies may submit an application through KEXP’s website AND submit short proposal (not to exceed two pages) that answers the following questions:

Communities Served: Describe the population or community served by your program(s).  

Strategy:  Summarize the key strategies your organization uses —or plans to use — to support work in the area of focus noted above.  

Effectiveness: How does your organization or program measure its effectiveness? Provide example(s) of recent programmatic results that address one or more of the priority strategies above.

Partnerships:  Describe any partnerships, coalitions or other networks that your organization participates in or has helped develop in order to advance this work.

Community Driven:  How does your work reflect the needs and desires of the specific community your organization aims to serve?

Outcome:  What is the desired outcome for your organization IF selected to participate in the Community Partnership Program?

Decision Process and Criteria

Proposals received by the August 19th  deadline will be reviewed by a committee of KEXP and Seattle Foundation representatives. Team members may contact applicants for additional information and clarifications, including detailed budget/financial information.

The following criteria will be used to determine which organizations receive priority consideration for the CPP:

Cultural Competency: Organizations or programs specifically and deliberately designed to support the navigation of systemic barriers, provide specialized language support, and demonstrate cultural adaptations of evidence-based practices.

Disproportionality: Organizations demonstrating substantial experience and success in serving families/communities historically needing attention in this area of focus.

Evaluation: Organizations demonstrating that they are tracking the impact of their work and are willing to share lessons learned with the KEXP-Seattle Foundation Team.

Submission & Contact Information

Inquiries may be directed to Tilly Rodina, Interim Events Manager, at or 206-520-5887. Please e-mail Tilly Rodina your proposal by 5 p.m. Friday August 19, 2016. If the proposal is mailed or hand-delivered, it must be received no later than 5 p.m. on August 19, 2016 at KEXP, 472 1st Ave N, Seattle, WA  98109, attention Tilly Rodina.

If you have any questions about the program or application process please email Tilly Rodina at

Thank you for your interest in KEXP’s Community Partnership Program and for the good work your organization does to better our community.

Announcement Date: Aug 2, 2016

Deadline: August 19, 2016 at 5pm

Duration of Program: September 5, 2016 - January 26, 2017

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations serving King County whose annual operating budget is less than $2 million. Organizations work must focus on the specific issue area noted below. They must also comply with Seattle Foundation’s anti-discrimination statement (link here). Applications should be submitted by one lead per organization.



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