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Announcing the 2017 Communities of Opportunity Systems and Policy Change Grant Opportunity

We're accepting proposals from community-led efforts to transform systems and policies to decrease and prevent continued inequity in low-income communities and communities of color in King County


October 09, 2017

In partnership with King County, Seattle Foundation is excited to release a request for proposals to support community driven policy and systems change. King County is a thriving place for many, it boasts some of the highest rates of income and education in the Country. However, deep inequities by place and by race prevent many from accessing that opportunity. Your likelihood of experiencing frequent mental distress, unemployment or adverse childhood experiences can change drastically depending on where you live. In fact, your life expectancy can vary as much as thirteen years based simply on the neighborhood you live in.

In order to address these inequities, we need to look upstream and address the systems and policies that got us here. Our systems our perfectly designed to generate these outcomes. In order to change these outcomes we need voices that fully represent the experience and needs of all our community to shape solutions that ensure no one is excluded from the prosperity of our region.

In order to do this, Seattle Foundation and King County launched Communities of Opportunity (COO) in 2014 to improve health, social, racial, and economic outcomes by focusing on places, policies, and systems changes. We are now accepting proposals from community-engaged or community-led efforts to transform systems and policies, as well as applications from community-based organizations to build capacity to engage in systems and policy change.

Download additional details and the full RFP:

COO Systems and Policy Change RFP (pdf)
Coversheet (docx)
Supplemental Information (pdf)
County Requirements  (pdf)

Applications are due November 9, 2017 no later than 5:00 PM.

To learn more, please connect Aaron Robertson at a.robertson@seattlefoundation.org or consider attending one of the following optional information sessions:

Friday, October 13, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. at the Kent Public Health Clinic, 25742 104th Ave SE, (at Kent Hill Plaza Shopping Center), Kent, WA 98030

Monday, October 16, 5:30 -7:00 p.m. at the Tukwila Library, 14380 Tukwila International Blvd, Tukwila, WA 98168

Wednesday, October 18, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. at the Shoreline Conference Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155



Learn more about Communities of Opportunity and the Center for Community Partnerships.

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