Seattle Foundation Blog

Spring 2018 N2N Grantees

Quarterly Neighbor to Neighbor grants work to build power and influence at the grassroots level

May 23, 2018

Seattle Foundation’s Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) program supports grassroots efforts in South Seattle, White Center and Kent that increase engagement, power and influence of community members affected by poverty and racial disparities.

Each quarter, guided by a dedicated group of partners, funders and community representatives, N2N awards funding of up to $6,000 to nonprofit organizations working to achieve greater equity in these communities. This amount reflects an increase from previous years when the maximum was $5,000.


The nine spring 2018 grantees and their planned projects are:

Caribbean SeaFest will work to engage and strengthen the Caribbean community in South Seattle through a series of workshops, cultural arts presentations and participation in Caribbean SeaFest and Umoja Festivals, aimed at healing, in response to the traumas of the recent hurricanes and climate change.

Djibouti Community of America will involve youth in co-designing a leadership program to increase civic engagement and strengthen inter-generational relationships, focused on the Djibouti community in South Seattle.

Duwamish Valley Youth Corps plans to introduce youth of color in the South Park area to art-based careers and art mentors. They will create a public art mural project that increases the vibrancy of the neighborhood.

Falis Community Services will bring together youth of Somali Bantu and other African identities in workshops and activities aimed to increase leadership skills, reduce youth violence and encourage community volunteerism in Kent.

LGBTQ Allyship will host listening sessions in Kent and White Center, led by trained local leaders, on the challenges and community-led solutions around access to affordable housing for LGBTQ residents in South King County.

Seattle Business Education Hub will train African immigrant youth to provide culturally competent training in financial literacy, including budgeting, saving money and basic accounting, in their communities in South Seattle and Kent.

Somali Family Safety Task Force will conduct training sessions to educate and empower Muslim women and girls in the White Center area who wear headscarves on how to protect and advocate for themselves when they experience Islamophobic harassment and hate crimes.

Somali Health Board will increase its educational offerings on improving health and wellness for Somali and East African youth and peer educators, including through a new mentorship model.

Theatre Battery will use its grant to present an original theater production called “#nowall” that opposes the building of a wall on the American border. The Kent-based company will also produce a “talkback” series with local immigrant advocacy groups for people to share their stories in a safe space.


Learn more about Neighbor to Neighbor and our Center for Community Partnerships.



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Center for Community PartnershipsChildren and youthClimate changeClimate justiceArts and Cultureeconomic opportunityeducationEnvironmentgrantsImmigrants and refugeesLGBTQLow income householdsNeighbor to NeighborRacial equitysocial equalityVibrant CommunitiesSystems and policy changeWomen and girlsVulnerable residentsAsian Americans and Pacific IslandersAfrican Americans

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