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Summer 2018 N2N Grantees

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


September 20, 2018

As a key strategy of Seattle Foundation’s Center for Community Partnerships, Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) 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 and community representatives, N2N awards funding of up to $6,000 to nonprofit organizations working to achieve greater equity in these communities. Learn more about the application process.

Summer 2018 Grantees

This September, the following seven organizations received N2N grants for their work toward building a more just, equitable community:

Beacon Hill Council advocates for a welcoming, diverse and healthy Beacon Hill neighborhood. The Council will use its grant to support environmental justice by creating a multilingual and multicultural website that connects residents with resources in Beacon Hill. It also plans to provide culturally appropriate outreach and interpretation at council meetings, and to host a leadership conference.

Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees and Communities of Color (CIRCC) brings together multicultural organizations and individuals dedicated to building informed, engaged and equitable communities. N2N funding will allow 20 CIRCC members and partners to attend a nationally recognized training on undoing institutional racism by the People Institute for Survival and Beyond.

Festival Centroamericano works to strengthen the voice and identity of immigrant and refugees from Central American by bringing together their communities for a festival and more. This grant will help organize community gatherings, as well as therapeutic arts forums that help families deal with trauma resulting from family separation and deportation.

Garínagu Houngua works to promote and contribute to the social, economic and cultural development of the Garifuna community, people of mixed ancestry from the island of St. Vincent who now live in the Pacific Northwest. This grant will help create a civil issues forum to share information about current immigration laws, pathways to citizenship and voter education. The forum will also highlight developing women and youth leaders.

Nurturing Roots gathers and educates communities of color in South Seattle about health consciousness, food justice and economic sustainability. Neighbor to Neighbor funding will provide much needed support for their educational workshops and movie nights.

Reclaiming Our Expected End (ROEE) is a team project in Kent that advances community restorative justice, an approach to criminal justice focused on repairing harm by bringing together the offenders, affected community members and interested victims in solutions. N2N’s grant will support their peer-to-peer model of working with formerly incarcerated individuals so they can give back to the community.

Restore, Assemble, Produce (RAP) promotes the strengths and abilities of youth by providing services that empower each child to overcome life’s challenges with confidence, competence and success. This grant will support a new youth-led coalition board, VOICES, that will help young people advocate for positive changes in Kent, with a special emphasis on restorative justice and policies that increase racial equity.

The Civil Survival Project organizes people who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system to build connections, gain knowledge and increase political participation. Funding will go to support a full-day Civil Survival Workshop in Kent, and monthly, facilitated Game Changer Group meetings. Those groups educate about and advocate for fewer barriers to re-entry after incarceration, in areas such as driver license suspension, housing and employment.

 

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