Seattle Foundation Blog

Spring 2019 N2N Grants

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

May 15, 2019

By Aileen Balahadia, N2N Consultant

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.

The eight spring grantees, including many first time applicants and grantees, and their planned projects are:

Bridging Wisdom: This intergenerational mentorship program brings together middle school students at K-Orca and elders at Esparanza House in South Seattle to build relationships, foster compassion and confidence, and reduce social isolation.

East African Senior Meal Program: Low-income and homeless East African seniors from South Seattle and White Center participate in activities and receive services, including culturally appropriate meals, health and nutrition education, transportation and referral services at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm.

Pacific Islander Community Association: This new organization, for whom this is the first grant application, works to strengthen social and political power through a unified Pacific Islander agenda spanning the Kent, South Seattle and White Center areas.

Rainier Chamber Foundation: This first-time grantee will use its award to support “Connect 10,000,” a community building and economic development video campaign to promote Southeast Seattle and reduce displacement. They will focus on storytelling by business owners and leaders who are women and people of color.

Seattle Mongolian Youth Center: This grant, the first ever written by this organization, will support a culturally-responsive leadership series for Mongolian women in the Kent area focused on increasing confidence, leadership, education and economic prosperity.

Somali Bantu Community Services of Washington: Another first time grantee, this group will develop a new Somali Bantu association in the Kent area through community outreach and organizing, including through home visits and to community events.

Somos Seattle: This first-time grantee will develop a volunteer training campaign to reach new Latinx LGBTQ community members interested in trans and immigrant rights, through one-on-one meetings, community events and social media content in Kent, South Seattle and White Center.

UTOPIA Seattle: Support of a Samoan-style “Talanoa” four-part dialogue series focused on building bridges between diverse, intergenerational communities and addressing challenging issues raised by queer and trans Pacific Islander community in Kent.

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



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