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Communities of Opportunity Invites Multi-year Proposals to Improve Racial Equity in Policy

Applications for the 2020–2021 grant cycle accepted through Sept. 16

August 05, 2019

Organizations working to advance racial equity through systems and policy change are invited to apply for a new round of funding from Communities of Opportunity (COO), a partnership between King County and Seattle Foundation. 

Systems and Policy Change grants support community-led and community-engaged organizations that are working to change public policy, institutional practices or other systems in order to decrease or prevent ongoing inequity in King County, centering communities of color. These grants support work that increase community connections, economic opportunity, health and housing. 

Over the last two years, COO systems and policy change grantees have been instrumental in improving racial equity through improving everything from healthy school lunches to consumer protection reforms. We are excited to announce new funding to continue supporting the movement for racial equity. 


Applications are due Sept. 16 via the online application portal Survey Monkey Apply. Read the full RFP and begin an application. You may also download a pdf of the RFP contents

COO will prioritize applications from groups led and staffed by individuals who reflect the ethnic and cultural communities they serve and who have a demonstrated ability and plan for reaching and engaging members of those communities.

An organization applying on its own behalf may receive up to $100,000 per year. Applicants applying as a coalition with other organizations may receive up to $200,000 per year. 

Information Sessions

For more information, please attend one of the upcoming information sessions or webinars. We strongly recommend potential applicants attend an information session or webinar, though it is not mandatory for submitting an application. We will post a link to a recording of the webinar after Aug. 21. 


Aug. 15RSVP
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Seattle Foundation, 
1601 5th Avenue, 19th floor 
Light refreshments served


Aug. 19RSVP
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Des Moines Library, Meeting Room
21620 11th Avenue South 
Des Moines, WA 98198 
Dinner will be served


Aug. 20RSVP
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Webinar - Once you’ve registered, a confirmation screen will appear. Please use the “add to calendar” button to save the login information. To ensure a timely start, be sure to download the zoom app in advance of the webinar.


If you have questions, please contact Dionne Foster,, for additional information. 






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