Resilience Fund

The Resilience Fund supports community organizations protecting and standing with residents facing increased risks and uncertainty.

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The Resilience Fund supports and strengthens community organizations that are working to increase the protections and resilience of vulnerable residents in King County. Seattle Foundation created the Resilience Fund in 2017 as a vehicle for timely, flexible grantmaking to address urgent needs due to a shift in federal policies, funding and the national political climate.  Developed with initial support from King County, Medina Foundation, Stolte Family Foundation, Bank of America, The Fund for New Citizens in The New York Community TrustSheng-Yen Lu Foundation, Emerald Fund and individual philanthropists, the Resilience Fund provides grants of up to $20,000 to community-based nonprofits.  

Since its inception, the Resilience Fund has supported community-based nonprofits in King County with flexible funding to address unanticipated and emerging challenges that impact marginalized populations in our region. Grants are made to nonprofits facing increased needs for support, legal guidance, organizing and advocacy to address threats and discrimination based on factors including race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability and country of origin.

Left unchecked, attacks on those most vulnerable among us decrease equity, opportunity and the well-being of our region.


Seattle Foundation is now seeking applications for the 2021 grant cycle. Please review the application here or go to the Resilience Fund section of our current grant opportunities page for the most up-to-date information on applying. The 2021 deadline to apply to the Resilience Fund is October 8th, 2021 at 5 P.M. (PST). The proposed activities must be tied to providing critical services to vulnerable residents whose health, safety, and human rights are at risk. Requests can focus on ongoing activities your organization is doing or new activities.

With the recent launch of REPAIR (Racially Equitable Philanthropy Aimed at Initiating Reparations), Seattle Foundation’s 5 year, $25 million commitment to Black-led organizations in King County, we will have an increased focus on supporting applications from Black-led and serving nonprofits in this grant cycle.

Please note: The Resilience Fund is not accepting grant proposals from current 2020 Resilience Fund grant recipients.

Grantmaking Criteria

The Resilience Fund addresses both urgent and systemic issues facing our community. We hope to respond to a broad range of issues and support nonprofits providing direct services and engaging in organizing and advocacy work. Seattle Foundation provides grants to organizations that are based in and have a scope of work primarily within King County. Organizations must have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or be fiscally sponsored by a tax-exempt nonprofit entity. The Foundation does not provide grants to individuals.

We're looking to fund organizations that:

  • Can make a clear link between specific policy decisions at the national level directly causing amplified threats, erosion of rights or discrimination to the communities your organization serves in King County;

  • Propose projects that are equitable, inclusive, and help communities adjust to rapidly changing conditions and offer immediate impact;

  • Have staff and/or board leadership that reflect the communities served (e.g., Black, Indigenous people of color (BIPOC), immigrants, people with disabilities, low-income residents or LGBTQIA+ community members);

  • Are actively working to advance racial and economic equity;

  • Train and engage community leaders in advocacy, base building and community organizing;

  • Have activities already underway in King County;

  • Demonstrate expertise in their particular issue/field.

 Additional Information

Please email Jonathan Cunningham at with any questions. We hosted an informational webinar about these grants on Friday, September 17. The 38 minute session can be viewed here.

To learn more about past rounds of grantmaking through the Resilience Fund: 

Find more Resilience Fund updates on our blog.


For questions or assistance, please contact:
Jonathan Cunningham
Seattle Foundation

Most recently, Fund for New Citizens in the New York Community Trust, Emerald Fund, and Facebook, which pledged $1 million to support Black business, creators and nonprofits, have also partnered with Seattle Foundation to address these pressing issues.


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