Mental and Behavioral Health – Grant Criteria


Phase 2 of funding from the COVID-19 Response Fund includes three tracks, one of which is focused on mental and behavioral health. We encourage you to learn more about why we are focusing grant support in this area and our overall approach to the next phase of funding.

Through the Mental and Behavioral Health funding track, we will provide $1.5 million in grants aimed at supporting individuals and families experiencing trauma through investments in direct service providers. More information is below.

Funding Criteria


Priority Populations

  • People who will be missed by public funding opportunities, including undocumented immigrants and refugees
  • Low- and moderate-income essential workers 
  • People of color, recognizing the disparate health impacts of COVID
  • In this funding track, additional priority will be given to supporting youth navigating mental and behavioral health needs


Funding Priorities

  • Ongoing supports for individuals and families who are battling trauma that existed before COVID-19 and is heightened by the current crisis, through access to providers and telehealth support
  • Individuals and families experiencing trauma due to isolation, stress, economic anxiety, and joblessness as well as intimate partner violence and child abuse
  • Individuals on the frontlines who are experiencing secondary trauma and traumatic grief from supporting distressed individuals and communities


Approach: Support for service providers
Grants to services providers will fund:

  • Mental and behavioral health providers and/or community-based organizations that are navigating trauma in culturally and linguistically specific and responsive ways
  • Partnerships between mental and behavioral health providers and community-based organizations navigating trauma in priority communities

Grants will address needs such as:

  • Provider ability to support staff safety in compliance with health and social distancing standards, including moving to telehealth and other methods of remote treatment and care.
  • Use of best practices in delivery of mental and behavioral health supports for priority communities. 
  • Provider ability to reach and support priority communities through dedicated outreach and dissemination of information. 
  • Provider support to priority communities navigating resources for mental and behavioral health
  • Provider ability to augment public supports in order to serve the priority populations
  • Provider need for increased capacity to support access and treatment of mental and behavioral health needs in priority communities.

Who is eligible for funding?

  • All recipients must have 501(c)3, nonprofit status or have a fiscal sponsor that qualifies as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.
  • All recipients must be based within the state of Washington and doing work in King County.
  • Organizations that center racial and economic equity in their work and approach.
  • Additional priority will be given to organizations that are led by and for the community in which the proposed work takes place.