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.

Developed by Seattle Foundation with 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 has two cycles per year, providing grants of up to $20,000 to community-based nonprofits.

The Resilience Fund supports nonprofit organizations seeking flexible funding to address unanticipated and emerging challenges related to the national political climate that impact marginalized populations in our region. These nonprofits are 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.

Seattle Foundation created the Resilience Fund as a vehicle for timely, flexible grantmaking to address these urgent needs due to a current shift in federal policies, funding and the national political climate.

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


Jump to the Resilience Fund section of our current grant opportunities page for the most up-to-date information on applying. The latest Resilience Fund updates are on our blog, including recent grantees and new rounds of funding announcements. The 2019 deadline to apply to the Resilience Fund is September 30, 2019 at 5 P.M. (PST). 

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 awards 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 award 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 with the communities your organization serves in King County;

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

  • Serve and are led by immigrants and refugees, women and girls, LGBTQIA+ populations, Black, Indigenous and other systematically oppressed populations facing emerging challenges due to current policy decisions; 

  • Work to advance racial and economic equity;

  • Have activities already underway in King County;

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

  • Demonstrate expertise in their particular issue/field.

Some examples of work that might be funded include, but are not limited to, projects that:

  • Preserve the rights of vulnerable communities;

  • Offer "know your rights" trainings, legal clinics, and provide information about immigration support services broadly for threatened populations;  

  • Train and engage community leaders in advocacy, base building and community organizing;
  • Support reproductive justice, restorative justice and those most directly impacted by the criminal legal system;

  • Are rooted in proactive, emergent strategies to improve community resilience, which offer a substantial shift in allowing threatened groups to not only survive but thrive. 

 Additional Information

Please email Jonathan Cunningham at with any questions. Up-to-date deadlines are on the Resilience Fund section of our grant opportunities page.

The first round of the Resilience Fund in the spring of 2017 granted $565,000 to 33 organizations. The 2017 fall cycle of the Resilience Fund granted $371,000 to 24 organizations. The 2018 spring cycle of Resilience Fund granted $327,000 to 22 organizations. The 2018 winter cycle of Resilience Fund granted $365,000 to 23 organizations. The 2019 cycle of Resilience Fund granted out $550,000 to 31 organizations. Find more Resilience Fund updates on our blog.


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

Thank you to King County, Medina Foundation, Stolte Family Foundation, Bank of America, The Fund for New Citizens in the New York Community Trust, Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation and Emerald Fund for their partnership.


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