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, Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation and Emerald Fund and other individual philanthropists, the Resilience Fund provides grants of up to $20,000 to community-based nonprofits. In 2017, there were two grant cycles, with deadlines of June 26 and September 29

The Resilience Fund will support community-based nonprofits seeking flexible funding to address unanticipated and emerging challenges that impact marginalized populations in our region. These nonprofits are facing increased needs for information, 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. This fund is similar to rapid response funds developed around the nation by other communities and organizations to address increasing needs and concerns.

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.

Criteria to select grantee organizations are focused on those that:

  • Serve and are led by immigrants and refugees, women and girls, LGBTQ populations and historically marginalized communities facing amplified threats, erosion of rights or discrimination;
  • 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 LGBTQ community members);
  • 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;
  • Analyze and provide information about reductions in healthcare services and advocate or address affordable and accessible care;
  • Involve timely environmental justice efforts;
  • Train and engage community leaders in advocacy, base building and community organizing;
  • 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.

The first round of the Resilience Fund awarded $565,000 to 33 organizations.

The second round of the Resilience Fund awarded $371,000 to 24 organizations

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

Thank you to King County, Medina Foundation, Stolte Family Foundation, Bank of America, Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation and Emerald Fund for their partnership.

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