Youth Grantmaking Board RFP


What is the Youth Grantmaking Board?

The Seattle Foundation’s Youth Grantmaking Board (YGB) was established in the fall of 2006 to help young people use philanthropy to effect positive change in their community. The 2017-2018 Board is comprised of 17 students from the greater Seattle area and is committed to supporting programs and services that help individuals and families in King County. Through training and collaboration with Seattle Foundation staff and community experts, the YGB performs the same functions as other special-grants committees: assessing community needs, developing a request for proposal, reviewing grant applications, conducting site visits, and making final funding recommendations to the Seattle Foundation Board of Trustees. The members of the YGB change every year, so although the focus of the funding is on programs serving youth, each Board defines the specific needs that the grants will address every year.

2018 Grant Funding Available: $20,000

Minimum Funding Request: $5,000
Maximum Funding Request: $20,000
The YGB will award one to three one-time, one-year grants during the spring 2018 funding cycle.

2018 Youth Grantmaking Board Funding Priorities

The Youth Grantmaking Board invites proposals from established 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, or those under the fiscal sponsorship of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, focused on advocacy and organizing for immigrants and refugees in the King County area. In a time of political differences and cultural upheaval, the need for safe and supportive environments for immigrants and refugees are necessary to maintain vibrant, culturally-diverse communities. To ensure the long-term sustainability of individuals and their families during this transitional and threatening period, the YGB believes that there must be supportive policies and services to help immigrants and refugees thrive.

The YGB will give priority to programs or projects that:

• Have community representation within the organization’s leadership and proven track record working with immigrants and refugees.
• Approach their work with an intersectional lens (e.g., criminal justice reform and economic opportunities).

Schedule and Submission

The YGB Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released on Friday February 9, 2018. All proposals must be received by 5:00pm on Thursday March 8, 2018 via mail, email or fax. The YGB will review proposals, contact organizations for more information as needed and conduct site visits to selected agencies in April 2018. Final grant decisions will be made in late April to early May 2018 and recipients will be notified at that time. Recipients will also be invited to attend the YGB Celebration Event on the evening of May 29, 2018. The duration of project funding is July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019. Please contact Saúl Valdez and Aileen Balahadia at if you forecast any delay in submission or have questions.

Required Information

• Grant Cover Sheet (Attached to this RFP).
• Program narrative (maximum three pages).
• Documentation of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status (from organization or fiscal sponsor).
• Easy-to-read proposed program or project budget.
• If applicable, please include a short financial narrative explaining any shifts in fundraising strategies.
• Current year organizational operating budget.

Program Narrative

In no more than three pages, please provide the following information:
• Briefly describe your organization and its mission.
• Describe how your organization or program addresses the YGB’s funding priorities, including an outline of your approach and what you are hoping to accomplish during this funding period.
• Briefly explain how you anticipate on utilizing your requested dollar amount.
• Describe the population that will be served through this request and how those individuals are involved in your decision-making strategies. How many individuals were impacted by your work last year? How many do you anticipate will be impacted as a result of YGB funding?
• What percentage of your staff and board of directors are people of color or represent a specific population?
• Identify any collaborative partnerships.
• Describe how you evaluate this effort, including the criteria that you use to gauge success.
• Indicate if you are a recent grantee of Seattle Foundation’s Resiliency Fund, Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N), or Vibrant Democracy Initiative.

Grant Period and Reporting Requirements

July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019. A final report will be required of each grantee. The YGB Alumni group may wish to conduct a mid-year impact assessment and site visit.


• Applicant organizations must be located in King County and must qualify as tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Service Code or be fiscally sponsored by one.
• Have an average annual operating budget of $500,000 or less in the last three years.
• Organizations with religious affiliations will be considered for grants only if their activities address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs. Proposed projects may not contain content or activities that proselytize, even when participation in such activities is voluntary.
• The YGB will not consider grant requests for the following: Individuals; Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief; Fundraising events such as walk-a-thons, tournaments, auctions and general fundraising solicitations; Conference or seminar expenses; or Scholarship or endowment funds.

Please click here to download the RFP cover sheet.