Seattle Foundation announces $565,000 in Resilience Fund grants to support marginalized communities. A second round of funding opens September 29
Seattle Foundation is awarding grants to 33 organizations under our Resilience Fund to safeguard and advance the safety, security, constitutional or human rights of our region’s vulnerable community members. This first round of funding is infusing $565,000 in community organizations that are strengthening vulnerable communities and increasing their resilience in the face of emerging challenges.
These nonprofits are addressing 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. Grants are being distributed to organizations serving a variety of vulnerable communities, including people of color, immigrant and refugee communities, LGBTQ populations, seniors, low-wage workers and others, who are experiencing changing federal policies and declining funding.
There were more than 120 grant applications. Each grantee is receiving a maximum of $25,000.
The organizations receiving Resilience Fund first-round grants are, alphabetically:
Being Empowered Thru Supportive Transitions
Congolese Integration Network
Eastside Legal Assistance Program
Eat with Muslims
Fair Work Center
Horn of Africa Services
Iraqi Community Center of Washington
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children
Not This Time
Open Doors for Multicultural Families
Refugee Women’s Alliance
Somali Family Safety Task Force
Somali Health Board
Somali Youth and Family Club
South Park Information and Resource Center
Tenants Union of Washington State
United Territories of Pacific Islanders’ Alliance
Washington Community Action Network Education & Research Fund
Washington Defender Association
“It is our highest duty to stand for those among us who do not have a seat at the table,” said Tony Mestres, president and CEO of Seattle Foundation. “The Resilience Fund grantees are safeguarding the rights and well-being of our residents, something that is deeply embedded in the values of our country and community. The Resilience Fund reflects our commitment to ensure that all people are valued and included in our community.”
King County contributed $350,000 to this grantmaking effort, with its funds dedicated to support organizations that serve and support immigrants and refugees. The county’s Office of Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) participated in the grant evaluation process and is committed to increasing empowerment, advocacy and democratic participation in our communities, and helping to protect the civil and legal rights of the members of immigrant and refugee communities.
“We proudly uphold the American promise that we are a nation that welcomes those fleeing oppression, seeking opportunity, and yearning for freedom,” said Dow Constantine, King County Executive. “We have created partnerships that will reinforce King County’s reputation as an inclusive community where all are welcome to build a better life.”
The second round of the Resilience Fund awarded $371,000 to 24 organizations.