3/30/21 UPDATE: We have granted out all available funds through the Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund and are no longer accepting applications. If more funding becomes available, we will announce it here and re-open our application process. Thank you.
The goal of the Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund is to ensure communities impacted by COVID-19 can rapidly address the diverse needs of students and youth experiencing homelessness at this time. Funds are flexible and intended to enhance, not replace federal, state, or local public funding that will already be directed to nonprofit organizations, school districts, and local tribes. For more details about the Fund and how it works, please visit our FAQ page.
Grant Amount: Between $5,000 and $20,000, pending funding availability.
Deadline, Notification, and Award Process: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, pending funding availability. All applicants will be notified via email if they are awarded, not awarded, or if their application is on hold for further consideration if more funds become available. If awarded, you will first receive an award letter, followed by the funds within two to three weeks of receiving the award letter.
Eligibility Requirement: You are a nonprofit organization, school district, or local tribe in the state of Washington that serves early learning program students, K-12 students, and/or youth and young adults (age 13-24) experiencing homelessness, including those living unsheltered, in shelters, in a hotel/motel, or are in doubled-up/couch-surfing living situation. Fiscally sponsored organizations are also eligible to apply.
Priority will be given to organizations, school districts, and local tribes whose work aligns with the two principles listed below:
EQUITY: Organizations, school districts, and local tribes that serve early learning program students, K-12 students, and/or youth and young adults in populations most impacted by COVID-19. Examples include but are not limited to the following groups: Blacks/African Americans, Latinx, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, LGBTQ, youth with disabilities, pregnant or parenting youth and young adults, immigrant/refugee, non-English speakers, youth with prior or current involvement in the legal system, commercial sexually exploited children, and youth living in households with domestic violence.
GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: Organizations, school districts, and local tribes that serve early learning program students, K-12 students, and/or youth and young adults, in all parts of Washington State including rural areas.
If you have questions that are not answered on our our FAQ page, please contact Building Changes’ program director, Liza Burell, (206) 805-6143.