The COVID-19 outbreak, extended school closures and social distancing have deepened inequities and hardships for children and youth across Washington State. Youth development programs have quickly adapted their services to provide responsive supports for youth and families to whom they are deeply connected, including emergency childcare, social-emotional supports, academic mentoring, virtual programming, and even basic needs supports.
These relief funds address the financial and programmatic challenges that have come with COVID-19, acknowledging that lost revenue combined with increased expenses to adhere to COVID safety measures leave many organizations at risk of closing one or more programs or sites.
Basic eligibility criteria:
- Applicants must be Washington-based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations or be fiscally sponsored by a 501 (c)(3)
- Applicants must have provided youth development services to youth (ages 5 to 24) prior to March 2020; and are currently providing or plan to provide services to youth through in-person, virtual, or direct support through December 2020.
- Applicants must be experiencing a negative fiscal impact as a result of COVID-19.