Announcement: COVID Relief Funds Coming to Youth Development Nonprofits

The Washington State Department of Commerce is partnering with School’s Out Washington to implement the Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund. This one-time investment will provide unrestricted funds to youth development programs that have stretched to support young people most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and furthest from educational justice.
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 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.
School’s Out Washington is working with the Department of Commerce to finalize funding criteria and award size, with input from stakeholders across the state. We will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) this month and expect to make awards in November 2020. Please visit our website for additional updates and information regarding this funding opportunity.

Call for Peer Reviewers

School’s Out Washington is seeking peer reviewers to participate in the grant review process for the Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund. Reviewers will be asked to participate in reviewer training, individually review a set of grants, and take part in a small group review team to discuss proposals. This work will take place in October 2020reviewers will receive a stipend.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the Peer Reviewer Interest Form and we will be in touch with more information. You can also email with questions.

About School’s Out Washington:

School’s Out Washington (SOWA) is committed to advancing equity for young people by supporting the quality and access to culturally responsive expanded learning and youth development programs across Washington State. Since 1987, SOWA has supported the professional learning and quality of the youth development field, advocacy and grant making, with racial equity underpinning all of our work.  For more information, visit

School’s Out Washington Media contact:

Andrea Fullerton, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships,