Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund

Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund

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 9.3 million in 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.

A translated version of the RFP is available for download here. Please note that all applications must be submitted in English through the online application system. You can use the translated version of the RFP to review information on eligibility requirements, the review process, and application procedures. 

Important information:

  • Applications are due on October 5, 2020. 
  • Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $50,000.
  • We expect to notify awardees in November, and to issue payments in December 2020.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must be providing or are planning to provide services to youth through in-person, virtual, or direct-needs support through December 2020.
  • Applicants must be experiencing a negative fiscal impact as a result of COVID-19.

Technical assistance

We are working with a diverse set of technical assistance providers to offer grant writing assistance to applicants, especially those who need support in different languages. You can view the full list of technical assistance providers here.

$9.4 million awarded to 421 youth development organizations across Washington state.

The Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund was made possible by the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) and was led by  School’s Out Washington working closely with the WashingtonState Department of Commerce. This one-time investment addresses the financial and programmatic challenges that have come with COVID-19—acknowledging that lost revenue combined with increased expenses to adhere to new safety measures, leave many organizations at risk of closing their programs or sites.