Communities of Opportunity (COO) announced the support to Black communities by releasing a one-year investment in Black-led (including African descent and diaspora) organizations working on systems and policy change in the Black community.
The Request For Proposals (RFP) is related to proposals from community-led and community-engaged efforts to transform systems and policies for stronger community connections, economic opportunity, better health, and/or housing that will decrease and/or prevent continued inequity in communities that have been most harmed by racist and oppressive policies and systems, particularly low-income communities and communities of color in King County.
The program supports (among other things):
- Efforts to reduce inequity through systems and policy change.
- Efforts can be targeted at a wide variety of institutions including but not limited to government, regulatory agencies, schools, and post-secondary institutions, hospitals and health care delivery systems, and places of employment.
- Efforts that demonstrate knowledge of the practices, policies, rules, systems, or regulations they seek to change.
Funding amount and length:
- COO has $725,000 to award, supporting work taking place in 2021.
- Grants will be awarded as $145,000 partnership grants.
- Organizations may not apply as individual organizations, this funding is only available to support organizations of two or more working together towards a common outcome.
- All grant resources must be spent down by December 31, 2021.
Applications are due Oct. 27 via the online application portal.
Link to the COO portal