2017 Innovation Fund RFP

The City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking applications for a pilot Innovation Fund. The 2017 Innovation Fund aims to test new ideas with a focus on results and racial equity related to one of the department's six impact areas: (1) Preparing Youth for Success, (2) Addressing Homelessness, (3) Supporting Affordability and Livability, (4) Responding to Gender-Based Violence, (5) Promoting Public Health, and (6) Promoting Healthy Aging.

Approximately $225,000 in HSD General Funds are available and will provide up to eleven (11) one-time mini grants. $125,000 of the total Innovation Fund is designated to support six grants at a maximum of $21,000 each for proposals that creatively address one or more of the Age-Friendly Seattle goals. In addition to the Age-Friendly opportunities, there will be five $20,000 grants awarded for each proposal that support the department's other five impact areas. Applicants are encouraged to identify which of the five impact areas are expected to be achieved through the proposed idea.   Please attend the following information sessions to learn more about the HSD Innovation Fund:  

*Information Session 1 Thursday, June 8, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Columbia Library, Columbia Meeting Room
4721 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118
*Information Session 2 Saturday, June 10, 2017
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Rainier Beach Community Center, Arts Room
8825 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118
Last Day to Submit Questions Friday, June 16, 2017
Application Deadline Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Interviews for Finalists (dates may need to be adjusted depending on number of proposals) Monday, July 17, 2017 Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Planned Award Notification August 2017
Contract Start Date Friday, September 1, 2017

*Please contact Jenifer Chao, Funding Process Coordinator for accommodation requests.

206-684-7622, Jenifer.chao@seattle.gov