Summer Opportunity Fund

The fund provides $75,000 for community-based summer projects that focus on education, employment, justice, violence prevention, health, or a combination of these topics. Its goal is to support positive activities and opportunities for youth while reducing violence that disproportionately affects communities of color in Seattle. The City is steadfast in our commitment to ensure that our youth in every neighborhood have access to opportunity and are equipped with the educational support and career pathways to be prepared to succeed.  

Community organizations, groups, and businesses can apply. Funded projects receive between $5,000 and $15,000.

Community-based projects that:

  • Focus on engaging East African and Black/African American young men ages 18-24 living in or attending school in Seattle.
  • Leverage community resources such as in-kind donations, existing resources and services and community partnerships
  • Take place within Seattle city limits.  
  • Address education, employment, justice, violence prevention and/or health.  
  • Are culturally and linguistically appropriate.
  • Are led by volunteers or staff that reflect the communities of the participants.