Youth Opportunity Fund

The Youth Opportunity Fund offers flexible mini-grants to agencies that are providing positive development activities for youth of color in Seattle. Positive youth development is an important antidote to negative or harmful behavior which can often result in young people being unsafe and/or involved in the criminal justice system.

A total of $145,000 is available through the Youth Opportunity Fund. Individual project budget requests should range from $5,000-15,000.

Who We Fund

Community organizations, groups, and businesses that serve communities of color, specifically targeting youth under the age of 24.   

What We Fund 

Eligible projects must:

  • Engage youth and/or young adults of color, up to age 24, living in or attending school in Seattle.
  • Take place within Seattle city limits.
  • Focus on education, employment, safety, health, and/or positive connections.
  • Be designed and led by volunteers or staff that reflect the culture and languages of the participants.

We are looking for community-based ideas and encourage applicants to leverage other resources like community partnerships, in-kind donations, existing resources and services, and more.

Successful applications will result in contracts beginning on July 1, 2017 and ending on September 30, 2017. Projects should clearly start and end within this contract period.  

Information & Help Sessions

Applicants are encouraged to attend the Information Session to hear an overview of the Request for Proposals (RFP) and the application, ask questions, and learn more about the process for review, approval and contracting.

There will also be four Help Sessions designed to provide additional assistance with the application. Applicants may sign up for an appointment at any of these Help Sessions by emailing DON_Grants@seattle.gov or by calling (206) 256-5947. Applicants may also come to these Help Sessions without an appointment, but may have to wait to receive assistance.

The Information and Help Session will be held:

  • Wednesday, May 31 - 3:30-7:30pm at the South Park Community Center (8319 8th Ave S)

The remaining Help Sessions will be held:

  • Thursday, June 8 - 3:30-7:30pm at the Atlantic Street Center Rainier Beach Family Center (5150 S Cloverdale Place)
  • Tuesday, June 13 - 3:30-7:30pm in the Yesler Community Center Childcare Room (917 E Yesler Way)
  • Wednesday, June 14 - 3:30-7:30pm at Meadowbrook Community Center (10517 35th Ave NE)

Attendance at the Information Session or Help Sessions is not mandatory for funding consideration but highly encouraged.

Application Due Date

The deadline for completed applications is June 20 by 5pm.

Email completed applications to DON_Grants@seattle.gov

Send via postal mail to: 

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Attention: Teresa Bui
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649  

You can also drop off your application in-person at:

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
City Hall, 4th Floor
600 Fourth Avenue
Attention: Teresa Bui   

Past Projects

Read about our 2016 awarded organizations and projects.

Contact

Teresa Bui
Grants & Contracts Specialist
Phone: 206-256-5947
Email: DON_Grants@seattle.gov