Funding for Tenant Services

Request for Proposals (RFP)

We are excited to announce this Tenant Services Grants Request for Proposal (RFP). A total of $615,000 is available in 2020, pending final approval of the City's 2020 budget. We are seeking proposals from organizations with experience and/or expertise in providing services to communities in Seattle. Organizations that are already providing tenant services are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Proposals should focus on one or more of the following goals and action areas: 

Goal 1: Eviction Prevention and Legal Defense 

  • Legal advice and representation for tenants facing eviction.
  • Hosting legal clinics to help tenants receive individualized help with disputes before they are in eviction proceedings.
  • Connecting tenants to financial or other assistance to help prevent eviction. Proposals should not include direct cash assistance to tenants.
  • Assistance with documentation, interpretation, and translation to tenants going through relocation processes, such the City's Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance. 

Goal 2: Assist and Support Tenants in the Rental Relationship 

  • Guidance on how to deal with common issues facing renters, including such things as counseling, written guidance, and example correspondence
  • Legal advice
  • Conflict mediation
  • Subsidy defense
  • Connection to services such as financial counselling, aging and disability services, and debt defense

Goal 3: Increase Awareness and Connect the Renting Community to Resources 

  • Door-to-door and other proactive outreach, education, and assistance with accessing City or other services
  • Advice and assistance with tenant organizing
  • Assisting and advocating for tenants facing problems with housing conditions or rental regulation violations
  • Partnerships with organizations serving tenants in focus communities who are less likely to access City and other services
  • Community events and trainings that educate tenants about renter protections and resources and help connect tenants to services 

Timeline for Funding Proposals

Funding Opportunity Released October 30, 2019
Application Deadline December 2, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
Planned Award Notification December 12, 2019
Anticipated Contract Start Date January 1, 2020

Continuing Opportunity!

Are you a small organization that is looking to educate your community about tenants' rights? We want to hear from YOU!

We are pleased to announce the availability of small grants for tenant services. A total of $37,496 is available in 2019. The grants are meant to fund multiple proposals and approved grants shall not exceed $5,000. 

We are seeking short proposals from small, not-for-profit, community organizations who will use these funds to support tenants in understanding the rights and resources available to them. These funds can be used for expenses such as staff time, venue rentals, refreshments, childcare, translation, transportation, etc.

Project ideas could include hosting a community training, running an outreach campaign, tabling opportunities, or any creative idea to connect with communities about tenants' rights and resources. These funds can be used for one event or continuous engagement to be completed by December 31, 2019.

Your proposal should be no more than two pages (front and back, including the application template) and include:

  • A description of your organization
  • The type of event, outreach, or project your organization would like to do
  • Whether or not your organization would like Renting in Seattle staff to come and educate your community on their tenant rights
  • Proposed budget for your project

Application Materials

Timeline for Funding Proposals

Funding Opportunity Released August 21, 2019
Application Deadline Continuous until all funds are dispersed
Planned Award Notification Decisions will be made within 30 days of application receipt
Anticipated Contract Start Date Upon acceptance and approval of or project proposal

If you have questions, please email Amanda.Pleasant-Brown@seattle.gov or call (206) 386-4249.