Domestic Worker Community Organizing Funding

2022-2023 Community Organizing to Reach Domestic Workers Project Application Information


OLS seeks to partner with organizations or grassroots groups that have existing relationships in communities of color. OLS has one-time funds to support community organizing projects that will help to build wider and deeper connections with domestic workers in communities of color to understand their domestic worker rights in Seattle. Preference will be given to projects that use a clear organizing strategy (e.g., peer-to-peer), involve mutually benefiting partnerships, and/or build relationships in Asian/Pacific Islander and Black/African Descent communities. 


This opportunity is open to nonprofit organizations in the greater Seattle area OR grassroots groups that have fiscal sponsorship with a nonprofit organization in the greater Seattle area. 

Funding Details 

Project funding available:   $250,000 (Total): 

            •  At least $50,000 will be awarded for projects in Asian/Pacific Islander communities (Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, South Asian, East Asian, or Southeast Asian)

            • At least $50,000 will be awarded for projects in Black/African Descent communities (Black, African American, African Descent, East African, or West African) 

One-time funding only:         Funds are available only for the project period. Funds are not renewable. 

Project period:                        October 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023 

Request amount per project: $25,000 - $57,000 

Project awards to be funded: Up to 8 projects 

Criteria:                                   OLS will give preference to projects that: 

            • use a clear organizing strategy (e.g., peer-to-peer); 
            • involve mutually benefiting partnerships; and /or
            • build relationships in Asian/Pacific Islander and Black/African Descent communities. 

Deliverables:                           Awarded projects will: 

            •  Attend (1) Domestic Workers Standards Board (DWSB) meeting in 2023 to share about their project and network with DWSB members, OLS staff, and other community organizers.
            • Complete and submit (1) project summary report (no more than two pages) to OLS by December 31, 2023. 

Other requirements if awarded funding:

Awarded projects will be contracted for funding and required to: 

  • complete IRS W-9 form and City of Seattle Consultant Questionnaire; and
  • submit monthly invoices.

Application Process 

To be considered for funding, applications must be completed in English and submitted electronically by Monday, July 11, 2022 at 5:00 pm PDT to Courtney Velazquez, OLS Engagement Specialist, at with the subject line “Project Application: Community Organizing to Reach Domestic Workers.”

Application packet is available in English and Spanish.
Please contact OLS by June 13, 2022, to request translation of application into another language. 

Complete applications will include:

  • Project Application: Cover Sheet (Attachment 1) 
  • Project Application: Budget Sheet (Attachment 2)
  • Project Application: Application Questions – Maximum two pages (Attachment 3)

Application Process Deadlines

Monday, June 6, 2022


Application Period opens


Thursday, June 16, 2022

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

OLS held an optional Information Session for potential applicants. 

To view a recording of the Information Session, please download

To view a PDF of the slide presentation, please go here.

Monday, July 11, 2022

5:00 PM PDT

Application Period closes

Funding Decision Estimated Timeline 

OLS application review and award decisions: Tuesday, July 12, 2022 – Friday, August 12, 2022 

OLS notify applicants of award decisions:       Mid-August 2022 

Contract negotiation and execution:                Mid-August – September 2022 

Contract activity/project period begins:           October 1, 2022  

Contact: Courtney Velazquez, OLS Engagement Specialist at or call (206) 446-8300 for application assistance