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Community Food Funding
King County Food Security Assistance Program: United Way of King County is partnering with King County to support the distribution of culturally appropriate food to economically disadvantaged communities. The Food Security Assistance Program will award $4.4 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to community-based organizations, meals programs, food banks, and coalitions.
Approximately 20 to 25 organizations will be awarded funding, with awards ranging from $150,000 to $250,000. United Way also expects to award funding to up to three coalitions, with a maximum award amount for coalitions of $500,000. Agencies awarded funding are expected to spend a majority of funds (75%) on food costs. Purchases of gift cards, food vouchers, and/or equipment (refrigerators, vehicles, etc.) are not allowable under this program.
An application for funding will be released on November 1, 2021, and will be available on this page. Contracts for the Food Security Assistance Program will begin in January 2022. For questions, please contact Sara Seelmeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who Can Apply?
- Applicant must meet all licensing requirements that apply to its organization. Companies must license, report and pay revenue taxes for the Washington State Business License (UBI#) and Seattle Business License, if they are required by the laws of those jurisdictions.
- Applicant must have past experience conducting successful outreach to the target population and successfully providing either ongoing community-sponsored services related to this RFP or related services funded by the City of Seattle, Washington State, United Way of King County or other funder.
- Applicant is incorporated as a private nonprofit corporation in the State of Washington and has been granted 501(C) (3) tax exempt status by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the applicant’s 501(C) (3) status must be in good standing and must not have been revoked in the previous calendar year.
- Applicant is a public corporation, commission, or authority established pursuant to RCW 35.21.660 or RCW 35.21.7301, and the applicant’s status as a legal entity must be in good standing and must not have been revoked in the previous calendar year.
- Applicant has a fiscal sponsor that has 501(C) (3) tax-exempt status.
- Applicant or its fiscal sponsor has a demonstrated capacity to ensure adequate administrative and accounting procedures and controls necessary to safeguard all funds that are awarded under the terms of this RFI.
- Applicant must have a Federal Tax ID number/employer identification number (EIN) to facilitate payments from the City of Seattle to the provider.
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