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We’re proud to partner with more than 100 service providers to address community challenges and deliver vital services throughout King County. We periodically solicit competitive applications for funding.
Community Food Fund (CFF)
United Way of King County is partnering with The City of Seattle to invest over $600,000 in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds to address food insecurity in communities most impacted by COVID-19. The funds will support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and Immigrant/Refugee led food programming and partnerships that have formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applications are due Friday, September 11, by 5:00 PM.
Contact for questions, Kidist Winters, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-application Information Session: This will be an opportunity for interested organizations to hear more about the program and to ask questions about the program and/or the application process. (No Registration Needed)
- 8/19, 10am-11am, https://zoom.us/j/91633866351?pwd=SFNTeHJHbzhoMU9hODRJZFd6V2oxZz09
- 8/24, 11am-12pm, https://zoom.us/j/99200595584?pwd=bEVuN3VJMUQwTitNYjBJMlY0L3hqUT09
Technical Assistance Zoom Office Hours: This is an opportunity to have specific questions answered. (No Registration Needed)
- 8/26 10am-11am, https://zoom.us/j/95120521321?pwd=a2VMKzNsNG5UMjB0YmVmQVpjRzBGZz09
- 8/26 1pm-2pm, https://zoom.us/j/97527935032?pwd=ZW95WmI5VmZuYVRHeE9IakFKMXpQZz09
- 8/27 10am-11am, https://zoom.us/j/94920843981?pwd=K1RtNjFpekkvZHdyd3pZdnBYK0Zzdz09
- 9/10 10am-11am, https://zoom.us/j/93303807724?pwd=UkhTYzR6cHJHRTRNOWhYUXlsYUlTZz09
- 9/10 3pm-4pm, https://zoom.us/j/98202105073?pwd=Y0JUTnRLV1BzcURyUStyZXN6SkpXQT09
Are staff available to review our applications, answer our questions, or help us if we have trouble with the online application?
Why are foodbanks not eligible for this fund?
The Seattle Food Fund is available for foodbanks through a partnership with the City of Seattle and Solid Ground. If your foodbank was not eligible for the Seattle Food Fund, please contact Kidist Winters at email@example.com.
While our foodbank applied for the Seattle Food Fund through a partnership between the City of Seattle and Solid Ground, we have additional food programming. Are we eligible for this fund?
Our program is interested in applying for this fund, but we don’t have 501(c)(3) status. Are we eligible for this Fund?
The Community Food Fund has federal funding and requires that organizations have 501(c)(3) status. If your organization doesn’t have a 501(c)(3) status, you must have a fiscal sponsor. The fiscal sponsor must have a 501(c)(3) status and an active SAM registration. The program contact should submit the grant application.
Is the application available in any other languages?
Is there a geographic area of focus for this fund?
The Community Food Fund is available for community-based organizations serving BIPOC communities within the boundaries of the City of Seattle. If an organization is located out of the city boundaries, they must be able to show that they will only serve Seattle residents with these funds.
The grant description says it is open to BIPOC and immigrant/refugee community groups that formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Does that mean smaller organizations or partnerships that are addressing food insecurity but existed before COVID-19 are unable to apply?
The fund is open to food security programs led by or in partnership with BIPOC and immigrant/refugee communities. If a program existed pre-COVID-19, agencies could still apply for this funding. Please communicate to us how you have pivoted your programming (meal, grocery, or other food security shifts) to meet the need during the pandemic.
Can funds be awarded to sub-recipients retroactively to March when the pandemic started?
No. Funds can be awarded retroactively starting August 10, 2020, if agencies have an active non-expired SAM registration. If not, the funds would be awarded retroactively to the day the SAM registration becomes active.
Is salary an allowable expense?
What if I am interested in applying for the fund, but the SAM registration will not be active in time to submit it along with my application?
What is the definition of BIPOC led organization?
The Community Food Fund aims to fund projects that focus on reaching communities of color, immigrants, refugees, people with low income, youth and young adults, and English language learners. Our intent is to fund BIPOC led organizations where at least 25%+ but preferably 50% of staff and board are people of color and/or immigrants/refugees.
What is the definition of a small-scale farm?
The definition of a small-scale farm is under 10 acres that are run by community members and utilize sustainable, culturally appropriate farming practices with little or no expensive technologies. We are open to considering applications that do not meet all three criteria but meet other criteria for the Community Food Fund.
Please check back on this site for future grant opportunities or sign up to receive notification at CommunityServices@uwkc.org.
Who Can Apply?
To be eligible for funding by United Way of King County, agencies must meet ALL of the following criteria:
- Must spend funds before 12/30/20
- Must complete basic reporting
- 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.
To learn more about becoming a funded agency, email
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