What is the Solidarity Fund?
The Coalition created the Solidarity Fund in the Spring of 2020 as a rapid response to the COVID19 pandemic, and the clear and disproportionate threats of this crisis to people experiencing homelessness. Phase 1 has been completed, and the Coalition is happy to announce that Phase II applications are now being accepted.
With Phase II, the Coalition seeks to provide emergency financial supports to organizations that serve people who are experiencing homelessness in King County. The Coalition is looking to fill in the system gaps where the current COVID-19 related funding streams do not provide clear or obtainable options. These funds are not designed to support core operational functions. Instead, the Coalition is looking to provide micro-aid to help address emergent health and safety related issues caused by the ongoing pandemic conditions.
The Coalition expects to grant out $48,000 with most grants in the range of $1,000-$5,000.
Donate to our Solidarity Fund:
Select “Solidarity Fund” on our donation page as the gift designation.
Applications are currently being accepted through Thursday, July 15. To apply, complete this google form or request an electronic or hard copy of the form, and submit it along with required supplemental documentation to email@example.com.
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What can funds be used for?
Funds are intended to support programming and direct services, or bolster internal operations to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tell us what you need to do your work.
We will consider requests to fund tangible goods, supplies, and direct services up to $5,000. Requests over $5,000 will be considered on a case-by-case basis as our funding pool allows.
Our members have first-hand knowledge about homelessness and the strengths and gaps in services and systems. This grounds our work in reality. The Solidarity Fund is intended to respond to that reality and improve life, health, and safety for people in our community NOW. We will continue to advocate for massive, coordinated, and effective government response and strengthened public policies at the local, state, and federal levels.
Administration: We will draw a 10% administrative fee from the funding pool to cover costs to the Coalition of administering these grants.
- Be either 501c3 or fiscally sponsored.
- Provide direct services (outreach, shelter, day or hygiene services) or rent-restricted affordable housing to people who are homeless or who were formerly homeless, live in King County, and are living at or below 30% of the area median income.
- Have a clear plan and the capacity to spend funds within 90 days.
Applications will be prioritized by:
- Coalition member organizations [Membership dues are sliding scale and current ability to pay full dues should not be a barrier to membership. Please see our Membership page here.].
- Organizations with budgets of under $1,500,000 (we will consider requests from larger organizations but wish to prioritize smaller entities).
- Organizations that serve people who are currently without housing or shelter or people at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 or suffering severe health consequences if they do.
- Organizations that focus on addressing the issues and experiences faced by BIPOC community members without housing or shelter.
- Proposals that help meet needs not addressed adequately by existing public resources.