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COVID Relief Funds Coming to Youth Development Nonprofits

The Washington State Department of Commerce is partnering with School’s Out Washington to implement the Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund. This one-time investment will provide unrestricted funds to youth development programs that have stretched to support young people most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and furthest from educational justice.
 
The COVID-19 outbreak, extended school closures, and social distancing have deepened inequities and hardships for children and youth across Washington state. Youth development programs have quickly adapted their services to provide responsive supports for youth and families to whom they are deeply connected—including emergency childcare, social-emotional supports, academic mentoring, virtual programming, and basic needs supports. These relief funds address the financial and programmatic challenges that have come with COVID-19, acknowledging that lost revenue combined with increased expenses to adhere to COVID safety measures leave many organizations at risk of closing one or more programs or sites.
 
School’s Out Washington is working with the Department of Commerce to finalize funding criteria and award size, with input from stakeholders across the state. We will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) this month and expect to make awards in November 2020. Please visit the website for additional updates and information regarding this funding opportunity.

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