Washington Equity Relief Fund awards nearly $12 million statewide

Washington Equity Relief Fund awards nearly $12 million statewide

Seattle-based Philanthropy Northwest has announced grants totaling $11.85 million to nearly three hundred and sixty organizations led by and serving Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities in Washington state.

Awarded through the Washington Equity Relief Fund for Nonprofits in partnership with the state's Department of Commerce and made possible by federal CARES Act funding, the grants include two hundred and seventy-three awards to organizations with annual budgets under $250,000, with most of the grants ranging between $25,000 and $50,000. In addition, nine grants of $75,000 were awarded to organizations working in rural Washington communities to address the impacts of COVID-19. Philanthropy Northwest also announced that it is partnering with the Potlatch Fund to provide $225,000 to non-federally recognized tribes in Washington and other initiatives serving Indigenous communities.

"Despite the substantial funding pool from the Washington Department of Commerce, the available funding only covers about 30 percent of the nearly $40 million in applicant requests," said Philanthropy Northwest executive vice president Anjana Pandey. "But we had one hundred and four community reviewers committed to making careful, tough decisions. The majority of these reviewers are from BIPOC communities, many with their own life experience and understanding of living in poverty and/or in rural areas. On behalf of these community reviewers and in partnership with the Department of Commerce, we are honored to award this money to three-hundred and fifty-eight BIPOC nonprofit organizations [across] Washington."

For a complete list of grantees, see the Philanthropy Northwest website.