School’s Out Washington, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce, has created the Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund and awarded $9.4 million to 421 youth development organizations across the state, a department press release recently announced.

The funding was made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The one-time investment aims to help nonprofits keep their doors open and manage programmatic and financial obstacles including lost revenue and increased expenses to comply with COVID-19 safety measures, per the release.

Awards were distributed across the state, with an emphasis on organizations serving populations that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 (BIPOC, LGBTQ, migrants/immigrants, youth with disabilities, and youth in poverty, among others). More specifically:

  • 83 percent include a focus on BIPOC youth and 90 percent include a focus on youth in poverty;
  • 84 percent provide expanded learning opportunities, 76 percent provide mentoring, and 60 percent provide wrap-around services; and
  • 78 percent serve children between ages 5 and 12; 86 percent serve youth between 13 and 18; and 51 percent serve young adults between ages 19 and 24.

Awards range from $10,000 to $50,000 and will be distributed between mid-November and Dec. 15, 2020.

Click here for the full list of awardees.