Bolstering ongoing efforts to distribute COVID-19 relief funds equitably to the communities hardest hit by the pandemic, the Department of Commerce has partnered with Philanthropy Northwest to award $11.85 million in grants from the Washington Equity Relief Fund for Nonprofits.

Some 358 organizations statewide led by and serving Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities were given grants.

Individual grants range from $25,000 to $50,000. Of the 358 awards, 273 went to extremely small organizations that have annual budgets under $250,000. Nine $75,000 grants were awarded to organizations in rural Washington for their work, limited community resources, and the higher impacts of COVID-19 in their communities.

Commerce and Philanthropy Northwest targeted allocations by region to equitably support communities experiencing higher health and economic impacts of COVID-19 while ensuring funding in every county across the state:

  • King County — over $2.5 million
  • Northeast region — over $2 million
  • Southeast region — $2 million
  • Northwest region — $1.5 million
  • South Puget Sound region — $1.7 million
  • Southwest region — $1.7 million

In addition, Philanthropy Northwest partnered with Potlatch Fund to provide $225,000 for non-federally recognized Tribes in Washington and support Potlatch Fund serving Indigenous communities.