Fund FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the Fund

Where does funding for the Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund come from? 
The Fund is made possible through the generosity of partners in philanthropy, business, and the community, including individual donors.

What is the deadline to apply for funding? 
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Who is eligible to apply to the Fund? 
Nonprofit organizations, school districts, and local tribes that support PK-12 (pre-kindergarten through 12th grade) students and/or youth and young adults (age 13-24) experiencing homelessness in Washington State can apply to the Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund. Fiscally sponsored organizations are also eligible to apply.

We recognize the varying degrees of support organizations can provide students and youth and young adults experiencing homelessness, therefore we welcome applications from organizations that are not solely focused on providing housing support.

What are the geographic locations in which funds can be used?
Organizations, school districts, or local tribes must be located within Washington State and serve students and/or youth and young adults experiencing homelessness within the state. We are particularly interested in supporting organizations, school districts, local tribes in rural areas given the lack of resources in these geographic areas. 

How much will organizations, school districts, and local tribes be awarded? 
Grants will range between $5,000 and $20,000 per application. Award amounts will vary depending on funding requests and resources available in the Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund itself.  

Given the limitations of the Fund, partial awards may be made. Once funds have been exhausted and we can no longer award grants, we will make an announcement on our website. 

How will funding be prioritized?
Funds will be divided evenly with 50% of it being allocated to organizations, school districts, and local tribes supporting youth and young adults experiencing homelessness and the remaining half of the funds allocated to organizations, school districts, and local tribes supporting PK-12 students experiencing homelessness.

Funding will be prioritized to organizations, school districts, and local tribes whose work aligns with the two principles listed below:

  1. EQUITY: Organizations, school districts, and local tribes that serve PK-12 students and/or youth and young adults in marginalized populations most impacted by COVID-19. Examples are not limited to the following: Blacks/African Americans, Latinx, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, LGBTQ, youth with disabilities, pregnant or parenting youth and young adults, immigrant/refugee, non-English speakers, youth with prior involvement in the legal system, commercial sexually exploited children, and youth living in households with domestic violence. 
  2. GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: Organizations, school districts, and local tribes that serve PK-12 students and/or youth and young adults, in all parts of Washington State including rural areas.

I understand that there are two applications to serve youth and young adults AND students experiencing homelessness. Can I apply to both applications if I work in an organization, school district, or local tribe that serves both populations?
We recommend you complete one application, taking into consideration the population you primarily serve—youth and young adults experiencing homelessness or students experiencing homelessness. 

When will we hear from you once we have submitted our application?
(Updated 6/5/20) Pending funding availability, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All applicants will be notified via email if they are awarded, not awarded, or if their application is on hold for further consideration if more funds become available. If awarded, you will first receive an award letter, followed by the funds within two to three weeks of receiving the award letter. 

If awarded, are there any restrictions on what the funds can be used for? Is there a timeline of when funds must be spent by? 
Funds can be used in any way organizations, school districts, and local tribes see fit in supporting students and youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. There is no deadline for when funds need to be used by. Here are some examples of allowable expenses:

  • Financial assistance for housing, food, and basic needs
  • Computer/hardware equipment for school and work
  • Internet/wi-fi access
  • Motel/hotel rooms for safe shelter and to allow social distancing
  • Hygiene, cleaning supplies, and personal protective equipment

If awarded and funding remains available, can we apply and receive another award?
No. To ensure widest distribution of funds, nonprofit organizations, school districts, and local tribes that have already been awarded funding through the Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund are not eligible for additional grants.

Will I be required to submit a report on how funds were used?
No, grantees do not need to report back on how grants were used. Instead, Building Changes may reach out with a simple, voluntary follow-up survey. This information helps us to identify future funding needs.

Who do I contact to learn more about the Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund?
Please contact Building Changes’ program director, Liza Burell, (206) 805-6143.