Thank you for inquiring about funding opportunities from Social Justice Fund NW. We are a member-funded foundation that supports the creation of a just society through fundraising, grantmaking, and member involvement.
SJF NW provides essential resources to organizations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming to strengthen grassroots efforts in the broad-based movement for progressive, systemic social change.
We know these times are incredibly challenging for you and our most vulnerable communities, we are committed to moving essential resources to frontline grassroots organizations and are doing our best with limited capacity to communicate and move money as quickly as possible.
To support your search for resources, we have compiled a list of foundations providing funding outside of our 5-state region to support you in your search for funding. This is a living document and we are working to update it regularly.
Seattle Area & WA State Resources for COVID-19 Response & Relief
Seattle Office of Economic Development grants of up to $10,000. Drawing from a $1.5 million addition to the city’s Small Business Stabilization Fund, these grants are available to small business owners who make 80 percent or less of the area’s median income; have a physical location and five or fewer employees; and have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19. Financials must be shared as part of the process. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. (Update: It sounds like the mayor will add another $1 million to the fund due to the high number of applications.)
Information about the city’s business and occupation tax deadline extension. The city’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services extended the city’s B&O filing deadline for businesses who reported $5 million or less in revenue in 2019 and pay their B&O tax on a quarterly basis. The first and second quarters of 2020 will tentatively be due on or before October 31. The Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) is also working with affected businesses who need tax filing extensions, and it may also waive late payments in certain situations. Contact the DOR at 360-705-6705.
Deferred payment plans with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), Seattle City Light (SCL), and Puget Sound Energy. Utilities will be kept on in Seattle throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Commercial customers can set up deferred payment plans with SCL or SPU by calling 206-684-3000 or emailing here. Also, gas provider Puget Sound Energy will not be disconnecting customers, instead waiving late fees and offering payment plans.
Amazon’s Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund cash grants for South Lake Union and Regrade small businesses. The e-commerce giant will draw from a $5 million fund to support businesses with less than $7 million in annual revenue or fewer than 50 employees with a few blocks of its Seattle headquarters.
Washington Small Business Development Center’s Business Resiliency Toolkit and Guide. to be used in conjunction with the Washington SBDC Small Business Resiliency Guide.
Federal Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (up to $2 million). Congress has approved $7 billion in funding to this program as part of its COVID-19 response. It can “provide up to $2 million of financial assistance (actual loan amounts are based on amount of economic injury) to small businesses or private, non-profit organizations that suffer substantial economic injury as a result of the declared disaster, regardless of whether the applicant sustained physical damage.” You can apply online here. Any questions about that or the application process can be directed to 1-800-659-2955 or DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.
Preparing your Business for COVID-19 (via NEC member organization the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives)
CoronaVirus Resources for Artists and Principles for Ethical Cancellation (via New Economy Coalition member organization Springboard for the Arts)
Demands from Grassroots Organizers Concerning COVID-19 (via Transforming Spaces)
COVID-19 Resources for the Disability Community (via Access Living)
Crisis Funds in the Pacific NW
Covid-19 Response Funds in Hawaii, Alaska, Wa, Or, ID, MT, WY (via Philanthropy NW)
Seattle Artist Relief Fund Amid COVID-19 – Ijeoma Olu
Jade District Covid Relief Fund – APANO – Jade District, Portland OR
Love Not Fear Fund – Latino Community Foundation
Crossroads Fund ‘Critical Response Fund’
Covid-19 Crisis Response Resources (Via Forefront)
NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund (The New York Community Trust)
Phil COVID-19 Fund (via Philadelphia Foundation)
Emergent Fund – People’s Bailout
National Domestic Workers Alliance Care Fund (via ActBlue)
Liberated Capital: A Decolonized Wealth Fund – Native American Community Response Fund
Immigrant Worker Safety Net Fund – National Day Laborer Organizing Network
Above and Beyond Solidarity Fund – Thousand Currents
National & International COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Funds (via National Center for Family Philanthropy)
Other COVID-19 Response Lists & Resources:
Growing List of Resources for Artists (Via Artist Trust)
Funding Resources for CoronaVirus (COVID-19) (via Candid)
Covid-19 Crisis Response Resources (Via Forefront)
Los Angeles & National COVID-19 Resources & Help (via Pacific Crossroads Church)
Grants & Resources for Artists & Non-Profits (via ARTery)
Recording Artist Relief Fund (via Recording Academy)
How to Adapt Organizing (from North Star Fund)
Coronavirus information for nonprofits (via Lawyers Alliance)
Free premium Slack accounts for COVID-related nonprofits (info in Twitter post)