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Basic Needs Grants

Basic needs such as food, shelter, and access to health care is the first step to identifying the complex, long-term issues families with young children face, that will eventually require collaborative solutions.
While we work toward long-term outcomes through our CORE Collaborative Approach, continued support of families with young children for basic needs such as food, healthcare, housing, and transportation is a necessity. Though the majority of our community investments have been made into the CORE Collaboratives, we continue to make some program-level investments in basic needs, working with these partners to integrate into the collaborative model over time. We anticipate that basic needs programs will be a valuable entry point for families to connect with Collaboratives that can provide holistic services for both the children and the adults in their lives.
Thirty percent of the CORE Fund is allocated to Basic Needs grants. These grants are awarded to provide basic need services and/or access to services for young children (prenatal to age eight) and their families with low income. These Basic Needs grants will be 18-month investments beginning in July 2019.

All funding decisions are made by trained volunteer grant readers. Funding determinations are based on the priority of needs, a program's effectiveness, and its ability to show measurable results. Grants are available to public and nonprofit organizations that met the minimum standards for eligibility and submit all required eligibility documentation. Program grants are not awarded for capital projects.


The Basic Needs Grant Application process closed on April 7, 2019 and grant readers are in the process of reviewing applications. Funding announcements are anticipated to be made the week of May 20, 2019.


Questions related to the current grant cycle should be directed to Molly Fay, CORE Collaboratives Manager, at or 425.374.5545.

Questions related to grant investment should be directed to Lark Kesterke, Director of Impact and Investments, at or 425.374.5506.