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CORE Collaborative Grants

Our CORE Collaborative Grants provide support for groups of multiple cross-sector partners with shared action plans focused on long-term solutions for children birth to age 8 and their families with low income.

This strategy utilizes two promising national models—the 2-Generational Approach, and a Collective Impact framework that places families at the center of services, fundamentally shifting the conversation around poverty from single programs to collaborative, cross-sector partnerships. These cross-sector Collaboratives will promote five components through this approach: early childhood education, postsecondary and employment pathways, economic assets, social capital, and health and well-being.

While this type of work is important for all families, we particularly support collaborations that are intentionally working to address disparities among underserved communities, including people of color.

Seventy percent of our CORE Fund was allocated to Collaborative CORE grants. These grants were awarded to Collaboratives focused on young children (birth to age eight, including prenatal) and their families with low income using the conditions of Collective Impact and a 2-Generational Approach. CORE grants are 3-year investments that began in January 2018.

All funding decisions were made by volunteers who also helped refine our investment focus. Grants were available to public and nonprofit organizations that met the minimum standards for eligibility and submitted all required eligibility documentation.

Any questions related to our CORE Collaboratives Grant investments or future grant opportunities should be directed to Lark Kesterke, Director of Impact and Investments, at or 425.374.5506.


Casino Road Opportunity For All
The Casino Road Opportunity For All Collaborative is comprised of nonprofit and public sector partners committed to serving families in the greater Casino Road community, home to the highest concentration of poverty in Snohomish County. This Collaborative will serve immigrant, low-income, non-English speaking families with children ages 0-6, as nearly 25% of foreign-born Casino Road families with young children live below the poverty line. Working in concert with the Casino Road Initiative, this Collaborative will address systemic issues related to poverty, race, and immigration by meeting basic needs and evolving their network of services to a family-centered, versus agency-centered, approach.
Collaborative Partners
  • YMCA of Snohomish County
  • Community Health Center of Snohomish County
  • Seattle Goodwill Industries
  • Casa Latina
  • Embajadores
  • Casino Road Initiative
  • ChildStrive
  • Mukilteo School District
  • Everett Community College
  • United Way of Snohomish County


Homeward House
The Homeward House Collaborative came about in response to the opioid epidemic in Snohomish County and its impact. Homeward House will provide wrap-around services and support for parents and children 0-8 (predominantly drug-affected infants) with active dependency cases. Families will be connected to specialized services and visitation will be enriched by mentoring and interactive parenting education. Parenting skills, drug & alcohol, and psychological assessments will be available and scheduled upon entry, based on each individual need and court-ordered services. All parents will be offered Dependency 101 and 201 Classes and assistance of a Parent Ally Mentor.
Collaborative Partners
  • YWCA Seattle ǀ King ǀ Snohomish
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Center for Human Services
  • Providence Regional Medical Center Everett
  • Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington
  • Snohomish County Superior Court, Family & Juvenile Court Improvement Program, Denney Juvenile Justice Center
  • Table of Ten & Superior Court Judges
  • Sherwood Community Services
  • Domestic Violence Services
  • DSHS
  • Early Intervention Program
  • Housing Hope
  • Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence University of Washington
  • Bridgeways-Employment Services
  • CCS
  • YWCA- Shelter Plus Care & Project Reunite
  • United Way of Snohomish County


Improving School Attendance for Homeless Families
Improving School Attendance for Homeless Families seeks to reduce intergenerational poverty by improving educational outcomes for homeless children and their parents. This Collaborative will give families the tools, knowledge, and resources to ensure children’s regular school attendance during times of instability. Parents will receive services from Education and Employment Specialists, who will assist in career planning, advanced education, and employment training. This Collaborative aims to strengthen families so that parents and children can support and motivate each other to succeed in school, explore career pathways, and achieve success.
Collaborative Partners
  • Housing Hope
  • Providence Institute for Health
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Amerigroup Washington
  • YWCA
  • Interfaith Family Shelter
  • Everett Gospel Mission
  • Domestic Violence Services
  • Parent Trust for Washington Children
  • Homage Senior Services
  • College of Hope
  • Everett Public School
  • ChildStrive
  • Tomorrow’s Hope Child Development
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Workforce Snohomish
  • Refugee and Immigrant Services Northwest
  • HopeWorks
  • United Way of Snohomish County


Making Life Work
Making Life Work is a community-based Collaborative dedicated to enabling families in poverty to become stable and self-sufficient, and ensuring the children of those families attain early educational success and are set up to sustain that success throughout their school years and beyond.
The Collaborative will combine three promising, complimentary models to ensure success:
  1. The Aspen Institute's 2-Generational model to ensure a comprehensive and holistic focus on both parents and children.
  2. The Collective Impact Model for the Collaborative, itself, to ensure long-term effectiveness, measurable results, and accountability.
  3. EMPath's Intergenerational Mobility Mentoring model to integrate all of the activities of the various collaborators into a single, seamless, comprehensive program for families. This model is designed to work in a whole-family way, using three primary tools:
    • The Bridge to Self Sufficiency (for adult family members)
    • The Child Bridge to a Brighter Future (for each child in the family)
    • The Family Carpool Lane Tool (for the family as a whole).
Collaborative Partners
  • Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation
  • YMCA (Stanwood-Camano Branch)
  • Safe Harbor Free Clinic
  • North County Regional Fire Authority
  • Camano Island Fire & Rescue
  • Stanwood-Camano Food Bank
  • City of Stanwood
  • Coastal Community Bank
  • Housing Hope
  • Stanwood Community & Senior Center
  • YouthNet
  • Hope Unlimited
  • Stanwood-Camano School District
  • ECEAP (Josephine Caring Community)
  • Stanwood-Camano Rotary
  • Stanwood Library
  • Housing Hope (WorkSource Site)
  • Village Community Services
  • Skagit Community College
  • United Way of Snohomish County


North Counties' Community Collaborative
North Counties' Community Collaborative will serve low-income families with children ages prenatal through eight, residing within the Darrington School Districtan isolated, rural community in northeast Snohomish County. The Collaborative focuses on building a community network which will include activities related to early childhood education, health and well-being, economic assets, and post-secondary and employment pathways. This community partnership will also work to increase access to services outside of the Darrington/Arlington area through improved internet connectivity.
Collaborative Partners
  • North Counties' Family Services
  • Darrington Pharmacy
  • Darrington Family Dental
  • Providence Health & Services/Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse
  • Darrington Clinic
  • Darrington Strong (Darrington’s Local Business Association)
  • Coastal Community Bank
  • Tracy Franke/Darrington Elementary & Middle Schools
  • The Arc of Snohomish County
  • Snohomish County Division of Developmental Disabilities
  • Snohomish County Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)
  • Darrington Elementary
  • Sno-Isle Regional Library-Darrington Branch
  • Early Childhood Education Consortium
  • Workforce Snohomish
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Darrington Internet Users Association
  • North Counties’ Family Services
  • United Way of Snohomish County