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Funding Opportunities

Not Currently Accepting Proposals 

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We are currently in the process of evaluating funding recommendations on proposals for:

  1. Youth and Young Adult Violence Reduction: Applications were accepted February 2- March 9, 2021. Eight applications were received and are currently being evaluated by a panel that includes staff, a service provider and Human Service Commissioners. Recommendations for funding will be brought to the full Human Service Commission on April 14th and then to Community Vitality and Safety Committee on April 22nd. Once finalized, staff will work with new programs to begin services starting June 2021.
  2. Youth and Young Adult Drop-in and Overnight Services: Applications were accepted February 2- March 23, 2021 for both services, which could be applied for together or separately and will operate out of the Beacon Activity Center. Updates regarding next steps and the review process will be posted as they become available. 

What is the process to apply for and receive funding?

Step 1- Funding Notification Is Released
  • A Notice of Funding Availability is released, advertised and available on the City's website. Electronic applications are typically open for at least 30 days. 
  • Application support from the City includes: 
    Application Workshops 
    Technical Assistance 
    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Step 2- Applications Are Evaluated

  • Staff screen applications to verify applicant eligibility for funding.
  • Eligible applicants are invited to present their program and answer questions during an 8-10 minute oral presentation to a review panel who rates the applications.

Step 3- Funding Recommendations Are Determined

  • The review panel, often the Human Services Commission, discusses compiled application scores, vote on funding allocations for each application, and make funding recommendations.

Step 4- Funding Recommendations Are Approved 

  • Depending on the amount of approved funding and nature of the program, City staff or City Council will finalize and approve funding recommendations. 

Step 5- Funds Are Awarded and Contracts Developed 

  • Applicants will be notified of the funding recommendation for their program before awards are approved.
  • Applicants recommended for funding will begin working with City staff to develop a contract for services.

Step 6- Service Begins

  • Contracts may not be executed until funding recommendations are approved.
  • Contracts must be fully executed before start of service. 


What type of reporting is required of funded agencies?

All programs receiving City funding are required to:

  • Submit monthly invoices
  • Submit monthly and/or quarterly reports (client demographics, service-related outputs and outcomes)
  • Participate in on-site monitoring to evaluate program operations and compliance (at least once during the contract period)

Contact Information
747 Market Street
Room 836
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 591-5047

Contract Information