Office of Social Justice

New Funding Opportunities: 

Digital Equity for Adults with Barriers to Access and Services

Snohomish County seeks applications from organizations who will be able to provide digital access through technology, internet connectivity, and/or digital literacy support to adults who are seniors, limited-English proficient, unemployed, or experiencing homelessness and who face barriers to accessing digital services. Snohomish County Council has allocated a total of $695,000 for this program. Ensuring equal access to the Internet for all residents, regardless of age, income, or ability will allow them to connect to important online resources. Increased digital access may take the form of assistance navigating online resources for health, economic, or other basic needs, providing technology for individuals to access the internet and online resources and services, and classes on digital and online literacy. Increasing access to these critical resources will help vulnerable Snohomish County residents recover from the health, economic, and social impacts of COVID-19.

Applications must be received by 5pm, September 22, 2020. Applicants may request awards between $25,000 and $500,000, and awards will be determined based on the criteria defined in the full Request for Applications.

Application materials include:

  1. Questionnaire
  2. SC-W9
  3. RFA questions

All applications and inquiries must be sent directly to: DigitalEquityGrants@Snoco.org

A Community Information Session will be held September 8, 2020 at 2pm, please also refer to the Request for Applications for additional information.


Supplemental COVID-19 Community Response Fund 

(PLEASE NOTE: THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 23RD, 2020 at 11:59PM)

On May 5, the Snohomish County Council approved a second emergency supplemental budget proposed by Executive Dave Somers to provide additional resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Included in the legislation is $1 million for the Office of Equity and Social Justice (OSJ) to expand funding for the COVID-19 Community Response Fund.  First launched in March 2020 in response to immediate effects of the local outbreak, the COVID-19 Community Response Fund invested $800K in grant awards to community-based organizations providing health literacy and awareness, language access, anti-bias and stigma response, and outreach in communities located near isolation, quarantine, and recovery facilities.

As the pandemic has progressed, we understand more about its effects and the disproportionate impact it inflicts on communities of color.  OSJ will continue to prioritize funding to partners working with communities at the highest risk of immediate and long-term negative health, social and economic impacts.  Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to organizations based on the priorities defined in the Overview & Criteria for Community Responses Fund document.

Click here to download the Community Response Fund Application Form.


Coalition Against Hate & Bias

The Snohomish County Office of  Social Justice (OSJ) is proud to support the newly formed Coalition Against Hate & Bias (the Coalition).  The Coalition is a community-led initiative to address hate and bias incidents by strengthening and networking communities who experience racist and bigoted treatment and all forms of oppression.

    • Community-Based Incident Reporting of Hate and Bias
    • Increase Community Health and Safety
    • Not Associated with Law Enforcement
    • 100% Confidential


COVID-19 Community Response Fund

On March 10, 2020, the Snohomish County Council approved a suite of emergency legislation proposed by Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers to aid in the County’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The final package included $1 million for the Office of Social Justice (OSJ) to provide flexible resources for engagement and outreach to populations on the frontlines of the outbreak.  Investments have been made in language access and an Anti Hate and Bias Fund, with the vast majority committed to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

We are pleased to announce $800K in grants awarded to applicants.  Nearly 100 applications were received in under two weeks following announcement of the COVID-19 Community Response Fund on March 18.  OSJ prioritized funding to partners working with communities at the highest risk of immediate and long term negative health, social and economic impacts.  In order to make community investments as rapidly as possible, applications were accepted on a rolling basis, with a first round of grants awarded on April 3 and the second and final round awarded on April 13.

The Community Response Fund Review Committee comprised of community based advisors, OSJ, County Executive and County Council staff, applied a scoring process focused on the following areas:

  • Unique community served
  • Language Access
  • Health literacy, awareness, and outreach
  • Communities located near isolation, quarantine, and recovery facilities
  • Anti-bias and stigma response

A portion of Snohomish County’s fund was also contributed to Everett Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund.  During this unprecedented time of emergency and extraordinary need, our review committee’s intent has been to make strategic, impactful, and coordinated investments.  Consideration of grant awards and grant levels was also informed by substantial awards that applicants may have already received from Seattle Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund.   This coordinated approach allowed the review committee to fulfill the County’s commitment to Equity and Social Justice, targeting investments where needs are greatest.

We are grateful to every individual, group, and organization working on behalf of the residents and communities of Snohomish County in a time when attention to equity and justice is needed most.


Equity Impact Awareness Tool for COVID-19 quarantine and recovery sites

In response to community concerns, the Office of Social Justice to create an Equity Impact Awareness Tool to guide and support Snohomish County Facilities and Maintenance Division and Real Estate Services as they are reviewing and recommending potential sites for COVID-19 Quarantine and recovery.

COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheets

March 12 Updated Guidance for Faith Communities

For many in our region, Snohomish County is a great place to live, learn, work and play. Yet we have deep and persistent inequities – especially by race and place–that in many cases are getting worse and threaten our collective prosperity. Launched by Snohomish County Executive and the Office of Social Justice (OSJ) is an integrated part of the County’s work, and is supported by the OSJ.