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Racial Equity Funding Applications

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) is currently accepting applications for its 2015 Racial Equity Fund. “What Equity Fund”, you ask?

The City Council approved funding in its 2015/2016 City budget for SOCR to award grants to community-based organizations for projects that address structural racism. The budget is $75,000, with SOCR providing $60,000 and the Office of Arts and Culture (OAC) $15,000.hands

One example of what it funds is the King County Racial Disproportionality Coalition. It was able to provide training to increase understanding of the causes and effects of racial inequity, strategies to address them, and how King County organizations can use a race equity tool to develop related programs, policies and budgets.

On March 9th at NewHolly Gathering Hall, there will be an open house and proposal symposium held from 2-5 pm. It will be a chance for potential proposers to share ideas for their draft proposals with others and receive feedback from peers and the Proposal Review Committee. It’s also required attendance for all proposers.


  • March 27: Due date for written applications and requests for oral presentations.
  • April 13: Decisions announced.

Questions? Please contact Gabriella Sanchez-Stern at 206-684-5845 or

City of Literature Petition

Ryan Boudinot has been a one man army in organizing Seattle’s application to UNESCO to be designated an official City of Literature. Last year, I sponsored Council Resolution 31500 expressing CoL logothe City’s support.

This year, Mr. Boudinot has set up a petition for lovers of the written word to sign on to as an expression of Seattle’s enthusiasm for winning the designation of City of Literature. I encourage you to sign Mr. Boudinot’s petition by visiting his website.

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