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Funding Opportunities

 Now Accepting Proposals for Youth and Young Adult Programs

Two requests for proposals for programs serving youth and young adults are now available.


Youth and Young Adult Violence Reduction Request for Proposals

We are seeking proposals for programming in the following areas through March 9, 2021:

  • A facilitator to convene service provider meetings. These meetings are intended to evaluate the needs of youth participants and discuss services and systems to eliminate criminal activity.
  • Multiple "culturally responsive" social intervention and prevention community mobilization programs and opportunity achievment programs that are designed to prevent and reduce violence, and
  • Programs with innovative approaches to addressing commercial sexual exploitation of children (human trafficking) specifically targeted toward gang involvement. 

Read more about our investment in youth and young adult violence prevention.


Youth and Young Adult Drop-In Center and Overnight Sheltering Request for Proposals

There are two parts to this request for proposal that can be applied for separately or together for programming that will operate from the Beacon Activity Center (415 S 13th St), which is a building owned and managed by the City. This opportunity is available through March 23, 2021.

  1. Daytime Drop-in Center Services
    •  Includes operating support groups, life skills classes, activities, coordinating with community service providers, managing and distributing basic needs items and donations, communicating with other Beacon Center operator, coordinate or provide meals
    • Capacity for daytime services is approximately 50, for youth 12-17 years old and young adults 12-24 years old
    • Utilize HMIS database for participant records
    • Participate in the Community Advisory Committee
  2. Overnight Shelter Services
    • Provide dinner to all participants ages 18-24 years (capacity is 50)
    • arrange sleep set-up for participants (capacity is 50)
    • Provide overnight staffing, including de-escalation and crisis intervention services
    • Provide security to facility and surrounding area 
    • Coordinate monthly Community Advisory Committee (CAC) with stakeholders and neighbors
    • Coordinate with other service providers
    • Utilize HMIS database for participant records

Read more about our current day services and overnight shelter programming.

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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) 591-5075

Contract Information