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Neighborhood and Community Services 2025-2026 Competitive Funding Process-Accepting Proposals June 4 Through July 2


The City of Tacoma’s Neighborhood & Community Services (NCS) Department 2025-2026 Competitive Funding Application is now live as of June 4.


The application period will close at 11 AM on Tuesday, July 2, 2024.


The City is seeking a wide variety of groups to apply for 2025-2026 service contracts, including agencies and organizations that support youth, seniors, people experiencing homelessness, and much more. There are eight service categories that the City is prioritizing for the 2025-2026 funding cycle:

  • Housing Services and Interventions
  • Encampment Response
  • Domestic Violence Reduction and Prevention
  • Building Resilience Against Violence and Exploitation (BRAVE) (formerly Youth and Young Adult Violence Reduction and Youth Development)
  • Health and Health Care
  • Equitable Food Access
  • Complementary Services


Application Information

For NCS 2025-2026 funding application information, detailed instructions, application links, and more, open the City's Services Solicitation web page and go to Specification Number NC24-0136F:



View all application materials, attachments & updates for NC24-0136F



Open the NC24-0136F Request for Proposals PDF document



Sign up for alerts on changes or additions to the NC24-0136F packet (Bid Holder Registration)



Technical Assistance Trainings

NCS will provide technical assistance trainings on June 5 and June 20, 2024, for interested applicants. Trainings will include information on timeline, what is needed/how to apply for funding, application and scoring overview, what is needed to contract with the City, as well as time for questions.


Training Details:


 Date/Time How to Join

Wednesday, June 5

9-11 AM on Zoom



Meeting ID:  886 8023 3987  
Passcode: 051166

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June 20

1-3 PM on Zoom



Meeting ID: 858 4058 6618  
Passcode: 015773

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What is the process to apply for and receive funding?

Each process varies. The following represents a general overview of the steps in a typical process. 

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, votes on funding allocations for each application, and makes 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 fully 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)

For questions about NCS' 2025-2026 Competitive Funding Processplease email Sara Bird by 3 PM on Tuesday, June 18, 2024.