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Funding Opportunities

Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and needing to provide stability for our community service providers so they continue to be able to offer essential services during this uncertain time, Neighborhood and Community Services will not require currently funded service providers to go through a competitive process for 2021 funding.

Based on funding availability, Neighborhood and Community Services may still open a competitive application process for new programs for the 2021-2022 biennial budget. To receive updates about potential application availability, subscribe to our email list.

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 (at least once during contract period)

Funding 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 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. 


Contact Information
747 Market Street
Room 836
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 591-5075

Contract Information