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Funding Opportunities

The City awards funding to organizations that provide services to Tacoma residents based on priority areas for the biennium. To apply for available funding, the organization must operate services or programs in Tacoma. City funding cannot account for greater than 50 percent of a program’s budget. A new program can apply for funding as long as the parent-agency (the agency that operates the program) or fiscal agent has been in existence for at least two years.


List of Current Funding Opportunities

2017-2018 Mental Health Substance Use Disorder – Homelessness & Household Stability

The City of Tacoma is seeking proposals addressing gaps in services in the Homelessness and Household Stability (HHS) Impact Area for new or expanded Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (MHSUD) services that align with the following Funding Priorities. 


Funding Source: City of Tacoma Mental Health Substance Use Disorder (MHSUD) Fund


Amount Available: $850,000


Funding Priorities:

  • Rental assistance (to include first and last month’s rent and other monetary supports for clients experiencing mental health or substance use issues)
  • Individualized behavioral health supportive services as defined in RCW 82.14.460
  • Behavioral health treatment as defined in RCW 82.14.460
  • Rapid Re-housing and associated safety net services for clients experiencing mental health or substance use issues
  • Risk or harm reduction services for clients experiencing mental health or substance use issues
  • Permanent or transitional housing that provides therapeutic, trauma-informed supportive services   

Estimated term of contract: May 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018


Eligibility: The proposing agency will demonstrate appropriate MHSUD licensure and experience providing services. Agencies not licensed to provide direct therapeutic mental health or substance use disorder services must submit a formal agreement with an appropriately licensed MHSUD provider to deliver the proposed services. Joint applications (systems-building efforts) are encouraged. Allocations based upon a joint application will result in multiple contracts with the City. 


Applicant Workshops: Applicant workshops are being held February 15 and 17, 2017. The workshops are designed to clarify instructions and assist applicants in understanding the changes made to the application questions. To RSVP or request more information, please email Adam Vance.   


Additional Information: Due to the extent of the reporting requirements for this funding, programs(s) must request at least $20,000 annually in order to be cost-effective. Requests less than this amount will not be considered. For additional information, visit the Human Services Contracting or Contracting Process webpages. 


Applications Due: March 2, 2017 by 12 noon.

  • Applications will be reviewed and funding recommendations made by the Human Services Commission, a community panel that reads and rates each application.  Human Services Division staff cannot review or provide assistance in completing a funding application. 

Funding Decisions by City Council: April 2017 


For more information, contact Nhan Nguyen at (253) 591-5035.

For e-C Impact questions, contact Adam Vance at (253) 591-5129.

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

Contract Information