Community-Based Organizations Grants

The Washington State Legislature has allocated $12,885,000 of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III funds through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, for grants to community-based organizations (CBOs) to collaborate with Washington school districts to support learning recovery and acceleration. Of the funds, $1,000,000 of this has already been distributed to statewide CBO's leaving $11,885,000 of these funds will be available through the Community-Based Organizations (CBO) Grant to Support Student Learning, Recovery and Acceleration.

Organizations eligible to apply include local CBO’s serving specific local needs and populations, which are a Washington Secretary of State registered Nonprofit Corporation and/or Charitable Organization, and/or has 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

ESSER Grant Materials


Community-Based Organizations (CBO) Grant to Support Student Learning, Recovery and Acceleration

Eligible Activities

Grant funds will be allocated in four key activity areas:

  1. Academic support for students: includes activities such as tutoring, student engagement and enrichment activities
  2. Behavioral health supports: includes activities such as clinical services and social/emotional/behavioral supports for students
  3. Case management and wraparound services: includes services for specific populations such as homeless, foster care, refugee, etc.
  4. Mentoring of students

CBOs must demonstrate a partnership with at least one Local Education Agency (LEA) Washington school district, tribal compact or charter school, to deliver direct services, either in-person or virtual, to support student learning recovery and acceleration. For the purposes of this grant, LEAs include school districts, tribal compacts, or charter schools that filed Academic and Student Well-Being Plans. This definition does not include Educational Service Districts (ESDs) or individual school buildings.

Previous CBO Grant Opportunities


2020-21 ESSER Community Based Organization Grants

OSPI has allocated $8.1 million in federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds (ESSER funds) through the CARES Act to provide grants to community-based organizations (CBOs) to work in partnership with schools and school districts to support reopening efforts in the 2020-21 school year.

The grants will be provided both to large statewide CBOs with regional networks and to smaller, local CBOs who serve specific local needs and populations. The CBO grants will be focused on expanded learning and integrated student supports to address student and family needs. The grants can also be used to strengthen language and disability access for families and students.

Expanded Learning & Integrated Student Supports

Throughout the different reopening models, community-based organizations are in a unique position to support school districts by providing expanded learning opportunities and integrated student supports that complement student learning, address identified needs, and provide wraparound services to students and their families.

Expanded Learning Opportunities

Expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) are educational activities offered to students before or after school, during school, during intersession breaks, and during summer.

  • ELOs include educational supports for blocks of asynchronous (students working on independent learning) and synchronous (students working in real-time with an educator) learning time.
  • Such opportunities can build skills through hands-on, experiential learning, and expand upon and complement traditional learning that happens during the school day.
  • More information about ELOCs can be found in the 2018 ELOC Guide.

Integrated Student Supports

Integrated student supports (ISS) are a school-based approach to promoting students’ academic success through an integrated system that addresses academic, social-emotional, physical, and mental health and non-academic needs of the student. ISS can also focus on identifying and providing supportive factors for a family such as basic needs, economic support, childcare, and other community supports.

  • Includes student support frameworks such as Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Response to Intervention (RTI), School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF), and other tiered systems of support that address one or more domains of learning and development.
  • More information about ISS can be found in the 2017 Washington Integrated Student Supports Protocol.

Grant Materials

Supplemental ESSER Funds Grants

Grant Materials

CBO Grant Awardees

  • African Community Housing & Development
  • After-School All-Stars
  • Anacortes Family Center
  • Arts Council of Snohomish County
  • Atlantic Street Center
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest
  • Blue Mountain Action Council
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Columbia Basin
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley
  • Boys & Girls Club of Lewis County
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County
  • Brigid Collins House
  • Catholic Charities Spokane
  • Children's Home Society of Washington
  • Chinese Information and Service Center
  • Clallam County Young Men's Christian Assn., Inc.
  • Communities In Schools of Central Washington
  • Communities In Schools of Rural Eastern Washington
  • Communities In Schools of the Blue Mountain Region
  • Communities in Schools of Washington
  • Council for the Homeless
  • CultureSeed
  • East African Community Services
  • Evergreen Children’s Association
  • Explore Your Wild Youth Programs
  • Family Learning Center
  • Family Promise of Clark County
  • Foundation of District #304
  • Friends of KSPS
  • Friends of the Children - Seattle
  • Friends of the Children - SW Washington
  • Friends of the Children - Tacoma
  • Friends of the Children - Walla Walla
  • Friends of Youth
  • Geeking out Kids of Color
  • Granite Falls Community Coalition
  • Hilltop Artists in Residence
  • If You Could Save Just One
  • Improving School Attendance for Families Experiencing Transition Collaborative
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Invest in Youth
  • iUrban Teen
  • Kent Youth & Family Services
  • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center
  • Kitsap Mental Health Services
  • Latino Civic Alliance
  • Lifeline Connections
  • Lopez Island Family Resource Center
  • Lutheran Community Services Northwest
  • Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Network
  • Mentor Washington
  • Millwood Impact
  • Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center
  • North Counties' Family Services
  • Northwest Alliance for College Access
  • Northwest Autism Center
  • Northwest Learning and Achievement Group
  • One Heart Wild Education Sanctuary
  • Partners in Careers
  • Reading Partners
  • Sawhorse Revolution
  • Sea Mar Community Health Centers
  • Seattle Goodwill Industries
  • Skagit Valley Family YMCA
  • South Sound YMCA
  • Spark Central
  • Team Read
  • Ted Brown Music Outreach
  • The Community for the Advancement of Family Education (CAFE)
  • Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation
  • Vamos Outdoors Project
  • Washington FIRST Robotics
  • Washington Kids in Transition
  • Washington State University Extension
  • Whatcom Family YMCA
  • World Relief Seattle
  • Yakima Family YMCA
  • Yakima Valley Tutoring
  • YMCA of Grays Harbor
  • YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties
  • YMCA of Snohomish County
  • YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities
  • YMCA of the Inland Northwest
  • YMCA of the Palouse
  • Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Seattle
  • Young Men's Christian Association of Wenatchee
  • Youth Care
  • Youth Eastside Services