Building Bridges Grant Program

Contact Information

Jocelyn Nunez
Student Engagement and Support Program Supervisor

Community partnerships make a difference in students’ lives. Building Bridges Community-based Organization Grants help fund youth-serving organizations partnering with schools across Washington state. On this page, you’ll learn more about the grant's goals, how to apply, and this year’s grantees.

Building Bridges Grant applications are now closed.
  • Targeted at organizations that serve youth, this grant is intended to strengthen support for students to keep them on track to graduate from high school.
  • The goal of the grant is to provide ongoing support to community-based organizations who serve youth that are closing equity gaps.
  • A Building Bridges Program means a local partnership of schools, families, and communities that provides all of the following programs or activities:
    • A system that identifies individual students struggling in middle through high school based on local predictive data and provides timely interventions for such students and for students who are no longer attending. Students identified include foster care youth, youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and students receiving special education services.
    • Providing coaches or mentors for students
    • Providing staff responsible for coordination of community partners that provide a seamless continuum of academic and non-academic support in schools and communities
    • Provides reentry activities or opportunity to retrieve credits
    • Provides alternative educational programming, including, but not limited to, career and technical education exploratory and preparatory programs and online learning opportunities.

For more information, read the legislation review 28A.175.025 through 28A.175.075.


Community-based Organization Grantees

2022-23 CBO Grantees
  • African Young Dreamers, Beatrice Kiraguri
  • Centro de La Raza, Liz Huizar
  • Choose 180, Miran Kim
  • Community Reconstruction Collective, Sanai Anang
  • The Evergreen State College Foundation, Ellen Shortt Sanchez
  • Explore Your Wild, Jeni Rice
  • Voices of Pacific Island Nations, Patrick Woo-Ching
  • Friends of Children of Walla Walla, James Byrnes
  • FuturePreneurs Unlimited, Tony Benjamin
  • Jesus is the Answer Church, Shon Davis
  • KD Hall Foundation, KD Hall
  • Life Enrichment Group, Monika Mathews
  • Lopez Island Family Resource Center, Barbara Schultheiss
  • MLK Family Outreach Center, Freda Gandy
  • Movin Properties, Latrice Williams
  • New Life Community Development Agency, Dr. Lillian Robertson
  • OIC of Washington, Haydee Barbosa
  • Our GEMS, Vicki Collins
  • Power 2 the Poetry, Bethany Montgomery
  • Priceless Inspiration LLC, Antonio McLemore
  • PUSH for Dreams, John Gaines
  • Ready 2 Serve Ministries, Christina Harris
  • Safe Futures Youth Center, Sorya Svy
  • Southwest Youth & Family Services, Bryan Hayes
  • SPARK Peer Learning Center, Carolyn Cox
  • The Big Homie Program, Lorraine Stone
  • The Hawk Foundation for Research & Education in African Culture, Javoen Byrd
  • The Learning Project Network, Stephanie Courtney
  • Unleash the Brilliance, Terrell Dorsey
  • Your Money Matters, Clinton Taylor
2021-22 CBO Grantees
  • African Youth Dreamers, Beatrice Kiraguri
  • Asian Pacific Cultural Center, Faaluaina Pritchard
  • Choose 180, Emily Westlake
  • El Centro de la Raza, Liz Huizar
  • Escape to Peace, Carol Loya
  • Good Shepherd Youth Outreach, Louis Guiden Jr
  • Gridiron Foundation, DeQuin Evans
  • Immanuel Church, Rev. Rodney McAuley
  • Innovative Behavioral Consultation, Tovah Fairshot Denaro
  • Inspire
  • KD Hall Foundation, Kekela Hall
  • Life Enrichment Group, Monika Mathews
  • Lopez Island Resource Center, Suhannah Dunlap
  • MLK Outreach Center, Freda Gandy
  • New Life Community Development Assc., Dr. Lillian Robertson
  • North America Indian Mission Inc., Karen Markloff
  • Opportunity Industrialization Center of Washington, Haydie Barbosa
  • OurGEMS, Vicki Collins
  • Power2Poetry, Bethany Montgomery
  • Priceless Inspiration, Antonio McLemore
  • PUSH for Dreams, Dr. John Gaines
  • Safe Futures Youth Center, Clyde Weems
  • Southwest Youth and Family, Bryan Hayes
  • SPARK Peer Learning, Carolyn Cox
  • The Evergreen State College, Ellen Shortt Sanchez
  • Unleash the Brilliance, Terrell Dorsey
  • Yakima Valley Tutoring, Jeni Rice
  • Your Money Matters, Clinton Taylor
  • Youth Services of Kittitas County, Cassey Henrickson
2020-21 CBO Grantees
  • Good Shepherd Youth Outreach, Louis Guiden, Federal Way
  • KD Hall Foundation, Kekela Hall, Seattle
  • Lopez Island Family Resource Center, Barbara Schultheiss, Lopez Island
  • New Life Community Development, Dr. Lillian Robertson, Central Kitsap
  • Our GEMS, Dr. Vicki Collins, Kitsap County
  • Yakima Valley Tutoring, Jeni Rice, Zillah & Union Gap
  • Your Money Matters, Clinton Taylor, Kent
  • Youth Services Mentor Program of Kittitas County, Cassey Henrickson, Cle Elum & Ellensburg
  • Life Enrichment Group, Monika Mathews, Seattle
  • Priceless Inspiration, Antonio Mclemore, Fife & Tacoma
  • PUSH for Dreams, Dr. John Gaines, Fife & Tacoma
  • Unleash the Brilliance, Terrell Dorsey, Statewide