Thirteen community-based organizations received grants through an additional funding round of the Equity Grant Program, made possible by an extension of the HUD regional planning grant that has supported the Growing Transit Communities Partnership. This was a one-time funding opportunity focusing on providing some resources to community-based organizations to identify next steps to advance community priorities.
- Capitol Hill Champion
- Eastside Community Network
- El Centro de la Raza
- Eritrean Association Community Center
- Global to Local
- Got Green
- HomeSight, on behalf of Vietnamese Friendship Association, East African Community Services, Somali Community Services of Seattle
- Para los Ninos
- Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition/ Rainier Beach Moving Forward
- Solutions for Humanity, Community, and Environment
- Tacoma Equity Partners (c/o Tacoma Urban League)
Interested in participating more in the Summit but unsure about how? Here are some options for ways to go beyond attendance…
Organize community members to participate in the Summit. We are asking folks to register by Fri 10/25 to ensure we can accommodate childcare and interpretation needs. Getting more of your community involved is a great way to spark new conversations and ensure more voices are heard on these important issues!
Participate in the Marketplace on Friday night! We envision the Marketplace as a place to facilitate networking, meet and interact with others from our region engaged in equity work and to exchange ideas or promote campaigns. You can host a table to feature posters or displays on issues of equity you have worked on–perhaps multi-issue projects or other programs that can stand alone to serve as a conversation starter. Check out our previous post for more information!
We are also currently recruiting community organizations to participate in the breakout sessions on Saturday, as presenters and moderators. Contact Heidi Hall for more information (206-658-2619, firstname.lastname@example.org).
As you know, the Puget Sound Equity Summit is drawing near, with only one month to go until the event on Nov 8-9 at the Highline Community College! We have some exciting plans for the Summit, and are hoping to include your amazing work in some of the different Summit happenings.
One piece of the puzzle for the Summit is the informal “Marketplace” which takes place on Friday evening Nov 8 from 5:00pm-6:30pm. (The opening program officially begins at 6:30pm). We envision the Marketplace as a place to facilitate networking, meet and interact with others from our region engaged in equity work and to exchange ideas or promote campaigns.
We’re hoping many of you will participate in the Marketplace by hosting a table to feature posters or displays on issues of equity you have worked on, perhaps multi-issue projects or other programs that can stand alone to serve as a conversation starter.
You can set up at 4:30pm on Friday. You do have to take down displays Friday night because the room will be in use the next day- however, any posters you have can remain on the walls on Saturday.
This is a great chance to promote your work and make much needed and important connections! For grantees, you may use part of your funds to prepare any materials you might want for the Marketplace. If there are other costs (printing, etc) that you cannot cover, please contact Aileen (information below) and we can see if there are partners that can help mitigate costs. We can provide the tables and chairs.
Please consider participating in the Marketplace! Let me know if you’d like us to save you a space by Monday October 28.
There’s no doubt about it – the Puget Sound is undergoing constant growth and many changes. Yet, how do we ensure that those who have been historically pushed out and left out of prosperity – people of color, low-income families, immigrants, and others – also have an opportunity to strive and thrive? How can we move closer for struggling communities to gain more accessible public transportation, affordable housing, and living wage jobs?
Get PREPARED for the regional summit at smaller gatherings:
- Livable Snohomish – October 12, 2013 – 9am to 4:30pm – Everett, WA – Contact Kristin Kelly for more details (425-923-8625, email@example.com)
- Eastside Opportunities for All – October 23, 2013 – 6pm to 8pm – Redmond/Bellevue – Contact Becca Meredith for more details (206-905-6905, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Tacoma / Pierce County – October 24, 2013 – 5:30pm to 8:30pm at Bates Technical College – Contact Skye Schell for details (206-905-6891, email@example.com)
- South King County – October 29, 2013 – SeaTac City Hall, 5:30-8:30 – Contact Skye Schell for details (206-905-6891, firstname.lastname@example.org), and see more details/register here
- Seattle – This gathering took place October 3 – Contact Rebecca Saldana (email@example.com) for details.
Community convenings leading up to the Summit will shape the agenda and help frame a broader conversation with policymakers, philanthropy, and other community stakeholders about what equity means for this region. The Summit will provide support for community convenings with funding through the Growing Transit Communities Equity Grant Program.
Community-based organizations can apply for up to $1,200 to convene their community and articulate key priorities and opportunities they wish to move forward and/or highlight at the Summit.
Click below for more information and the application procedures.
Thank you to the Summit sponsors, planning committee, and the numerous partners that shared their work and organized their communities to participate!
The Puget Sound Equity Summit was sponsored by the Sustainable Communities Funders – The Seattle Foundation, Bullitt Foundation, Loom Foundation, Kirkpatrick Family Foundation, Social Venture Partners, Russell Family Foundation; Growing Transit Communities; W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Equity Summit Planning Committee: Heidi Hall (Impact Capital), Sili Savusa (White Center Community Development Association), Rebecca Saldana (Puget Sound Sage), Matias Valenzuela (King County), Miguel Maestas (El Centro de la Raza), Jill Mangaliman (Got Green), Aaron Robertson (The Seattle Foundation), Amy Bates (Solutions for Humanity, Community & Environment), Skye Schell (Forterra), Lupita Ayon (Para los Ninos), Harry Hoffman (Rainier Beach Moving Forward), AJ McClure (King County), Dorian Waller (The Tacoma Urban League), Kristin Kelly (Pilchuck Audobon Society)