Request for Applications (RFA): Learning from Community Stories – the Impact of COVID-19

Deadline: September 21, 2020

The Learning From Community Stories – the Impact of COVID-19 funding opportunity seeks applicants to tell the stories of the intersections of the pandemic in low-income/communities of color/immigrant-refugee communities by using participatory approaches to collect and analyze data related to the health/social and economic impacts of COVID-19 and to develop communications materials in order to share these stories with broader audiences.

Image Description: Large Sticky Papers are arranged on a wall, each featuring descriptions “Foreshadowing”, “Framing”, “Values/Ideologies”, “Characters”, “Imagery”, “Underlying Assumptions”, “Cornerstones”. 2 People sit in chairs and look at the writing on the “Cornerstones” paper while a third person kneels next to them in discussion. Photo from the 2018 COO Storytelling Workshop.
Photo from the 2018 COO Storytelling Workshop.

The intention for these funds is to provide an opportunity to both illustrate positive community resilience in response to COVID-19 in Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) communities as well as work to illuminate where inequities still exist within structures to inform new policies and systems that work to dismantle racism and oppression that leads to inequities. These funds will provide an opportunity for groups to tell the stories of the intersections of the pandemic in low-income/communities of color/immigrant-refugee communities by collecting and analyzing data related to the health/social and economic impacts of COVID-19 and to develop communications materials in order to share these stories with broader audiences.

The materials created as a result of the community driven process may work to serve many purposes. For example, informing community about the need for policy change, serving as a basis for organizational strategic plan updates, or highlighting innovative practices in addressing the impacts of inequities by race and place (i.e., COVID-19’s impact on communities). Organizations should consider how data may be utilized to best support their mission, their community or COVID response strategy. Examples of questions may include:

  • What are strengths and barriers present in our communities that have led to increased or decreased health outcomes (i.e. rates of transmission of COVID-19)?
  • Amidst the high levels of unemployment, what structures have been put in place to support our communities’ economic survival during COVID-19?
  • What examples of resilience have we seen in our community that has supported individuals and families during the Governors Stay at Home order?
  • How have individuals at risk for loss of housing continued to remain sheltered despite lack of ability to pay rent?
  • How has the community come together to support the health and wellbeing of children during this time?

These are just a few examples; we encourage you to work with your community to find the most relevant question that may help tell the story. Both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods are encouraged.

Download the full RFA document for details (PDF)

Applications are due no later than 2pm on September 21, 2020

Pre-application Conference

Communities of Opportunity will conduct one pre-Application conference for this RFA. This conference will be an opportunity for interested organizations to hear more about the program and to ask questions about the program and/or the application process. The information session will also provide a Participatory Research 101 learning opportunity in collaboration with Communities Count. The conference will be on Thursday August 27th from 10am-12pm, via Zoom.

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97263802946?pwd=R04xUjM0VmRxbHRwd1hQcGYxMlo2Zz09

Meeting ID: 972 6380 2946 Passcode: 508295

Phone: +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

RFA Contact: Chris D’Abreau, cpres-bsk@kingcounty.gov
Submit application to: cpres-bsk@kingcounty.gov

UPDATED to include Pre-Application Conference and Q&A recording from August 27th:

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