Applications open for Commercial Affordability Pilot – Due September 26

Communities of Opportunity (COO) is seeking proposals from organizations to address the barriers small businesses in our community are facing due to rapid economic growth in our region. The Commercial Affordability Pilot program will develop models and tools for small businesses with a specific focus on areas of King County that are part of COO … Continued

Communities of Opportunity invites proposals for systems and policy change to advance racial equity

Communities of Opportunity is pleased to announce a new round of funding to advance racial equity through systems and policy change efforts. Systems and policy change grants support community-led and community-engaged organizations that are working to change public policy, institutional practices or other systems in order to decrease or prevent  inequity in King County, centering communities … Continued

A look back at COO partners organizing for change in 2018

As we reflect on 2018, so many Communities of Opportunity partners have organized for a more racially just and equitable region. For example, COO partner organizations mobilized over 250 people to serve in critical leadership roles to advance change in communities. Check out some of the other inspiring 2018 numbers from Best Starts for Kids and … Continued

We’re Hiring! Communities of Opportunity Project/Program Manager

Communities of Opportunity is hiring a Project/Program Manager (PPM II) to join our team to implement COO’s vision of enhancing community leadership and investing in community-led solutions to advance racial, social and economic equity in King County. The Project/ Program Manager will provide technical assistance to COO grantees and manage a portfolio for place-based and cultural community … Continued

Say hello to community-driven design in Rainier Valley

This is the first blog in a three-part series that shares how On Board Othello, Communities of Opportunity’s partner coalition in Rainier Valley, is making a difference through neighborhood projects, coalition building and community engagement. Read more to learn how their work is transforming Southeast Seattle.

RFP deadline extended for COO systems and policy change consultant

Request for Qualifications open through May 31 for consultants to co-design process leading to systems and policy agenda Communities of Opportunity is seeking a consultant to facilitate a co-design process to develop a Systems and Policy Agenda with community organizations. The agenda will be informed by the current cohort of 27 grantees and will create … Continued

Seeking consultant to work with Communities of Opportunity partners – Deadline April 27

Communities of Opportunity is seeking a consultant to facilitate the co-design process to develop a Systems and Policy Agenda with community organizations. The agenda will create a set of priorities that will inform Communities of Opportunity funding and guide other systems and policy change work within the initiative. The consultant will work with the 50+ organizations that … Continued

Communities of Opportunity expands investments to increase civic engagement and strengthen connections

Communities of Opportunity (COO) is expanding efforts to help neighborhoods and cultural communities build partnerships that contribute to better health, safe and affordable housing, economic opportunity and stronger community connections for residents. COO will provide $3.1 million to six efforts that tap into the collaborative power of residents to improve health and well-being. In King … Continued

How Communities of Opportunity is measuring outcomes collaboratively—and why that matters.

Communities of Opportunity (COO) has launched a rigorous, participatory evaluation to assess outcomes toward strengthening community connections and achieving equity in the areas of health, housing and economic opportunity. We caught up with members of COO’s evaluation team, Valerie Tran from BDS Planning & Urban Design and Dr. Kim Tippens, Social Research Scientist from Public … Continued

Communities of Opportunity announces partnership with 27 nonprofits to improve health, social, racial, and economic equity

Communities of Opportunity (COO) announced more than $2.5 million in investments to create and sustain policies and systems that promote equity and create a more vibrant King County.  Twenty-seven non-profits will bring together fifty different organizations to strengthen community connections, economic opportunity, health outcomes and housing for low-income and communities of color in King County. … Continued