Below is a list of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grants available to nonprofits in Washington of which we are aware. This list will include federal grants and state and county level grants as they become available. If you are a funder, please share your funding opportunity with us so we can help spread the word. Nonprofits, read below for additional information and guidance regarding how to explore ARPA funding opportunities. Don’t miss the link to our google sheet (All Washington ARPA Funding Opportunities button above) tracking currently known grant opportunities.
Federal ARPA Grants
A good deal of ARPA funding will be distributed directly by the federal government. It is not easy to complete a federal grant proposal — they can be very time — consuming and usually are only worthwhile for larger nonprofits making substantial requests. There are specific compliance requirements as well, and it is important to go into the process with your eyes open.
If you have not received federal funding in the past, we recommend you view our government grant workshop series to better understand the general requirements and evaluate whether it is a good fit for your organization at this time. Washington State and local grant and contracting opportunities are typically much easier to apply for and manage (see below).
Selected Federal Grants
- American Rescue Plan Act Build Back Better Regional Challenge EDA-HDQ-ARPBBB-2021-2006976
- American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge EDA-HDQ-ARPGJ-2021-2006964
- Emergency Rural Health Care Grants through the USDA Rural Development
- Promoting Vaccine Confidence in Local Communities through Partnership with Regional Health Offices NV-VSR-21-001
- Teacher and School Leader (TSL) Incentive Program Assistance Listing Number 84.374A Department of Education
Where to do additional research on federal grant and contracting opportunities:
- Grant Gateway – An introduction to federal grants from Senator Patty Murray
Washington State & Local ARPA Grants
It is difficult to keep up with how ARPA funding is flowing through state and local governments. We will continue to share what we are learning, and we urge you to do additional research relevant to your field of service as well. Here are a few things to know:
State of Washington
The State of Washington’s ARPA funds are largely being allocated by the legislature as a part of the budgeting process, providing extra resources that will be distributed by a number of different state agencies (Department of Social and Health Services, Department of Health, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, etc.). The money is coming to the state in two parts: a total of $3.5 billion was awarded in May 2021 and allocated as shown in the graph below. The second part will arrive around May 2022, and there may still be opportunities to influence how this funding is invested.
These allocations are based on the National Conference of State Legislatures data tables. Hover your cursor over the graph for specific dollar amounts allocated to each subsector, listed in millions.
If your mission is aligned with the work of any state agency, now is a good time to get on their mailing list (visit their website and look for a subscription option) to hear about future funding opportunities. You should also register in the Washington Electronic Business System (WEBS) to receive notices of state contracting opportunities.
County and City Governments
County and City Governments in Washington State are receiving a total of $2.25 billion through an ARPA program called the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. Each local government has significant latitude in how to invest these funds, within the general framework of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. Each entity has a different timeline and different priorities, but in many cases, there are still opportunities to influence how your county or city distributes ARPA funds. Note that they may or may not use a traditional grant process or Request for Proposals (RFP), and the money may or may not be clearly labelled as ARPA funding. Use the spreadsheet below and reach out directly to your local government officials to better understand their strategy and timeline.
Where to do additional research on local government grant and contracting opportunities:
“National Conference of State Legislatures” ARPA State Fiscal Recovery Fund dashboard – Tracks how much ARPA funds are being invested into different categories by state.
Association of Washington Cities – Scroll down to see specific ARPA plans by a number of cities in Washington State.
Grant Writing Help
We recently presented a three-part workshop series titled “Get Ready for ARPA” in collaboration with the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association. The series covers preparation for applying for government grants (especially federal grants), proposal writing, and compliance issues. You can access recordings of these webinars here.
Nonprofit Association of Washington has general resources available on grant writing and offers workshops regularly. Here are a few of these general resources:
- On-Demand: Get Ready for ARPA Funding – 3 part series about government grantwriting
- Check our learning calendar for upcoming workshops
- Pasos Básicos Para Escribir Un Grant – Spanish language webinar recording
- Information on Hiring a Grantwriter – Puget Sound Grantwriters Association
- The Ultimate Grant Proposal Blueprint – GrantsMagic U (Nonprofit Association of Washington member discount available)
- Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes (Nonprofit Association of Washington member discount available)
- Grantwriting Clinics – Communities Rise
- Ready, Set, Grant! – RDI, these trainings are targeted to small, rural nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest and include 5 sessions.
- Your Local Library – many libraries have subscriptions to searchable databases for grant research that you can access, often remotely.