Following a competitive process, the state will award over $8 million to community-based organizations across the state to provide direct support to students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

OLYMPIA, Wash., December 1, 2020 — To help provide students with additional supports for their learning this year, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is distributing $8.1 million in federal emergency funds to 38 local and 2 statewide community-based organizations (CBOs).

The response to the competitive grant was overwhelming. A total of 191 requests were submitted, totaling more than $40 million in need. Given the limited funds available, this means that just $1 of every $5 requested could be awarded.

Priority was given to applications that included direct service to students – such as support for remote learning, tutoring, and social-emotional learning designed to address the unique needs of students in student groups that have historically been furthest from educational justice.

OSPI also aimed to select CBOs that are representative of student populations and regionally distributed across the state, leading to:

  • $1.9 million provided to CBOs in the Eastern region;
  • $3.6 million provided to CBOs in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties;
  • $2 million provided to CBOs in the Western region outside of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties; and
  • $600,000 provided to CBOs that serve students statewide.

The list of 40 awardees is available on the OSPI website.

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