We drive funding to culturally responsive programs to advance equity and opportunity for young people.

School’s Out Washington works to break down barriers to funding for on-the-ground organizations and create opportunities for community-led programming.

School’s Out Washington partners with public and private entities to invest resources in communities where inequities are most pervasive. Through grant facilitation and other initiatives, we help expand access to and improve quality for expanded learning programs that predominantly serve BIPOC, LGBTQ, migrant/immigrant, youth experiencing homelessness, and youth in poverty.

Current initiatives

Our grant-making efforts and special initiatives are rooted in the belief that these programs—and the dedicated people who run them—have the knowledge to best support youth in their communities. Our role at SOWA is to elevate their work and support their leadership through funding and quality improvement services.

Summer Program Fund

In partnership with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), SOWA selected 139 organizations to receive $4,575,000 in funding through the 2022 Summer Program Fund. Funds to be received range from $10,000 to $45,000.

We estimate that 10,200 young people across Washington will benefit through participation in funded programs this summer.

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Feed Your Brain

Feed Your Brain provides funding and training to schools, community-based organizations, and tribes running summer literacy programs, while also connecting them to federal funding for nutritious summer meals.

We’ve supported more than 175 summer literacy programs benefiting approximately 20,000 children since 2001.

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2022—2025 King County Best Starts for Kids Expanded Learning Initiative

Investing in youth programs that are grounded in community.
The King County Best Starts for Kids (BSK) Expanded Learning Initiative channels resources to providers in communities across King County that are working to improve their practices and provide afterschool and summer programming for Black, Indigenous and youth of color (BIPOC) and youth in poverty to flourish outside of the school day.

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Refugee School Impact Program

The Refugee School Impact Program (RSIP) is a federal grant administered by SOWA that provides funding and support to school districts serving refugee populations in Washington.

RSIP fosters partnerships between community organizations and school districts to better serve refugee students.

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Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Fund

The Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund was made possible by the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) and was led by  School’s Out Washington working closely with the Washington State Department of Commerce.

This one-time investment of $9.4 million was awarded to 441 youth development organizations.

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