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

School’s Out Washington is partnering with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to develop and administer the Summer Program Fund—a statewide opportunity for summer programs serving young people ages 4—21 in Washington. 

$1M was invested in programs in the summer  of 2021 through contracts ranging from $5,000—$25,000. Approximately $4.5M will be available to 2022 summer programs through a second RFP process that closed in December.

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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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King County Best Starts for Kids Quality Out-of-School Time Initiative

In 2017, King County’s Best Starts for Kids (BSK) and School’s Out Washington began their partnership to implement the Quality Out-of-School Time strategy. This strategy funds organizations that provide access to consistent, high quality and culturally relevant summer and after school programming to underserved communities and geographies. 

Together, with extensive community and stakeholder involvement and input, SOWA and King County designed an investment strategy with these two funding models: Place-Based Partnerships and People of Color-Led Organizations.

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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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