Through community-driven partnerships, we are creating greater racial, economic, and health equity that enables all people in King County to thrive and prosper.
Starting in 2014 as a partnership between King County and the Seattle Foundation, the initiative has grown to more than 150 organizations partnering together, with the voices of hundreds of community members guiding the way.
To measure progress on our four focus areas, community partners are working with our national and local evaluation team to identify the most salient evaluation questions, plan the evaluation design, select relevant and appropriate performance measures and data collection methods, and gather data and interpret findings.
When community members have voice and power in the decisions that impact their communities, and express it through civic engagement and leadership, it leads to broader community and policy changes that assure racial, health, and economic equity. Therefore, three reinforcing elements are at the heart of Communities of Opportunity.
Geographic & cultural community partnerships
Policy & systems change
The Airport Dining and Retail (ADR) team at Sea-Tac Airport is hosting an exhibition of small business vendors to connect with Sea-Tac Airport’s large business operators.
Our Ancestral Healing Conference, symposiums and workshops are created to focus on Black families, cultural patterns, and provide holistic approaches aimed to implement healing programs which address mental dysfunctions as a result of generational and generalized trauma, assimilation and acculturation.
GHF is launching two funding opportunities to support organizations and projects throughout Washington State and along our borders
COO Systems & Policy Change RFP invites proposals from community-led and community-engaged efforts to transform systems and policies for stronger community connections, economic opportunity, better health, and/or housing that will decrease and/or prevent continued inequity in communities of color in King County.
Applications must be submitted online, read more about the application process and apply here. If you would like to download a copy of the RFP click here.
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 place-based and cultural communities.
The Displaced Tenants Fund for Housing Justice and Affordability is now accepting applications for the 2019 grant cycle!
The BUILD Health Challenge is looking to support dynamic collaboratives driving sustainable improvements in community health in 2019! BUILD is excited to announce that a call for applications will be released in the first quarter of 2019 in search of awardees for an all new third cohort.
Communities of Opportunity is now accepting applications for consultants to help build our Learning Community - a platform to share knowledge and build capacity to accelerate the impact of COO’s work.
Later this month, Communities of Opportunity is releasing a Request for Applications for consultants to help build our Learning Community.
The Kresge Foundation’s Health Program – which seeks to align and integrate systems to better serve the health of people with low incomes – announced today the creation of a new funding opportunity: Advancing Health Equity Through Housing.
Communities of Opportunity is seeking a consultant to facilitate the co-design process to develop a Systems and Policy Agenda with community organizations. Deadline is May 31.
Support the Boys & Girls Club mission of enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
A free 10-week Advanced Manufacturing Academy pre-apprenticeship job training program starting this month @ 2 different King County locations: South Seattle College (SSC) Georgetown Campus AND the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Kent.
We will work together to deepen our knowledge of economic development, home ownership, and financial literacy in King County’s Black communities and put ideas and strategies into practice.
The August 2019 SCOOP newsletter is now available. Read about the work of our partners, how community-driven approaches are taking hold, and new funding opportunities.
Read the latest SCOOP here.
You can sign up for future SCOOP newsletters here.
In 2018, COO launched a participatory evaluation to assess existing conditions and early partner efforts toward creating racial, economic and health equity. Over 46 partners shared their perspectives through surveys, focus groups, interviews and a community workshop. Read the findings here.
We are proud to share COO 2018 Accomplishments as part of the Best Starts for Kids Annual Report. Thanks to the SUNN partnership for sharing their story. Read the COO sections of the report here.
Healthy choices and environments should be available to everyone, regardless of where they live. The Healthy King County Coalition is committed to ensuring equitable access to healthy options for all King County residents. One of the ways we do this is through training community leaders.
HDC is the nonprofit membership association dedicated to fulfilling our vision that all people live with dignity in safe, healthy, and affordable homes within communities of opportunity.
Through facilitating CREST, we hope to deepen the capacity of community partners to become developers and community asset owners ready to promote a community stewardship frame including models of collective ownership and permanent affordability. Learn more about the program.
YouthBuild is an evidence-based, pre-apprenticeship program certified by the state and run out of South Seattle College’s Georgetown Campus. Of the 260 nationally-affiliated YouthBuild programs across the country, YouthCare’s YouthBuild is one of the only programs to specifically recruit homeless and court-involved youth.