Rapid Resource Fund
The Rapid Resource Fund invests in short-term opportunities that have the potential to spark change or contribute towards Road Map Project goals. Since its creation in 2013, the pooled fund aims to provide timely grants to support work in the Road Map Project region.
The Rapid Resource Fund, created in 2013, is supported by the Road Map Project Aligned Funders Group, a group of regionally-based funders investing in the education success of children, young adults and families in South King County and South Seattle. Seattle Foundation serves as the host of the Rapid Resource Fund – distributing grant awards, leading fundraising, and managing funder engagement. In 2019, Community Center for Education Results (CCER) began staffing the Rapid Resource Fund, including engaging with prospective applicants, communicating with grantees, and staffing the discussion of applications. CCER began playing this role to make connections for grantees across the Road Map Project region, and to help communicate the success of the funded efforts. In 2019, the Road Map Project Community Leadership Team (CLT) joined members of the Aligned Funders Group in the discussions of Rapid Resource Fund applications. Members of the CLT informed the 2020 and 2021 guidelines, and they will continue to join members of the Aligned Funders Group in shaping the Fund and making funding decisions.
Rapid Resource Fund in 2021
The 2021 guidelines were revised this year in partnership with the Community Leadership Team. This year, the Fund will focus investments in small community-based projects led by and serving Black, Indigenous and people of color in our region. In response to community needs, this year the fund will prioritize projects that support mental health, academic supports, or basic needs. Grants will be awarded up to $15,000 per applicant.
2021 Submission Dates
This year, CCER will host info sessions for prospective applicants. Sign up to attend an info session below. If you are unable to attend an info session, we encourage you to reach out to CCER at email@example.com with a summary of your proposed project prior to submitting a proposal so that we can better ensure proposed projects align with the 2021 Fund guidelines.
- Thursday, May 6 at 12-12:45pm – May 6 Registration Link
- Friday, May 7 at 10-10:45am – May 7 Registration Link
- Tuesday, May 11 at 6-6:45pm – May 11 Registration Link
Submission dates for applications rounds in 2021 include:
- Monday, May 31, 2021
- A potential Fall round (funding dependent)
Download a Word version of the application.
Rapid Resource Fund Contributors
The Rapid Resource Fund is funded by a subset of the Aligned Funders Group, which is open to all public and private funders of education efforts in the Road Map Project region.
Current Fund Contributors:
More about the Aligned Funders Group
Since 2013, the Rapid Resource Fund has provided more than $500,000 to groups in the Road Map Project region who are working on system-level change. The fund has supported work such as the development of accessible pathways for bilingual educators, research on social and emotional learning, a youth-produced video on the school-to-prison pipeline crisis, and more.Meet the 2020 Grantees