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 are currently being revised in partnership with the Community Leadership Team. In light of COVID-19, we recognize our region has been impacted in different ways, and that communities of color are disproportionately impacted. In response, our guidelines were adjusted last year to reflect different need during this challenging time. The Fund this year will still prioritize the new 2020 focus of community engagement and community-led efforts, led by and for communities of color, that advance educational and racial equity. Additionally, the fund will prioritize the current needs of community organizations that work directly to mobilize youth, parents and families in our region.
2021 Submission Dates
Please check back for 2021 funding opportunities.
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 2019 Grantees