Building Communities Fund

Capital Facilities Grants for Community-Based, NonResidential Community and Social Service Projects

The Building Communities Fund Program awards state grants to nonprofit, community-based organizations to defray up to 25 percent or more of eligible capital costs to acquire, construct, or rehabilitate nonresidential community and social service centers. There is no minimum or maximum grant award amount.

Funding availability information

Application Period for Building Communities Fund Grant Now Open

The application period for 2019-2021 Building Communities Fund (BCF) is now open.

These grants, open to tribes and nonprofit agencies, fund up to 25 percent of eligible capital costs to acquire, construct, or rehabilitate nonresidential community and social service centers. There is no minimum or maximum grant award amount. All applications must be submitted electronically through ZoomGrants and are due to Commerce no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

Please use this link to go to the ZoomGrants website. If you have a ZoomGrants account, log in and follow the instructions. If you are a new user, complete the required information for a new ZoomGrants account to create a profile. Please do not use “The” as the first word in the agency name. Once the agency profile has been created, select the BCF Grant, click the “Apply” button, and start your proposal. Answers are automatically saved after each response.

Free BCF application workshops are available to help answer your questions! Please RSVP for the workshop of your choice by emailing capprograms@commerce.wa.gov. *Please note that the Clark College workshop is not at their main campus.

Spokane Community College
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Lair Student Center (Building 6)
1810 North Green Street
Spokane, WA 99217
Directions & parking information

Radisson Hotel-Seattle Airport
Thursday, June 28, 2018
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

San Juan Ballroom
18118 International Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98188
Directions

Clark College – Vancouver
Columbia Tech Center Building
Monday, July 2, 2018
11:00a.m. – 2 p.m.

Rooms 144 & 146
18700 SE Mill Plain Boulevard
Vancouver, WA
Directions

Thank you for your interest in our Capital Grants and have a great summer!

Project Qualifications

This is a reimbursement-style grant for capital construction projects only. Operating costs are ineligible. It is funded through the sale of state bonds (no federal funds). Awardees are selected through a competitive grant application process conducted every two years by the Department of Commerce. Applicant projects must be located in a “distressed community” or serve a substantial number of low-income or disadvantaged persons.

Click on the links at right to see if your project is eligible to apply; you must only meet one  of the criteria to be considered eligible.

The program was created by the Legislature in 2008 (RCW 43.63A.125) to provide a means of identifying qualified community and social service capital projects and providing capital support to nonprofit agencies and their partners to develop or improve these facilities. These investments will play a key role in improving the economic, social, and educational climate in distressed communities and other areas that serve low-income persons.