Community Reinvestment Project

Healing and action for Black, Latine, and tribal communities across our state to build a better WA for everyone.

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WA Department of Commerce’s Community Reinvestment Project (CRP) is a community-designed plan to uplift communities disproportionately harmed by the historical design / enforcement of criminal laws and penalties for drug possession (otherwise known as the war on drugs).

With over $90 million already contracted for reentry services, violence prevention, legal assistance, and economic development, we are making significant strides in repairing past harm. Our team is building community power with partners across the state to provide career coaching, job training, tuition assistance, and a monthly stipend of $1,000 for those who are underemployed and pursuing their career goals.

Grants for Organizations

CRP currently has two grants available through the Department of Commerce. Please review elgibility requirements to determine which grant you qualify for.

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The Washington State Department of Commerce has a new way to help people and businesses through the Community Reinvestment Project (CRP). It’s called the Blended Capital Enhancement grant, and it aims to support by-and-for lending agencies, businesses, and organizations reduce wealth disparities within Black, Latine, and tribal communities through asset building. 

This program will help fund programs that:

  • Make it easier for people to buy a home.
  • Provide grants and loans for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
  • Money management training
  • Fund training and support for small businesses.
  • Assist with buying commercial property, business assets, and vehicles.
  • Help people reduce debt and save more using matching funds.

The goal of this grant is to make it easier for Black, Latine, and tribal communities to get financial support from local organizations and businesses in their community.

What does funding look like?

A total of $42 million is available for this grant, with specific allocations reserved for various purposes, including:

  • New construction loans: $5 million
  • Home expansion loans (including Accessory Dwelling Units or ADUs): $6 million
  • Business startups and expansions: $5 million
  • Consumer loans (like credit consolidation, car refinancing, or emergency expenses): $1 million

Who is eligible to apply for this grant?

Commerce is looking for applications from lending agencies, businesses, organizations, and tribal governments who are interested in providing financial support, grants, and loans to Black, Latine, and tribal communities across Washington state. Eligible applicants must be led by-and-for Black, Latine, and tribal communities, or partner with an organization that is by-and-for.

Please note that Commerce is not a lending agency. Only organizations, businesses, lending agencies, and tribal governments who provide financial support, grants, and loans are eligible to apply for the Blended Capital Enhancement Grant. 

If you are individual or small business looking for funding for your own project, please sign-up for our mailing list to be notified when providers are offering financial services you are eligible for. 

Minimum Qualifications

1. You must be one of these types of organizations:
A. Federally recognized tribal government, tribal-led 501(c3), or tribal-led community based organizations; OR
B. Organizations who are led by Black, Latine, and tribal communities in WA; OR
C. Organizations who partner with Black, Latine, and/or tribal community-led organizations AND can provide tangible evidence of their relationship to those communities.

2. You must be licensed to do business in the State of Washington (except for federally recognized tribes)
A. Licensed to do business in the State of Washington, OR
B. Submit a statement of commitment that it will become licensed in Washington within thirty (30) calendar days of being selected as the Apparent Successful Contractor

Pre-Application Q&A Conference on Zoom

Commerce is hosting a pre-application Q&A on June 12, 2024 from 3 to 4pm. Join us on Zoom and bring your questions. Attendance is optional, but registration is required to attend the meeting.

Register today 

Email you application by July 1, 2024 to contract manager Cristi Kraus.

Download the RFQ (PDF)

For questions about this grant, email contract manager Cristi Kraus.

CRP’s Community Healer grant supports healing services and activities that are by-and-for communities disproportionally harmed by the war on drugs in Washington. This grant can fund programs that offer intergenerational healing, burnout prevention, traditional healing practices, and much more. Total funding for this grant is $5.7 million, and organizations can apply for up to $500,000 depending on their annual budget.

Funding will prioritize the following communities, as aligned with the goals in the Community Reinvestment Plan:

• Black communities
• Latine communities
• Tribal nations
• Tribal communities
• Urban Indian communities

Optional pre-proposal conference for organizations and businesses

Commerce will be hosting an optional webinar for organizations who have questions about this grant. This will be hosted on Monday June 24, 2024 at 1 p.m., Pacific Time, on Zoom. Registration is required to attend. Register on zoom today.

Optional pre-proposal conference for tribal governments and tribal-led 501(c)3s

An optional webinar for tribal governments, tribal-led 501(c)3s and tribal-led organizations will be held on Tuesday June 25, 2024 at 3 p.m., Pacific Time, on Zoom. Registration is required to attend. Register on zoom today.

We encourage all prospective applicants to attend

Language access: if Spanish, ASL, or other language interpretation is needed, please email the RFP Coordinator, jd Nielsen, by June 20, 2024.

To qualify for this grant, applicants must be:

1. A federally recognized tribal government, tribal-led 501(c)3, or tribal-led community based organization; OR
2. A small business, non-profit, faith-based organization, or grassroots organization that is led by-and-for Black, Latine, and tribal communities (as defined by the Community Reinvestment Plan) and registered with the Community Reinvestment Project; OR
3. A partner organizations that is collaborating with CRP-registered by-and-for organizations. Please note that partner organizations must provide evidence of partnership.

Applicants (except for tribes) must also be licensed to do business in the State of Washington or be able to submit a statement of commitment to become licensed in WA within 30 days of signing a contract.

Organizations can apply to register as a by-and-for with CRP.

How much can my organization apply for?

Tier 1: Organizations with annual budgets under $150,000—can apply up to $50,000
Tier 2: Organizations with annual budgets between $150,001 and $500,000—can apply up to $150,000
Tier 3: Organizations with annual budgets $500,001 to $1 million—can apply up to $250,000
Tier 4: Organizations with annual budgets over $1 million—can apply up to $500,000

Commerce expects to award multiple contracts for this solicitation.

Proposals are due no later than July 13, 2024 at 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time

For questions or more information, please contact the RFP coordinator, jd Nielsen.

Support for Individuals & Small Businesses

Are you a Black, Latine, urban Indian, or tribal community member in WA who needs support?  Check out our comprehensive list of CRP-funded service providers who are here to help you with your goals and dreams. 

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Led by Northwest Credible Messengers. Funded by the Community Reinvestment Project

The Barber & Beauty Shop Community of Practice aims to train barber and beauty ​shops to provide peer support services while ​facilitating transformative engagement processes ​with the customers they serve.

Participants will go through accelerated ​training in order to learn to provide behavioral ​health support services. Barbers and beauticians will be compensated $2,000 per completed training (up to $4,000) with the aim of supporting barbers and beauticians with more sustainable funding streams.

Now accepting applications. Click to learn more.

The Economic Security for All (EcSA) Career Accelerator program provides opportunities for under/unemployed folks in Black, Latine and Tribal communities to pursue their dreams and build collective power. If you or your family has been impacted by the war on drugs, you may have access to career training, financial coaching, support payments, and financial incentives of up to $1000. The goal of this program is to help give our communities a fighting chance to make a living wage and achieve their goals.

If you are interested in the EcSA Career Accelerator for under/unemployed individuals, please contact your local workforce agency and ask to learn more.

Pacific Mountain WDC – Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston
Dan Cooling
dan@pacmtn.org

WorkForce Development Council of Seattle-King County
Mike Davie
mdavie@seakingwdc.org

Gyanendra Subba
gsubba@seakingwdc.org

Future WorkForce Alliance (Snohomish)
Cassondra Yi
cassondra.yi@workforcesnohomish.org

Northwest Workforce Council (Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan)
Malinda Bjaaland
Mbjaaland@workforcenorthwest.org

SkillSource (Adams, Chelan, Grant, Douglas, Okanogan)
Susan Adams
susana@skillsource.org

Eastern Washington Partnership (Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman)
Rod Van Alyne
rvanalyne@ruralresources.org

Spokane Workforce Council (Spokane)
Andrea Hixson
ahixson@spokaneworkforce.org

Benton-Franklin WDC (Benton, Franklin)
Jessie Cardwell
jcardwell@bf-wdc.org

South Central Workforce Council (Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, Yakima)
Meranda Smith
meranda.smith@scworkforce.org

WorkForce Central (Pierce)
Danielle Thompson
dthompson@workforce-central.org

Workforce Southwest Washington (Clark, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum)
Mando Antonino
mantonino@workforcesw.org

Want to download a map of all our WWA partners? Download here (PDF).

The Economic Security for All (EcSA) Business Support program supports small businesses led or owned by Black, Latine, and tribal communities in WA

This program financially supports Black, Latine and tribal small businesses that want to participate in the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA). EcSA Business Support provides opportunities for small businesses in workforce development, skill enhancement, organizational growth, and economic mobility. Support from this program could look like subsidized training your staff, purchasing equipment that your business needs, and subsidized wages, too!

If you are interested in learning more about the EcSA Business Support program for small businesses, please contact your local workforce agency and ask to learn more.

Pacific Mountain WDC – Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston
Dan Cooling
dan@pacmtn.org

WorkForce Development Council of Seattle-King County
Mike Davie
mdavie@seakingwdc.org

Gyanendra Subba
gsubba@seakingwdc.org

Future WorkForce Alliance (Snohomish)
Cassondra Yi
cassondra.yi@workforcesnohomish.org

Northwest Workforce Council (Whatcom, Skagit, Island, San Juan)
Malinda Bjaaland
Mbjaaland@workforcenorthwest.org

SkillSource (Adams, Chelan, Grant, Douglas, Okanogan)
Susan Adams
susana@skillsource.org

Eastern Washington Partnership (Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman)
Rod Van Alyne
rvanalyne@ruralresources.org

Spokane Workforce Council (Spokane)
Andrea Hixson
ahixson@spokaneworkforce.org

Benton-Franklin WDC (Benton, Franklin)
Jessie Cardwell
jcardwell@bf-wdc.org

South Central Workforce Council (Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, Yakima)
Meranda Smith
meranda.smith@scworkforce.org

WorkForce Central (Pierce)
Business Solutions
BusinessSolutions@workforce-central.org

Workforce Southwest Washington (Clark, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum)
Mando Antonino
mantonino@workforcesw.org

Want to download a map of all our WWA partners? Download here (PDF).

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About the Community Reinvestment Project

WA Department of Commerce’s Community Reinvestment Project (CRP) is a community-designed plan to uplift communities disproportionately harmed by the historical design / enforcement of criminal laws and penalties for drug possession (otherwise known as the war on drugs).

 Press the arrow to learn more about each category.

In 2022, the WA Legislature created the Community Reinvestment Account that set aside $200 million to address racial, economic, and social disparities created by the historic design and enforcement of state and federal criminal laws and penalties for drug possession (the war on drugs). The Legislature directed that the Department of Commerce (Commerce) invest the funds into four program areas:

  • Economic development
  • Civil and criminal legal assistance
  • Community-based violence intervention and prevention
  • Reentry services

Commerce – in partnership with the WA Office of Equity – worked with communities across the state to develop a Community Reinvestment Plan laying out recommendations for how these funds will be invested over the next biennium (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2025).

The Community Reinvestment Plan recommended Commerce distribute the $200 million across the state through more than 17 individual grant programs. Subject matter experts are currently administering the grant programs. Some of the grant programs are expansions of existing programs. Some of the programs represent new ideas, requiring more time and collaboration to implement. 

To learn more about the plan, please read the full breakdown of the proposed programs (PDF).

To read the full plan, download the Community Reinvestment Plan (PDF).

Healing requires Action

The harm from unjust practices requires healing and action. Structural racism was, and still is, directly embedded in past and present criminal laws and penalties for drug possession – both in WA and across the nation. We must also recognize that these policies inversely targeted and impacted Black, Latine, and tribal residents. As a result, CRP prioritizes funding these communities in order to undo harm and build a better Washington state for everyone.

The Depths of Harm to Black, Latine, and tribal communities

The harm caused by the war on drugs does not just stop with one person. Its impact carries for generations within families and communities. In order to create intergenerational healing, we must recognize how and where anti-Blackness, colonialism, and structural racism significantly impacted our friends, families, and loved ones. Harm does not just include physical detention and incarceration, but also through over-surveillance, over-policing, over-incarceration, and over-sentencing that is still alive and well in the criminal justice system.

We must connect community-level harm with community-level listening, and consider how harm has impacted individuals, families, friends, businesses, and the community at large. We must also acknowledge that existing public datasets might not adequately capture the kinds of harm and impacts that communities have experienced and continue to experience.

With funding distributed through Commerce, the Community Reinvestment Project will support 17 different grant programs. Each of the program managers will distribute the funds in accordance with the Community Reinvestment Plan, with several interagency and external partners.

  • Employment Security Department – $25 million to provide workforce and small business services.
  • Office of Civil Legal Aid – $8 million to fund legal representation and vacating criminal records and legal financial obligation relief.
  • Department of Commerce – $167 million to support violence prevention, reentry services, and economic development.

Economic Development

$138 million. Our economic development grants address wealth disparities by promoting asset building, such as home ownership and expanding access to grants / loans for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Available grants are built on four strategic sets of investments: subsidized lending, financial assistance, outreach and support and workforce development.

Violence Prevention

$30 million over four program areas. Programs will consist of violence prevention and intervention services, Community Healing, Youth Sports Capacity Building and Barber/Beauty Shop Health Navigation programs.

Reentry Services

$12 million. A criminal record creates a lifetime of barriers for impacted individuals and their families. The Community Reinvestment Plan recommended funding for civil and criminal legal assistance to provide post-conviction relief and case assistance.

Facilitated by community-based organizations, our reentry grants focus on improving transitions from incarceration by providing access to services including housing, employment, education, legal aid, transportation, communication, and basic needs. 

Legal Assistance

$8 million. CRP’s legal assistance grants assist with vacating criminal records, legal financial obligations relief, and legal representation. Decades of federal, state, and local policies and practices that disproportionately targeted Black, Latine and tribal communities have made criminal records much more common and difficult to navigate.

CRP prioritizes funding to by-and-for organizations that are led by and for Black, Latine, and tribal communities in Washington state. CRP also emphasizes working with nonprofit, faith-based, and grassroots organizations. As defined by the Office of Equity, to qualify as by-and-for with the Community Reinvestment Project, an organization must:

  • Be part of, rooted in, and defined by the identity of the Black, Latine, tribal community;
  • Have leadership and staff who belong to the Black, Latine or tribal community; and
  • Have roots in their communities as change agents and providers of mitigating systems of community service;
  • Invest in and work with community members to improve their quality of life.

Geographic Consideration

As dictated by the Community Reinvestment Plan (PDF), approximately 64% of CRP funding will be directed towards communities in counties that experienced disproportional harm by the war on drugs. Our analysis of crime, incarceration, and economic data revealed that Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane and Yakima are the state’s top six counties in need. Remaining funding will be distribution across other counties throughout WA. 

The Community Reinvestment Project must demonstrate significant long-term economic benefits to the state, a region, or a specific community within the state. Measuring outcomes involves carefully assessing and tracking the economic impact of various investments over time. This will include factors such as new job creation, job retention, increased personal wealth, and higher incomes for individuals and families. Impacts on wealth disparities will be realized by actions designed to promote asset building, such as home ownership, and expanding access to financial resources, including but not limited to grants and loans for small businesses and entrepreneurs, financial literacy training, and other small business training and support activities.

The success and effectiveness of the Community Reinvestment Program will be determined by the geographic and demographic impact of the distribution of the funds to individuals and families harmed by the war on drugs.

Each grant program will have Key Performance Indicators reported out using a consolidated accountable and transparent reporting mechanism. Data points unique to each grant program will measure and allow us to understand outcomes. The Community Reinvestment Plan implementation will integrate racial equity considerations in all outreach and contractual programs and practices, and be a catalyst for change to traditional Commerce practices and systems. To be successful, the Community Reinvestment Plan implementation will require intentional, regular and transparent communication internally within Commerce and externally with other state agencies, grantees, potential grantees, and community partners.

To learn about the CRP plan, download the PDF.

Download a PDF of the Community Reinvestment Plan.

Learn more about our ongoing work on our Collaboration Dashboard.

Office Hours

If you would like to meet virtually with our team, you can sign-up for our Office Hours! CRP Office Hours are held every other Thursday from 12:00pm-12:30pm over Zoom. 

Upcoming Office Hours
June 27, 2024
July 11, 2024

Please visit this registration link to sign up. We look forward to hearing from you!

Support for Individuals and Small Businesses

There are CRP-funded resources for individuals and small businesses.

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CRP Core Staff

  • Korbett Mosesly, Managing Director (he/him)
  • Cristi Devers, Co-Lead (she/her)
  • Sherina James, Co-Lead (she/her)
  • Krista Perez, Contract Manager (she/her/ella)
  • Mahkyra Gaines, Contract Manager (they/them)
  • Elijah Benn, Barber and Beauty Peer Program Manager
  • Dr. Timmie Foster, Coaching Capacity Program Manager (Dr. Timmie/Dr. Foster)
  • Mackenzie Rodgers, Admin (she/her)