It’s Time to Bond: Paid Family & Medical Leave Outreach Grants for Pierce and Yakima Counties

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Request for Proposal

Application Due Date:

July 24, 2020

Overview

Parents and their babies need dedicated time together to develop close, nurturing relationships that set the foundation for healthy development. Paid family leave expands the options for parents and other caregivers who work, giving them the time they need to bond with and care for their babies during those critical early months – without jeopardizing their ability to make ends meet.

Perigee Fund is pleased to announce the availability of one-year outreach grants to increase access to Washington state’s new Paid Family & Medical Leave (“PFML”) program. Our aim is to ensure that working parents and primary caregivers know about the income they are entitled to and that more are able to choose options that give them time to bond with their babies without undermining their family’s financial security.

Funded organizations will receive grants, training, communications support, and resources to connect expectant parents and families with very young children to PFML information, education, and enrollment assistance in Pierce and Yakima Counties.

Three types of grant applications available:

  1. Convener Organization up to $75,000 over 12 months.
    Convener Organizations will play a leadership role with families, communities, traditional and non-traditional organizations, and systems leaders in their area. (One expected to be funded in each county)
  2. Community Partner Organization up to $15,000 over 12 months.
    Community Partners will see and seize creative opportunities within their existing programs, services, and local communications channels to raise understanding of the benefits of PMFL, particularly bonding leave. (About 15 organizations, individually or in collaboratives, are expected to be funded in each county)
  3. Collaborative
    Collaboratives will be groups of organizations working together in creative ways to accomplish more than any one organization could individually with PFML outreach, education, and enrollment assistance. (About 15 organizations, individually or in collaboratives, are expected to be funded in each county).

The Opportunity

Perigee Fund hopes that organizations that serve Pierce and Yakima area families are as excited about PFML as we are, while being realistic about its challenges, including new challenges because of COVID-19.

Through this funding opportunity, our aim is to ensure that all eligible parents and primary caregivers who wish to take PFML to bond with their babies have the information and support they need.

The opportunity is designed to prioritize expectant parents and young families from groups for whom PFML has historically been inaccessible or underused:

  • People of color
  • Immigrants and refugees
  • People with limited English proficiency or other language barriers
  • People with low educational attainment or other literacy barriers
  • Low wage and part time workers who meet eligibility
  • Fathers and non-birthing primary caregivers
  • People who distrust government or could be targets of law enforcement

Perigee Fund will provide funded organizations with outreach grants for 12 months of work, training, communications support, and resources.

For complete and detailed information on this grant, please review RFP:

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Brief Online Application

The proposal is designed to be brief and low barrier. The contents of the online form are in the RFP document.

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Contact

For technical issues with the application, contact:

Teresa Gonzalez

For questions in English or Spanish about this funding opportunity, contact:

Mariel Mendez

Information Session

An optional informational webinar for prospective applicants will be held June 30th, 2020 at 10am. Slides and an FAQ will be posted online for those who cannot participate in real time.

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