Sammamish City Council Unanimously Approves Human Services Commission’s 2021-2022 Grant Recommendation; Additional Funds to Non-profits Impacted by COVID-19 Approved

Release Date: September 24, 2020

Sammamish, WA | September 22, 2020

Contact:  communications@sammamish.us

 

      The Sammamish City Council unanimously approved the 2021-2022 biennial grant funding recommendation put forth by the Human Services Commission at a regular City Council meeting on September 15, 2020.

 

      The seven-member Human Services Commission evaluated 66 applications received.  The Commission’s evaluations were heavily guided and informed by the Health and Human Services Needs Assessment which outlined five priority needs in the community:  Basic Needs, Cultural Inclusion, Domestic Violence, Mental Wellness, and Seniors.

 

      The Commission presented their recommendation and the Council unanimously agreed to approve $440,345 to be allocated to forty-eight non-profit organizations per year for the 2021-22 grant cycle.  This consisted of the Commission’s base recommendation of $325,445, plus an additional recommendation of $114,900 which will be focused on Youth, Seniors, Domestic Violence, and Homelessness.

 

      The Human Services Grant Recommendation will be placed in the 2021-2022 City of Sammamish Budget for approval by the City Council later this year.

 

      Additionally, the City Council unanimously approved $231,750 from the City’s general fund to go towards fourteen non-profit organizations serving Sammamish residents who have been impacted by COVID-19.  This emergency funding is separate from the biennial Human Services grant program and builds on the $83,000 in emergency funding approved earlier this year to support non-profits adversely affected by COVID-19.