2021 Collective Network

Community Alternatives to Incarceration and Policing Request for Proposals

In August 2021, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights launched the Collective Network Request for Proposal, that focused on Community Alternatives to Incarceration and Policing, with aims to invest in organizations or coalitions that would build a collective network that supports community members impacted by the criminal legal system and develop proposals for alternatives to incarceration and policing.

The 2021 Collective Network Rating Panel Participants recommended full funding for two proposals:

  1. Black Trans Sovereignty: Our Origins & HxStories of Medicine proposal of $500,000 submitted by Liberation Medicine School.
  2. Black trans-led organization capacity building & indirect intervention of carceral systems experienced by Black trans and gender diverse communities in WA State proposal of $500,000 submitted by Lavender Rights Project.

Approximately $1,000,000 is available for two years of total funding, with $500,000 for 2022 and the remaining $500,000 available in the subsequent year up to December 31, 2023. Initial awards will be made for the period of January 2022, through December 31, 2023.

Application Materials and Guidance: Application packets deadline now closed, awardees chosen. 

Technical Assistance

Technical assistance was made available to all applicants that have an operating budget of $2 million or less in the fiscal year prior to applying. An outside consultant provided the technical assistance. Technical Assistance may have included help to frame approach and application, and assistance with budgeting, reviewing application drafts, and with submission. 


Yasmin Habib
Habib Consulting, LLC

J Mase III
The Black Trans Prayer Book 


 Friday, 8/27/2021  RFP posted and released
 Wednesday, 9/1/2021, 5:30 - 7:30pm  Information Session
 Monday, 10/4/2021  Written applications due
 Wednesday, 10/20/2021 - Wednesday, 10/27/2021  Conduct virtual interviews, as applicable
 Friday, 12/10/2021  Planned award notification
 Friday, 4/22/2022  Contract start date

Collective Network Request for Proposal

2021 Collective Network RFP FAQ

What do the reporting requirements look like for those who successfully get this grant?

The reporting requirements (and outcomes) will be developed, as part of the contract negotiation process, with each individual organization/group that is selected to be awarded funding. Typically, reports will be submitted monthly along with invoices. 

Are we able to budget up to a million dollars, or is it $1 million total that is being distributed through this grant?

The total amount of available funds is $1 million and we are seeking to fund 2-4 applications/proposals. Applications/proposals that are selected to be awarded funding will be notified of the amount of funding they will be allocated to receive through this funding process. 

Is this RFP funding for one-time or is it multi-year funding?

The funding for this RFP (2021 Collective Network: Community Alternatives to Incarceration and Policing) process is one-time funding. The City's investment strategy of Community Alternatives to Incarceration and Policing is ongoing funding. However, each year a new RFP will be developed and released to the community and organizations will have to submit an application/proposal to be considered for funding, whether they were previously awarded funding or not.