Grant Opportunities

The Chair’s Initiative for a Sounder Future:

  • Bank Of America Mentoring Initiative (BAMI) Grant recipients for 2015!

    The national and state youth unemployment rate is on the rise.  Bank of America is committed to the empowerment of our state’s at-risk middle- and high-school students through education and targeted support services such as skilled mentoring.  Through its partnership with Mentoring Works Washington and direct-service mentoring organizations, Bank of America provides Washington students with the support and skills they need to graduate high-school, and to successfully navigate post-secondary and/or professional workforce opportunities.  

    Each year, Bank of America has provided targeted grants for programs that focus on the “next generation of workers” and connect young people to skills and educational opportunities that will help them be successful in obtaining work experience both as minors and as adults.  This year, BAMI recipients include:

    El Centro de la Raza, Seattle 

    Minds Matter

    YWCA Girls First

    Communities In Schools Lakewood

    R. Merle Palmer Minority Scholarship Foundation

    Big Brothers Big Sister of Snohomish County

    Center for Community Action and Service Learning at Gonzaga University

    Applications for the 2016 BAMI initiative will be available next spring 201

  • Chair’s Initiative for a Sounder Future

    The Chair’s Initiative for a Sounder Future grants are made possible by the passing of Senate Bill 5152 which created special license plates for the Seattle Sounders FC.  The bill was requested by Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen and was signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee in May 2013.  The majority of the funds generated from the sale of Sounders FC license plates will support Mentoring Works Washington (MWW) and our efforts to increase the overall number of youth paired with a mentor in Washington State.  To that end, MWW is introducing this new grant opportunity for mentoring providers.  The goal of this grant program is to increase the overall number of youth matched with a mentor. The maximum grant award is $5,000. Successful applicants will be required to provide a 50 percent match. For example, if a program is awarded $2,000 they will be required to match $1,000.  The match cannot be in-kind.

    2015 Chair’s Initiative for a Sounder Future grant recipients to date:

    • Friends of the Children of Seattle
    • Communities In Schools of Renton

    What is the process for receiving the Chair’s Initiative for a Sounder Future grant?

    Nomination Process– MWW Board members must nominate programs with which they are familiar or have visited, for these special grants.  Nominated organizations will be required to complete the grant application.  

    If you would like to arrange a site visit for one our board members to be considered for future funding from the Chair’s Initiative, please contact Simon Amiel at