2023 Collective Network

Request for Proposals: Community-Owned Responses to Domestic Violence

This funding opportunity closed on January 12, 2024. 

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) is seeking proposals from organizations and coalitions for community-owned strategies to respond to domestic violence outside the criminal legal system. Funds will increase access to community-owned programs that support and center survivors disproportionately harmed by the criminal legal system through holistic approaches to safety and healing. A total of $1 million is available through the City’s General Fund.

Please note: Changes to the funding process and timeline may occur. SOCR will not provide individual notice of changes, and applicants are responsible for regularly checking this webpage for technical assistance information, updates, clarifications, or amendments.

Grant Update:

On December 12, 2023, SOCR changed the title of this RFP from “Community Alternatives to Incarceration & Policing” to “Community-Owned Responses to Domestic Violence”.

Who Can Apply and for How Much Money

Approximately $1 million is available to fund between two and four applications for two years, spanning January 2024 through December 31, 2025.

Community-based organizations, coalitions, grassroots organizations, and other applicants who meet the eligibility requirements listed in the Request for Proposal (RFP) are eligible to apply. Collaboration and joint applications between coalitions and organizations are encouraged.

Proposals prioritized for funding will show:

  • They are led by individuals impacted by the criminal legal system
  • A strong connection to the priority population
  • A strong connection to the focus population
  • A commitment to building power in the community and/or supporting healing from the impact of oppression
  • A commitment to address internalized oppression and affirming all identities and values ending all forms of oppression, which include racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny
  • Sustained accountable relationships with individuals most impacted by criminal legal system responses to domestic violence
  • Sustained accountable relationships with organizations/coalitions supporting individuals most impacted by the criminal legal system and engaged in movement building
  • Sustained and continued commitment to work in collaboration with other organizations/coalitions led by Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color; uplifting queer and transgender leadership; and, incorporating the experiences of immigrant and refugee communities to build a strong collective network

Be sure to review the Request for Proposal document for more information about eligibility and priority applicants.

Technical Assistance

Community-based technical assistance is available to applicants with an operating budget of $2 million or less in the fiscal year prior to applying. Technical assistance may include help to frame your approach and application, and assistance with budgeting, reviewing application drafts, and submission of final proposals.To ensure support, be sure to request technical assistance by December 15, 2023. 

Meet SOCR's Technical Assistance Providers

Zahyr Lauren

Zahyr Lauren (they/them)
Email: lhaz@kororulesthesun.ink

Zahyr Lauren (they/them) is the Founder of Koro Rules The Sun LLC (KRTS), a philanthropic artists' organization dedicated to bringing resources to the community through art. KRTS is proud of not only working to move money, but of building a meditative artistic practice that illuminates the humanstory of communities impacted by systemic racism and injustice.

Zahyr has also served as a Program Officer for the Satterberg Foundation, a Program Manager for the Resilient Communities team at King County, and as a Strategic Advisor for the Seattle Office for Civil Rights.

Zahyr, also known as The Artist L.Haz, is the youngest of four siblings from San Jose, California. They come from a powerful, Southern Black Matriarchy that migrated from Oklahoma and Mississippi to California with nothing, and made something for generations to come. In recognition of this legacy, Zahyr is committed to being accountable as an artist, servant leader, and conduit for equitable distribution of resources. 

Zahyr received their J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and was a community attorney for three years, working primarily alongside families with loved ones going into, or coming out of the carceral system. They left the legal field in 2017 to build KRTS. 

Shannon Perez-Darby, Technical Assistance Provider

Shannon Perez-Darby 
Click here to schedule a meeting with Shannon via Calendly

A founding member of the Accountable Communities Consortium, Shannon Perez-Darby is a queer, mixed Latina anti-violence advocate, author, activist, and consultant working to create the conditions to support loving, equitable relationships and communities. With 20 years of experience Shannon Perez-Darby centers queer and trans communities of color while working to address issues of domestic and sexual violence, accountability and abolition. 


All proposals must be submitted no later than January 12, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Event Date/Time:  
RFP Posted and Released  December 1, 2023  
Pre-recorded information session becomes available  December 6, 2023 
View information session on YouTube. 
Deadline to submit proposals  January 12, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. PST 
Conduct virtual interviews, as applicable  January 23, 2024 –  
January 25, 2024 
Award notifications  February 2024  
Contract start date  May 2024  

*Dates subject to change.  

How to Submit Proposals

Click the following link to view the RFP document, which will guide you through the application process.

RFP Overview View in Word format 

Each of the following forms are required as part of your proposal for funding. Be sure to complete the following:

Application Cover Sheet Click to access Word template 
Application Narrative  Click to access Word template 
Application Timeline  Click to access Word template 

Use the following links to access additional information to support proposal development.  

Pre-recorded Information Session  View the information session on YouTube
Information Session Slides  Coming soon
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)  Coming soon

How to Submit Your Application

Proposal packets are due by 11:59 p.m. on January 12, 2024. Applications must be submitted via email to emanuel.dasilva@seattle.gov with “[Organization Name] - Collective Network RFP” in the subject line. Any application materials submitted after the due date and time will not be considered.

For Questions

To submit questions, email emanuel.dasilva@seattle.gov with “Question: 2023 Collective Network RFP” in the subject line. All questions and answers will be published and linked in the table above. 

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