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South King County Community Impact Fund Economic Recovery Program

2023: Our Fourth South King County Community Impact Fund Program Cycle

SKCCIF Economic Recovery Program

The Port is now accepting proposals for the fourth South King County Community Impact Fund Economic Recovery Program cycle. The SKCCIF’s Economic Recovery Program connects communities to Port funding opportunities for programs that expand economic opportunity and recruit a new generation of workers for Port-related industries from historically underserved communities in South King County. Port-related industries, including aviation, maritime, construction trades, and green career industries.

Non-profits and community-led projects that help participants acquire the skills, experience, and education they need to secure increasingly complex and living wage jobs at the Port and in port-related industries are encouraged to apply.

Organizations can apply for up to $100,000 for a single year of funding and $250,000 in multi-year funding. Multiyear funding is useful for long-term planning and implementation, increasing the impact of the Port’s community investments, and supporting sustainable project planning and implementation.

How To Apply

Step 1: Eligibility Determination

The Project Eligibility Determination document was uploaded to VendorConnect on June 30, 2023.

  • Step 1 of the process requires a response to three questions. 
  • Visit VendorConnect to access instructions and relevant documents.
  • Responses must be emailed to by Monday, July 24, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Technical assistance and process support will be available during the below times. When you set up an account in VendorConnect you will gain access to the Microsoft Teams/call-in information for each of these sessions 
    • July 11 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    • July 13 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    • July 19 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Step 2: Proposal Submission

If your project is deemed eligible (Step 1), you will be invited to submit a proposal.
All required documents must be emailed to by Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.


You are encouraged to register as a Plan Holder at VendorConnect to ask questions and receive ongoing updates. Register by going to the South King County Community Impact Fund Solicitation Overview page in VendorConnect. Registration in VendorConnect is not required to submit an application. For detailed instructions about registering, read the VendorConnect External User Guide.  You also may view our South King County Community Impact Fund FAQs for further clarification about fund requirements. 

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Economic Recovery Funding

With ties to all of Washington’s key economic sectors and connections to more than 500 employers operating at our facilities, the Port is uniquely positioned to help create a pipeline to well-paying jobs that benefit communities most impacted by Port operations. Workforce development investments take on particular importance now as so many Port-related industries continue to experience staffing shortfalls. Community-led projects help participants acquire the skills, experience, and education they need to secure increasingly complex and family-wage jobs at the Port and in port-related industries.

Fund Details 

  • $2.5 million is available in this cycle. 
  • The Fund invites proposals for projects with outcomes related to workforce development, job creation programs, or economic recovery solutions in Port-related industries.
  • Projects must also serve those who are economically vulnerable and face great challenges, including people of color, Native people, immigrants and refugees, English Language Learners, veterans, seniors, youth, and/or people with disabilities.
  • Non-profits, community organizations, and chambers of commerce working in these program areas are eligible to apply. Private for-profit entities are not eligible.

Our Six Projects for Cycle 3 

African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest (ACCPNW)
ACCPNW’s African Drayage Trucking Business Support Project (ADT-BUS) will provide business technical support to drivers to help their trucking businesses survive and grow; educate on small business management to ensure trucking business entrepreneurs serving Port facilities can successfully run their own business.

BIPOC Apostrophe
BIPOC Apostrophe trains youth from 18-25 years old in the areas of aircraft cargo management, logistics centers and warehouse activities, and aircraft marshalling.  

Boys and Girls Clubs of King County 
Boys and Girls Clubs of King County’s YouthForce program, in partnership with 7GEN and SIXR, will connect economically vulnerable opportunity youth from near-airport communities to pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training pathways in green technology and advanced manufacturing.

Casa Latina 
Casa Latina’s construction program builds on experience recruiting, training, and ensuring Latino workers have the skills and training needed to obtain jobs in the construction industry. This program includes case management and wraparound services to support men, women, and young adults.

Serve Ethiopians Washington
Serve Ethiopians Washington's New Start program provides outreach and recruitment for immigrant BIPOC ride-share and taxicab drivers to pursue a career as an Aircraft Mechanic at SEA Airport and participate in the “Introduction to Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT)” course offered by Airport University.

Your Money Matters Mentoring
With Your Money Matters Mentoring, Participants will acquire construction skills, competencies, experience, and education to secure jobs in the construction industry by providing education and mentoring support through the introduction to a construction training program.  Participants will obtain certification in Abatement and Demolition.


This is not the Port’s official procurement site.  The official RFP information and most updated requirements are made available in the Port’s VendorConnect system.

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