Basic Services Initiative

Safeco Insurance Fund

In the spring of 2010, the Safeco Insurance Fund launched its first Homelessness Initiative with the goal of supporting nonprofit organizations that serve homeless families and individuals in need of emergency assistance. To further clarify its emphasis on basic emergency services, in 2012 the Homelessness Initiative was renamed the Basic Services Initiative. Since 2010, the fund has awarded more than $2.6 million through the initiative.

Selection Criteria

Basic Services Initiative applicants are evaluated on the following criteria (in no specific order):

  • Relevance: The grant applicant's mission and intent must closely follow the guidelines set forth in the application.
  • Program Quality: Applicants must thoroughly demonstrate the effectiveness of their program(s) in assisting individuals and families in need of emergency services.
  • Organizational Capacity: Priority will be given to organizations that can demonstrate a thoroughly established internal capacity for reaching individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • Cost-effectiveness: A budget for the program should demonstrate a cost-effective use of resources.
  • Past Performance: The Safeco Insurance Fund supports programs with a demonstrated track record of providing basic services to vulnerable populations.

Initiative Funding Cycle

The Basic Services Initiative operates on a two-year cycle. Organizations selected will receive commitments for a second year of funding.

How to Apply

Beginning in March 2016, organizations will be invited to download and review the Basic Services Initiative RFP, before submitting an online application. Only proposals submitted online will be accepted.


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Previous Grant Recipients

For a list of recent Safeco Insurance Fund grant recipients, visit the Liberty Mutual Foundation.

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