Basic Services Initiative

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 made 100 grants through this program, awarding over $1.8 million to 66 community organizations across Washington and Oregon.

See the list of 2012 Awardees

2014 Safeco Insurance Basic Services Initiative

Selection Criteria

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.

Funding Cycle

The Basic Services Initiative operates on a two-year cycle. Organizations selected will receive commitments for two years of funding. An interim report, due April 30, 2015, will be required to access second year funding.

Initiative Timeline

Open for Applications: February 28, 2014

Application Deadline: March 31, 2014

Interim Report Due: April 30, 2015

Final Report Due: April 30, 2016

How to Apply

Organizations should download and review the 2014 Basic Services Initiative RFP before submitting an online application. Only proposals submitted online will be accepted.

2012 Awardees


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