Countywide Gender-Based Violence Prevention Pilot: A new VSHSL funding opportunity

Historically King County’s investments for survivors of gender-based violence have focused on crisis and short- to medium-term response for survivors. While these supports are an essential part of the landscape in addressing gender-based violence, they do not address the root causes of violence nor meaningfully help us to build strategies to change the conditions that lead to violence and abuse.

Gender-based violence prevention efforts should be focused on building communities free from violence by addressing the underlying causes of domestic and sexual violence. These efforts should be grounded in the understanding that gender-based violence will end when individuals, institutions and communities all act to make it unacceptable. All persons benefit from the support of their peers, families, communities and institutions to have healthy relationships. Therefore, it is vital that violence prevention efforts work to address each level of the social ecology.

new funding opportunity is available from the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) to fund a network of domestic and sexual violence programs to develop and implement in-depth, multi-level, coordinated prevention and community engagement strategies tailored to geographically and culturally diverse communities across King County.

Funding for Countywide Gender-Based Violence Prevention Pilot

The Countywide Gender-Based Violence Prevention Pilot strategy seeks a comprehensive and sustainable response to gender-based violence, which includes a combination of community engagement and prevention efforts, in addition to crisis and response services. This program will ensure that King County investments begin to include a focus on both prevention and crisis response.

Successful applicants must demonstrate that their programs will:

  • Address the root causes of domestic and sexual violence in a context that is relevant, effective, and meaningful for program participants, with a specific focus on Black communities, Indigenous communities, and/or communities of color at large.
  • Demonstrate an approach to prevention that understands how racism intersects with sexism and other forms of oppression.
  • Provide information and services that are linguistically and culturally-appropriate and low-barrier.
  • Build on or engage one or more of the following bases of knowledge or theories of practice identified by community during the phase one planning process as being central to successful, authentic and culturally appropriate engagement: Black liberation, reparations, decolonization, sovereignty, ceremony, cultural organizing or cultural nurturance, anti-racism/anti-oppression, transformative justice, harm reduction, political education, peer-led, collectivist organizing, neighborhood or block-based organizing, culturally-rooted creative practices, or increasing self-determination.

Application details

Available funding: Up to $2,875,000 in VSHSL funds
Investment period: March 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023 (subject to change)
Questions: Contact Shannon Perez-Darby at
Applications due: February 25, 2021 by 12:00 pm

 Bidders Conference:

January 25, 2021 | 10:00  – 11:30 am

Join by Skype 
Join by phone: 206-263-8114, Conference ID: 104250#

If you need other accommodations to participate, please contact the procurement lead by January 20, 2021.

The Bidders Conference session will be recorded and posted at

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