Human Services Fund

In recognition of the significant need for human services support in our community, the Burien City Council allocates a portion of the General Fund budget to grant funding to organizations delivering direct service in our community. In the spring of every even year (2020, 2022, etc.) Burien, along with 17 other King County cities, accepts requests for human services funding using one common application. $6.50 per capita is allocated to the Burien Human Services Fund, equaling $345,000 per year. The City will also receive close to $46,000 per year in human services funding from the federal government’s Community Development Block Grant funding. Funds will be dispersed to organizations quarterly over a two-year period.

2023–2024 Human Services Fund Application

The next funding cycle opens in March 2022. View the new applicant information session to learn more.

2021–2022 Human Services Funding Allocations

The City received 61 applications requesting $831,201. The Human Services Commission recommended 35 organizations receive funding. 

How Are Organizations Selected for Funding?

The Human Services Commission, a seven-member advisory board, evaluates the applications for human services funding and advises Council on human services issues. The human services manager helps manage the human services funding process.

Funding Priorities and Goals (Results and Strategies)

The City of Burien has adopted the following results and strategies as priorities for the 2021–2022 cycle. Funding priority will be given to programs that assist Burien community members to:

Have secure, affordable housing.


  1. Educate and connect residents to resources.
  2. Decrease evictions.
  3. Provide coordinated programs and services to reduce/prevent homelessness.

Be safe from violence within their families and communities.


  1. Provide high quality services that address domestic violence, sexual assault, and community safety.
  2. Provide places to which residents at immediate risk can go.
  3. Educate individuals and families about risk avoidance.

Be healthy, physically and mentally.


  1. Provide access to healthy, nutritious, culturally relevant food.
  2. Provide access to high quality local services that address physical and mental health needs.
  3. Support healthy lifestyle choices and reduction of risky behaviors.

Have living wage jobs.


  1. Provide education on financial literacy.
  2. Provide job counseling, training, and job finding services.
  3. Provide opportunities to improve employment situation.

Have early childhood education and youth success.


  1. Provide accessible, culturally relevant, high quality early childhood and school age programs.
  2. Reduce barriers to increase successful school achievement and graduation.
  3. Provide afterschool or extracurricular activities to increase stability. 

Summary of Year End Results

Organizations receiving funding are required to submit quarterly reports. Those reports are posted here.