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.), the City of Burien, along with 15 other King County cities, accepts requests for human services funding using one common application. $8.89 per capita is allocated to the Burien Human Services Fund, equaling roughly $467,000 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.

2025–2026 Human Services Fund Application

The next funding cycle opens Monday, March 4, 2024 and closes at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2024 with funding workshops for agencies occurring on March 5 and 6. Join the new applicant information session to learn more.

Funding Workshops

Tuesday, March 5, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (in-person meeting; register here)
Redmond City Hall
15670 NE 85th Street, Redmond, WA 98052

Wednesday, March 6, 1-2:30 p.m. (hybrid meeting; register here)
Kent City Hall
220 4th Ave S, Kent, WA 98032

Note that agencies applying to the City of Burien are required to answer this supplemental question. Applications will be considered incomplete without this additional document. There is a place on the application portal to upload the document. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Before You Apply

New Applicants

Please be sure to talk to staff before starting an application. Minimum requirements for each city are listed on the Minimum Requirements document

Application Assistance

City of Burien staff is available to help with any questions related to the City’s process and/or answer questions you may have about the content of the application. Please email the Human Services staff at [email protected] or call at 206-439-3166 or 206-248-5518 for additional information.

New organizations and entities not currently funded through the City of Burien are strongly encouraged to contact staff prior to submitting grant requests.

Contracts and Reporting

Organizations funded by the city are required to submit quarterly performance reports and annual demographics and outcomes reports. For additional information on the contracting and reporting process, contact Human Services Staff.

2023–2024 Human Services Funding Allocations

The City received 60 applications requesting $1,376,647. The Human Services Commission recommended that 37 programs receive funding.

Updated March 4, 2024