The Seattle Mariners and Mariners Care Foundation established the Community Impact Grant Program to help ensure our communities are places where everyone can thrive. It is part of our commitment to help advance social justice and racial equity. This is a long-term effort to invest in programs and organizations addressing the causes of racial, social, and economic inequity.
Across King County and Washington State, there is a significant gap between the health and economic outcomes of many Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and their white peers. In King County, Black people are more than 1.5 times more likely to have unmet health care needs due to the cost compared to their White peers. Furthermore, the American Psychological Association states that Blacks, Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and Asian Americans are over-represented in populations that are particularly at risk for mental health disorders.
The Community Impact Grants seek to increase positive health outcomes for youth and accelerate equitable outcomes for BIPOC communities across Washington State. To do so, we will support efforts that:
- Increase youth participation in physical activity with a focus on baseball and softball, by?creating access, removing barriers, and building a culture of inclusion.
- Decrease the stigma associated with mental health needs and grow access to mental health support?for youth, especially during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery.
- Invest in organizations, coalitions, and efforts that prioritize systemic approaches to create and accelerate equitable outcomes for BIPOC communities.
Physical Activity for BIPOC Youth:
Support will be provided through the open grant process to organizations focused on research, advocacy and/or programs that increase youth participation in physical activity, with a focus on baseball and softball. To be considered, applicants must demonstrate how their work will create access, remove barriers to participation and build a culture of inclusion for youth, ages 5-18. Preference will be given to organizations that primarily support under-resourced BIPOC communities.
2021 Recipients: Boys & Girls Club of Brewster, WA and King County Play Equity Coalition
Mental Health Support for BIPOC Youth:
Support will be provided through the open grant process to organizations focused on research, advocacy and/or programs that decrease the stigma of mental health needs and increase access to mental health resources for youth, ages 5-18. To be considered, applicants must demonstrate how their work will lead to a decrease in the stigma of mental health needs and/or increase access to mental health resources for youth. Preference will be given to organizations that primarily support under-resourced BIPOC communities.
2021 Recipients: CHOOSE 180 and You Grow Girl!
Accelerate Equitable Outcomes for BIPOC Communities:
The Seattle Mariners Community Impact Grant program will provide support to a third area of focus through an invitation only process.
Through an invitation-only process, the Mariners support coalitions and organizations working to ensure that everyone, especially BIPOC communities, has the opportunity to thrive. Preference will be given to efforts focused on and leveraging research and advocacy as key elements of systemic change work.
2021 Recipients: The Seattle Foundation Fund for Inclusive Recovery and;
University of Washington Foster School of Business Consulting and Business Development Center Minority Business Executive Program