Pierce County and the Foundation for Tacoma Students seek to support organizations and programs providing expanded learning opportunities during the summer of 2021 that focus on social-emotional learning outcomes for youth of color and those from low-income households.


Applications must be submitted through the FFTS funding portal. The portal allows applicants to preview questions, as well as start and save their application to complete at a later time. Only one application accepted per program or organization. Deadline to apply is Monday, July 19, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

Information Sessions

The Foundation is hosting a series of virtual information sessions for prospective applicants. Please send all questions to grants@graduatetacoma.org. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Organizations based in, or serving, children and youth in Pierce County and programs or organizations providing ELO summer programming in 2021 to youth ages 5-24. This includes, but is not limited to:


• Nonprofits

• Fiscally sponsored organizations and programs

• Higher education institutions

• Municipal agencies

• Businesses

• Sole proprietorships

• Community-based providers

• New and existing ELO programs

FFTS will review applications and make funding decisions on a rolling basis, during three review and disbursement cycles. Review cycles are expected to occur in late-June, mid-July, and late-July, 2021. Awards will range in size from $5,000-$75,000, and we anticipate disbursing funds in single, up-front payments.

Social-emotional learning is a broad field, and can include many types and styles of programming that support young people in acquiring the knowledge, skills and attitude to:

• Creating Welcoming Environments for All

• Reinforcing Positive Behavioral, Supports, and Interventions

• Clearly Naming Expectations of its Participants and Staff

• Offering Physical and Mental Wellness

• Using Trauma-Sensitive and Trauma-Informed Practice


Social-emotional learning (SEL) is an important piece of advancing educational equity. It fosters learning environments that are characterized by trust and collaborative relationships, and empowers young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.


Please see the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)School’s Out Washington (SOWA), and the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative for more information on SEL. 

New Summer Program Funding
With the support of Pierce County and the American Rescue Plan, the Foundation for Tacoma Students is leading the planning and allocation of capacity-investment dollars for ELO programs that focus on SEL outcomes throughout Pierce County during the summer of 2021.


Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns regarding the Pierce County Expanded Learning Opportunity Fund and a staff member will be in touch.