Chairs Initiative for a Sounder Future

Chair’s Initiative for a Sounder Future 2020-21


Application Guidelines

The Chair’s Initiative for a Sounder Future grants are made possible by the passing of Senate Bill 5152, which created special license plates for the Seattle Sounders FC.  Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen requested the bill which Governor Jay Inslee signed into law in May of 2013.  A significant portion of the funds generated from the sale of Sounders FC license plates helps fund efforts by youth mentoring programs across Washington State to increase the number of youth they can serve.

The maximum grant award is $5,000. Successful applicants will be required to provide a 50 percent match. For example, if a program is awarded $5,000 they will be required to allocate $2,500 to match the grant award.  In-kind funds cannot be used for match purposes.



Programs may receive funding in two consecutive years and will then be required to take one year off before re-applying.

How to Apply:

Please complete the following application requirements:


Your cover sheet, narrative, budget and a copy of your 501(c)3 must arrive as a single pdf file to Victor Amabile at

Contact Victor Amabile if you do not receive confirmation of MW’s receipt of your application.

Applications are accepted on February 28 and November 15.

Please address the components below in your narrative.

1)    Organizational Background.  Include your program mission statement, history of successes and service area.

2)    Needs Statement and Population Served. Identify the specific needs of your communities’ youth and population served, e.g., demographics.

3)    Use of funds to increase the overall number of mentor matches.

4)    Your capacity to meet grant requirements to increase the number of matches (using specific examples

            and data).

5)   Your 50% match requirement? (Match does not need to be new dollars but cannot be in-kind.)

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