Rest and Repair Grants 2023
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The Rest and Repair Grants are made in recognition of and in support of Black or African American Women Leaders working in the non-profit sector in Washington State. Ten (10) - $100,000 Rest and Repair Grant Awards will be granted to ten (10) Black Women who have made significant contributions to their communities through the nonprofit sector and who reside in Washington State. Five Awards will be given in 2022 and five in 2023.

The purpose of these awards is to allow the recipients to pursue their own personal and professional activities as they continue to make our state a better place to work and live. There are few limits on the use of this Rest and Repair grant, as the purpose is to invest in African American women leaders in Washington State who have demonstrated dedication and outstanding leadership of non-profit organizations.

In honor of the uncompensated and undercompensated labor Black women have given to make Washington State a more equitable place to live, and our own institutional failure to recognize and compensate their leadership for many years, the WaWF board elected to share power and delegate the decision on how the grant should be distributed to a Cohort of Black women leaders in Washington state.

Washington Women’s Foundation now seeks nominations of Black women who are leaders within the nonprofit sector and within the wider community for our 2023 Rest and Repair Grant Cycle. It is important to note that we view leadership as far more than title or public acclamation. We particularly encourage nominations of Black women whose demonstrated efforts on behalf of their community have gone without recognition or acknowledgment in the wider world.

Notes to consider: 

  • The nomination form consists of recommendations from both a Primary and a Secondary Nominator, as well as a resume and/or LinkedIn connection for each nominee.  
  • While accepted, multiple nominations for the same candidate are not necessary, nor does it have any bearing on the final decisions.  Feel free to re-nominate people who were nominated previously but were not granted an award. 
  • We recommend nominators coordinate with their nominees to ensure that the correct and most up-to-date contact information has been provided, and/or to work with your nominee to secure a second nominator. 
  • We know that there is no limit to the extent of Black excellence, or the number of Black women doing extraordinary things to make the world better! Please remember that we receive hundreds of nominations for these awards. Despite our wish that it was not so (and our efforts to change this fact), the Rest and Repair Awards are highly competitive.