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Regional Grants & Funds

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Our Plan

Our Housing Equity Fund is providing $125 million in grants to minority-led organizations and public agencies to help build a more inclusive solution to the affordable housing crisis, which disproportionately affects communities of color. The Fund also gives grants to government partners not traditionally involved in affordable housing issues, such as transit agencies and school districts, to provide them with resources to advance and create equitable and affordable housing initiatives.

These grants to advance affordable housing initiatives, data analysis, and research, support increasing access to affordable housing.

Amazon does not currently accept unsolicited applications for programmatic grant funding. Prospective grantees can inquire about programmatic grants by emailing the HousingEquityFund@Amazon.com.

Awarded Grants

A key example of this was our grant to fund the Housing Affordability Planning Program (HAPP), an initiative administered by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). HAPP will provide $656,000 in grant funding to local governments and nonprofit developers engaged in the planning, approval, or development of housing around transit stations across Metro Washington.
Additional Grants Provided To:

The Bellevue School District Foundation

to develop a comprehensive affordable housing plan to evaluate current district opportunities to increase affordable housing for teachers of color in the region/ school district.

Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF)

for the development of a publicly-available resource toolkit for impact measurement in affordable housing.

Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND)

to support the development of their Housing Indicator Tool, an affordable housing progress dashboard.

The Urban Land Institute of Washington

to support a regional convening around opportunities for transit-oriented development.

The Urban Institute

for research on each of the three markets and also preliminary research on support for minority developers.