Planning and Predesign Capital Equity Program

Community Engagement


Vexing Media, in partnership with Spo-ka’nay Enterprises, has received a contract with the Washington Department of Commerce to engage a wide range of communities for their input on the types of facilities that “the community wants to build, maintain, or remodel that includes both housing and non-housing facilities” (Commerce).

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Ranking and/or Prioritizing Facilities

Thank you for your participation in our community engagement series. We’ve completed part one of the series, Identify Facilities, and part two, Confirming Facilities. These have led to ranking the 70+ facilities to narrow down the selection to 20.

We ask for your assistance to rank or prioritize the facilities within each group. The seven (7) groups have about 10 to 11 facilities listed, and we ask that you rank or prioritize the facilities from 1 (urgently needed in my community) to 10 or 11 (least urgently needed in my community). Please treat each group as a stand-alone list and not connected to one another.

To participate in the ranking of facilities please click on the “Open Survey” button below.

If you have already filled out the survey between May 23 and May 30, an additional group has been added from the discussion held on May 23rd. You are more than welcome to fill out only group seven. Just check the box at the top of the form and then find group 7 to rank.

Thank you again for your willingness to participate in voicing your community facility needs!


Community Engagement Event: Prioritizing the Ranked Facilities

Our last community engagement event is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2024, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The purpose of this in-person event is to prioritize the ranked facilities and pare down the 20 listed to the top 10 facilities.

We will be providing lunch, lived experience stipends, which also include child- and adult care expenses, and networking opportunities with nonprofit organizations and people who have the same concerns as you do.

The registration page for this event will be available by August 1, 2024, and will include questions regarding food and beverage.

At this time, the venue has not been selected, nor has the caterer. If you are interested and have not registered or attended any of the previous community engagement events held from February to May 23, 2024, then please fill out this short information form.

If you need more information or have questions, please contact Maria Griffin,


Technical Assistance

Because of your assistance, the Washington State Department of Commerce was able to find and contract with technical assistance providers that can help with filling out the Community-based Organization (CBO) Planning and Predesign Capital Equity Program’s request for proposal (RFP) as well as answer any planning or predesign questions that you have.

To access a technical assistance provider, you need to register by clicking on the button below and filling out the online form.

In the top part of the form, you will find a link to a Technical Assistance Appendix that provides definitions and descriptions for words or phrases in the form that you may not recognize.

Registration closes on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

If you need more information or have questions, please contact Maria Griffin,

Washington State Department of Commerce Announcements

Community-based Organization Predesign Request for Proposals Now OPEN!!

Washington Department of Commerce has opened the Community-based Organization (CBO) Planning and Predesign Capital Equity Program’s request for proposal (RFP).

The purpose of this RFP is for eligible CBOs to apply for and be granted funds (if proposal meets criteria in RFP) to assist in the planning and predesign services. This is the first step in receiving funds to begin the journey to building or remodeling a facility that is needed in your community, as you would be ready to apply and, possibly, receive funds for a Commerce capital grant program.

Commerce is expecting to award predevelopment grant award amounts of up to $200,000 per project. See the RFP for more details.

The following table is a timeline issued by Commerce for this CBO planning and predesign RFP. The information on the Commerce information page supersedes this table.

Issue Request for Proposals June 4, 2024
Question and answer period June 4 – July 1, 2024
Answers to Q&A posted no later than July 3, 2024
Pre-proposal conference: General June 10, 2024, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. PT
Pre-proposal conference: Tribal Only June 11, 2024, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. PT
Proposals due August 2, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. PT
Funding period September 21, 2024 – June 30, 2025


To access the RFP and additional information about the grant application, please click on the button below.

If you need more information or have questions, please contact Maria Griffin,