The Washington State Department of Commerce is initiating a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit proposals from organizations interested in helping ensure a complete count of people in Washington during the 2020 census.

The grants are intended to complement the statewide committees by building local capacity in supporting a statewide effort to ensure all geographies and cultural and linguistic communities are fully and accurately counted in the 2020 census.

Cities, counties, non-profit organizations, tribes, and other entities, are encouraged to develop plans for outreach and messaging to populations defined as “hard to count”. The U.S. Census Bureau has defined “hard to count” populations as including: racial and ethnic minorities, persons who do not speak English fluently, lower income persons, homeless persons, undocumented immigrants, young mobile persons, children, persons who distrust the government, and LGBTQ persons.

Additionally, for the first time, the majority of households will be asked to respond online. Internet access and computer literacy may be barriers to achieving a full count.

Applications are due August 24, 2018.

For more information, visit the Department of Commerce info page on the RFP or contact Jaclyn Woodson, RFP Coordinator, at or 360-725.4049.

Read full RFP Document.