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Our COVID-19 Response & Services

Our Commitment to Those We Serve

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle responds to the growing needs of those we serve by providing support, services, programming, and opportunities through our five pillars of focus. 

Education is the cornerstone of success. It is through education that we can develop a sense of empowerment. ULMS is committed to providing both youth and adult education, training, and certification opportunities on a year-round basis. For more information on ULMS education programs, please visit the “Education” tab in the menu above.

In the United States, people of color and low-income Americans are more likely than their white and affluent counterparts to be uninsured and face barriers to care. They are also less likely to have a primary care provider and have higher rates of chronic conditions (i.e. heart disease, diabetes cancer, asthma, and HIV).

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle supports the delivery of replicable, sustainable health care to underserved communities while advocating for the elimination of health disparities.

Housing is a basic and essential need. Whether you are renting or buying, a home should not be an insurmountable obstacle. The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is currently a HUD certified housing program that offers numerous related workshops and courses. For more information on ULMS Housing services, please visit the “Housing” tab in the menu above.

People need access to jobs and the financial resources required to maintain economic stability. More importantly, they need the requisite skills to be competitive in today’s job market. ULMS’s prepares men, woman, and youth with barriers to employment to be successful contributors in the workplace and society. For more information on ULMS talent development programs, please visit the “Workforce” tab in the menu above.

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle works diligently to protect the civil liberties and rights of the black community, advocate for policy reform, serve as a voice for those we serve, and educate the public on civil issues affecting our region of service.

Black Business Prosperity Grant

Our goal is to provide direct cash assistance to black small business owners who have been financially distressed due to COVID-19 related circumstances. Is that you? We want to help! Apply for the Black Business Prosperity (BBP) Grant today!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Oct. 12th @ 11:59pm PST 

The impacts of the Coronavirus within our community have disproportionately effected black-owned small businesses more than any other demographic. The same community businesses whose owners have stepped up to become first responders while simultaneously trying to keep their doors open.

To address this, the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle has collaborated with local partners to develop a quick and easy grant application that would award minority small business owners with up to $5,000 in direct cash assistance! 


Four (4) Grant awards in the amount of $5,000.00 (each recipient may only receive one grant payout) 


Five (5) Grant awards in the amount of  $1,000.00 (each recipient may only receive one grant payout) 

To be officially considered as a grant recipient, all interested applicants must complete and submit the grant application by the given deadline: Oct 12th @ 11:59pm PST. At which point: 

  • Four (4) minority business owners will be selected to each receive one (1) grant of $5,000.00 in direct cash assistance
  • Five (5) minority business owners will be selected to each receive one (1) grant of $1,000.00 in direct cash assistance


  • Winners will be selected based on perceived need and at the sole discretion of the Urban Legaue of Metropolitan Seattle.
  • Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm PST on Monday, October 12th, 2020
  • Once the deadline has closed, all applications received will be reviewed and grant recipient selections will be announced at 9:00am on Monday, November 2, 2020
  • Each grant will be awarded on a one-time basis. 
  • Incomplete applications or applications submited by businesses that do not adhere to grant restrictions will not be considered for review .  
  • Grants will be distributed via check and must be officially claimed upon notification of your grant award.
  • If selected, you will have 30 days from the date of notification  (until December 2nd, 2020) to claim your grant. If your grant is unclaimed after the 30 day period, your grant will be forfeited to the next highest ranked runner up.

The following restrictions apply:

  • Businesses  MUST be in King County Washington
  • Businesses MUST be black or minority owned
  • Businesses  MUST NOT  have received ULMS direct cash assistance funding or grants for your business in the last 6 months (since March 2020) 
  • Businesses MUST NOT have more than 50 employees

Support a Local Black Owned Business

Supporting black-owned businesses is an essential part of building economic strength within our communities. Please use this index to find local minority owned/operated businesses in and around the King County area.

Join the Movement
Complete the Census online!

While Census Day was officially April 1st, you can make sure your household is counted today! Click the “Complete My Questionnaire to complete the questionnaire online now! Remember, it will only take 10 minutes of your time to have an input on decisions that will impact our community for the next 10 years!

#MakeBlackCount #WeCountKingCounty


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