Bellevue commits $50,000 to census outreach

Bellevue commits $50,000 to census outreach

As part of a coordinated effort to ensure the accuracy of the 2020 Census, the City of Bellevue is contributing $50,000 to the Regional Census Fund. The pledge, announced at an April City Council meeting, will help community-based organizations conduct outreach to historically undercounted populations on the Eastside.

The Regional Census Fund is a $1.05 million fund that will allocate money to Bellevue, Seattle and King County-based community organizations to help fund outreach and other activities about the United States 2020 Census. The Seattle Foundation established the Regional Census Fund with $500,000, and King County and the City of Seattle each contributed $250,000.

Community-based organizations interested in assisting can apply for grants from the Census Fund. Proposals are due by Wednesday, May 15.

For every person counted, Bellevue can receive federal and state dollars to help support its growing population. Since 2010, Bellevue has received over $76 million in federal dollars for transportation, $7.1 million for parks and another $5.8 million for Community Development Block Grants for human services. Census results also determine federal representation for states; the 2010 Census resulted in an additional Congressional seat for Washington.

The Seattle Foundation has additional information about the fund and grant opportunities.

Quotes

“Supporting the outreach effort for the 2020 Census perfectly aligns with our council vision statement – ‘Bellevue welcomes the world, our diversity is our strength.’ The Regional Census Fund is a great partnership. Working together to ensure a fair and accurate census benefits everyone in our community, whether you’ve lived here for 40 years, 40 months or 40 days.”
- Mayor John Chelminiak


“Bellevue is such a growing and diverse community, these outreach efforts are important in engaging our residents. The census gives us a unique opportunity to get to know our community and serve their needs. The Regional Census Fund is an important effort, and I’m pleased Bellevue is a part of it.”
- Councilmember Conrad Lee

“This is an excellent investment, not only for Bellevue, but for the region. There’s a lot at stake with each census. I look forward to working with our community partners, and encourage those interested in outreach to consider applying for the Seattle Foundation’s grant.”
- Councilmember Janice Zahn

“I'm grateful for Bellevue's investment in Census outreach efforts and hope that Bellevue's leadership will serve as an example to other local cities.”
- Debbie Lacy, co-founder and executive director of the Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition

“As a community, we are hopeful and look forward to an informed and accurate Census 2020 count to create equitable representation. The Regional Census Fund is a result of true partnership between our cities, county and local philanthropy, and will help community organizations create awareness, and encourage and inspire communities to participate in 2020 Census.”
- Lalita Uppala, executive director of the India Association of Western Washington
Published on 05/09/2019
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