Building Equitable Economies

This initiative is designed to support community-based organizations and small businesses from across our region to develop the capacity to access American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars and other sustainable sources of funding. We are interested in making investments to support community-identified strategies that show promise in attracting ARPA and other resources.


*NOTE: The Equitable Economies initiative is not currently accepting grant applications. *

Resources & Opportunities 

Community Learning Sessions

Learn more about the EHF Equitable Economies initiative and the process of applying for federal ARPA funds. 


PREVIOUS SESSION: Thursday, October 12th, 2023

Topic: "Proposal Writing Process"

 Watch a replay of the October 12th, 2023 session here 


PREVIOUS SESSION: Thursday, September 14th, 2023

Topic: "Fundraising Overview"

Watch a replay of the September 14th, 2023 session here


PREVIOUS SESSION: Thursday, July 27th, 2023

Topic: "Basic NPO Infrastructure"

Watch a replay of the July 27th, 2023 session here


PREVIOUS SESSION: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

Topic: "Working Toward Culturally Responsive Housing Development"

Guest Speakers: Oscar Arana, Native American Youth & Family Center; Virgil Wade (Pawnee/Choctaw), Deputy Director, Chief Seattle Club

Watch a replay of the May 25, 2022 session here


PREVIOUS SESSION: Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

Topic: "Accessing Federal APRA Funds Through Spokane County"

Guest Speakers: Jeff McMorris, Community Engagement & Public Policy Advisor & Ariane Schmidt, ARP Portfolio and Program Management

Watch a replay of the April 13, 2022 session here


PREVIOUS SESSION: Friday, February 25th, 2022

Topic: "Financing Your Vision" with Craft 3, a nonprofit lender

Guest Speakers: Walt Postlewait, Executive Vice President; Ed Davis, Vice President and Indian Country Regional Strategist; Stephen Reichard, Reichard & Associates

Watch a relay of the Feb. 25, 2022 session here (1 hour).


PREVIOUS SESSION: Friday, January 28th, 2022

Topic: "Working For Collective Advocacy"

 Guest Speaker: Marcus Mundy, Executive Director of the Coalition of Communities of Color

Watch a replay of the Jan 28, 2022 session here (1 hour).


PREVIOUS SESSION: Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

Topic: "Accessing ARPA Resources Through the City of Spokane"

Guest Speaker: Joy Peltier, Spokane City Council Community Engagement 

Watch a replay of the Dec. 2, 2021 session here (1 hour).


Meeting Records & Helpful Info

Community Advisory Committee

Working with EHF staff on the initiative are eight members of our Community Advisory Committee:


-Bob Hutchinson, Project ID

-Fernanda Mazcot, Nuestras RaĆ­ces Centro Comunitario

-Kiana McKenna, Pacific Islander Community Association of WA

-Linda Lauch, American Indian Community Center

-Sarah Phillips, YES of Pend Oreille County

-Shon Davis, Jesus Is The Answer Church

-Tere Graham, Jesus Is The Answer Church

-Stephaine Courtney, Shades of Motherhood

-Roo Ramos, Spectrum Center

-Rick Kabua, Marshallese Community Advisory Board

-Naghmana Sherazi, Lands Council

-Hanncel Sanchez, Mujeres in Action (MiA)


They and you are helping to create and sustain EHF's culture of learning. Thank you!

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