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Ensuring a healthy community: The need for affordable housing

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Microsoft: $60 million Microsoft investment boosts King County’s efforts to preserve affordable housing in greater Seattle region (Sept 26, 2019)

GeekWire: Affordable housing campaign raises $48.8M from Microsoft, Amazon, Ballmers, and others to combat homelessness in Seattle region (June 11, 2019)

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Microsoft President Brad Smith and Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood announced a financial commitment to more affordable housing in the Seattle area on Thursday, Jan. 17.

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Microsoft Affordable Housing Initiative Request for Preliminary Proposals

Affordable Housing Investment Proposal Application

Please review this document (Microsoft Affordable Housing Initiative Request for Preliminary Proposals) which gives an overview of the initiative and outlines the criteria for creating your preliminary proposal. To start the application process, email affordablehousing@microsoft.com with subject heading “Application for Microsoft Affordable Housing Investment” and include the following information:

  • Project name
  • Name of the organization(s) submitting the application, and physical/legal address(es)
  • Name, title, and email address of primary point of contact for the project
  • Name, title, and email address of person who will sign the non-disclosure agreement (NDA)

Once your email is received, our team will follow up with further steps allowing you to submit your proposal.  These steps will include:

  • Access to a secure system for sharing documents
  • Completing prerequisites, including a NDA
  • Further instructions on submitting your final proposal

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. After submitting an application, Microsoft or its advisors may contact you with requests for more information. Meetings to further discuss investment opportunities may be part of the evaluation process.

Grant requests

As one of Washington State’s largest employers, Microsoft has for decades worked to enhance economic growth for all, create new opportunities for more individuals to participate in that growth, and protect and improve the quality of life enjoyed by Washington residents. Microsoft invests in the continued health and vitality of Washington State by advancing community and public affairs initiatives that aim to make our home state a great place to work and live. Microsoft supports programs and organizations that address the needs of people and communities throughout the region, and gives broadly to priority areas of education, human services and family-friendly arts and culture.

Microsoft Philanthropies awards cash grants to nonprofit organizations through an invitation-only application process. For inquiries, please contact affordablehousing@microsoft.com, and note that we will not be able to reply to every inquiry received.