$2 million for King County departments, agencies to increase language access services

We know language access and providing King County communities with accurate information in a language they understand is more important than ever.  When people can receive information and services in the language and format that is accessible, it leads to more equitable and healthier outcomes  

King County has $2 million in federal funding to distribute to departments, agencies and divisions to increase language access as part of our pandemic response and recovery efforts. The Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ), in partnership with the Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget (PSB), will be allocating these resources. Applications will open soon. 

This program is meant to improve Language Access Supports, including limited English proficiency, English Language Learners, American Sign Language users, and individuals with communication barriers and disabilities, especially as it pertains to COVID-19 and COVID-19 impacts. Applicable uses include, but are not limited to:

  • Contracting translation or interpretation services for live services or translating documents
  • Disseminating translated materials to all media, such as ethnic media or social media
  • Purchasing software or equipment to facilitate language access
  • Responding to disability-related accommodation requests

OESJ will host two informational sessions for agencies interested in applying: 

Informational Session #1 

Thursday, December 9, 2021 11:00 AM-12:00 PM 

Zoom Webinar Link: https://kingcounty.zoom.us/j/89864608633 

Webinar ID: 898 6460 8633 

Call by phone: (253) 215-8782 

Informational Session #2 

Monday, December 13, 2021 1:00 PM-2:00 PM 

Zoom Webinar Link: https://kingcounty.zoom.us/j/84197669972 

Webinar ID: 841 9766 9972 

Call by phone: (253) 215-8782 

If you have additional questions, reach out to the Office of Equity and Social Justice by emailing oesjgrants@kingcounty.gov or KClanguages@kingcounty.gov.