City of Seattle announces First-Ever Census Ethnic and Minority Media Fund Awards

The fund will invest a total of $150,000 in 22 media organizations that serve historically undercounted communities

Today, the City of Seattle announced
the recipients of the 2020 Census Ethnic and Minority Media Fund. With a total
investment of $150,000, 22 media organizations will receive grants to educate
and engage historically undercounted communities about participation in the
upcoming U.S. 2020 Census. These organizations will be working in coordination
with the Regional Census Fund
to ensure the City informs and encourages all
residents to complete the Census.   

“The 2020 Census is critical to ensuring
we receive federal resources that our communities rely on. In Seattle, we’re
working hard to make sure our historically undercounted communities can know
their rights and be counted in the 2020 Census,” said Mayor Durkan. “Seattle’s
ethnic media are trusted by the communities they serve, and this fund will help
them do the important work of reaching out to community, building trust, and
preparing for the 2020 Census.” 

Historically, the Census has
undercounted many communities, including Black, Latinx, immigrant and refugee
communities, low-income residents, children under five, LGBTQ+ residents and
others. Seattle receives significant federal funding based on Census data that
supports infrastructure (like schools and roads), along with community and social
programs (like Medicaid).  

“Our city’s ethnic and minority media
organizations have the deep trust and direct connections to our
underrepresented communities,” said Andres Mantilla, director of Seattle
Department of Neighborhoods. “They understand the needs, challenges, and
opportunities in their communities and have the innate ability to bridge any
barriers to encourage Census participation.” 

The proposals were reviewed by a panel
of local representatives from diverse perspectives and populations. This
program is funded by the City of Seattle and the Washington State Office of
Financial Management. 

“La Raza del Noroeste is extremely
grateful to the City of Seattle for taking us into account to work
collaboratively to make the 2020 Census a success,” said Diana Piñon, reporter
with La Raza del Noroeste. “As a reliable source of news for our
Hispanic/Latino community, it is extremely important to educate and motivate
them to participate. We are excited to empower our community.” 

Visit seattlecensus.org for more information about Seattle’s preparation for Census 2020.  

Census Ethnic and
Minority Media Fund Award Recipients

  • Actidud Latina 
  • Alefba Group- communication committee 
  • Channel A Tv 
  • Diaspora Kikuyu Media and Juma Communications 
  • El Rey 1360 
  • First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME)  
  • International Examiner 
  • JoySeattle News 
  • KVRU 105.7 FM 
  • La Raza del Noroeste/Sound Publishing 
  • Latino Northwest Communications/ Univision Seattle 
  • Muslim Community and Neighborhood Association MCNA 
  • Seattle Chinese Post, Inc 
  • Seattle Chinese Radio 
  • Seattle Gay News 
  • Seattle Korean Weekly 
  • Seattle Medium 
  • Soy Source  
  • Tasveer 
  • Tu Decides Media 
  • Tu Familia FM 
  • Washington African Media Association (WAMA)