Black Coffee Northwest receives $50K 'We See You' grant

Second location, in Ballard, is now open


Last updated 3/25/2022 at 7:17pm

Black Coffee Northwest

Pictured, from left: Darnesha, Edwin, and Mikayla Weary.

The Black Future Co-op Fund, Washington state's first Black-women-led philanthropy, has announced $1.05 million in grants to 21 Black-woman-led organizations in their second round of statewide funding.

Recipients include Black Coffee Northwest in Shoreline, a community gathering place offering youth leadership development and supportive services.

The owners, Edwin and Darnesha Weary, live in Edmonds. The shop recently opened a second location, in Ballard.

Each grantee organization will receive $50,000 in unrestricted funds as an acknowledgment of and support for their work.

Grants were made barrier-free, without an application process or reporting requirements.

According to the Black Future Co-op Fund, the "We See You" grants represent a commitment it has to invest in Black women who have invested in the wealth, health, and well-being of Black communities for generations.

"Black women have long been at the forefront of our collective liberation – strategizing, organizing, leading, and caring for our communities," said Fund architect and state Sen. T'wina Nobles (28th District) in a news release.

"With these grants, the Black Future Co-op Fund recognizes Black women who are champions and vital shapers of Black self-determination."

The Black Future Co-op Fund says it was founded on the premise that Black communities know best what they need.

Grant recipients are Black-woman-led organizations serving their communities through arts and culture, restorative healing, educational innovation, policy development, and more.

Since its launch in June 2020, the Black Future Co-op Fund has invested $2.75 million to advance its mission of igniting Black generational wealth, health, and well-being.

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