SEATTLE -- The Washington State Attorney General's Office announced today that $450,000 is available for consumer education projects in Washington.
The money, which is held in trust for Washington residents, is the result of court ordered restitution in some of the cases settled by the Consumer Protection Division. The purpose of the grant program is to educate consumers so that fewer people will become victims or potential targets of consumer fraud or deception.
Proposals are sought from organizations that share the office's commitment to educating consumers and improving Washington's marketplace. In particular, proposals are sought from programs that will benefit underserved populations such as youth, the elderly, immigrants or those who do not speak English as a primary language and people who cannot easily access the legal system.
Proposals need to identify consumer education programs, products or services that will prevent people from becoming victims or targets of consumer fraud or deception. The Attorney General's office requests that proposals address subjects of high consumer interest in the following categories: communications, the credit and financial industry, Internet commerce related issues, privacy and identity theft, and senior fraud.
Funding is available to non-profits and any government agency in the state. Organizations must have the capacity to implement their proposed project in a short time-frame.
A letter of intent is due by March 12, 2004, no later than 5:00 p.m. Finalists will be notified to complete a detailed application on March 26, 2004. Grantees will be notified May 21, 2004.
There are specific guidelines to follow for both the letter of intent and to apply for the grant. For more information about the grant, click here to download the guidelines.