Census 2020

GTCF to Award $400,000 in Grants to Pierce County Organizations for 2020 Census Outreach 

In an effort to ensure every resident of Pierce County is informed, engaged, and valued in the census process, GTCF invited tribes, local governments, organizations, associations, coalitions, and collaborative networks with trusted relationship in hard-to-count communities to apply for grants to support outreach and communications about the 2020 Census. The 2020 census is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to inform data that directly affects everyone in Pierce County. 

The application period for GTCF’s 2020 Census Community grants ended on November 1, 2019.  Award announcements will be made by November 21, 2019. 

Learn more about 2020 Census Community Grants


Census data guides how more than $800 billion a year in federal funding is distributed, helping to create jobs, provide housing and build schools, roads and hospitals. An accurate count is critical to our county’s ability to access public and private resources and to ensure we have accurate representation.  

Historically, important communities including immigrants, people of color and young children have gone uncounted in the census. When individuals and communities are excluded, we all miss out on the wealth of perspectives and experiences that make our county strong.

GTCF and the Pierce County Auditors Office have partnered to organize the You Count Campaign, a collective of Pierce County organizations that recognize the importance of a complete and accurate census count for the well-being of our community – in 2020 and beyond. The campaign includes representatives from organizations including Bethel School District, the Center for Latino Leadership, Multicare, Puyallup Tribe, Puyallup Watershed Initiative, Tacoma Community House, the University of Washington – Tacoma and officials from city and county government. We are partnering with additional organizations and advocates to ensure all members of our community are appropriately represented in this effort and have a stake in getting an accurate count.

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Read More About the You Count Campaign

Census 2020 – Pierce County Auditor’s Office

2020 Census to Make Sure ‘Everyone Gets Counted’ – Tacoma Weekly

Census Resources

Resources for Organizations

Washington Census Equity Fund – Philanthropy Northwest

Office of Financial Management (OFM) 

2020 Census Communications Toolkit

Resources for Individuals

Census 2020 Employment Opportunities – U.S. Census Bureau

To learn more about the You Count Campaign email Janece Levien