ICAP LAUnch Cohort 1

Underserved communities

Who is Cohort 1 for:  Organizations located in underserved communities (rural areas and / or Persistent Poverty Communities ), supporting communities and industries that may not have naturally occurring ecosystems nor current capacity for local innovation cluster leadership.

Detailed information and eligibility requirements to be provided in the Request for Proposal, linked below.


How to apply:  Commerce will conduct a low barrier competitive application process to select Four Cohort 1 organizations to receive up to a $50,000 capacity building contract to support their participation in the Launch program. Note that   this funding is intended to augment capacity and will not cover all costs and time spent by the organization and their partners involved in the work.



Step 1:

Review the Request for Proposal (RFP).

The RFP was posted to WEBS (wa.gov) on 2/17/23. WEBS is the state procurement portal that requires registration.  It’s available on the Contracting with Commerce – Washington Department of Commerce page and here. To view the amendments please visit the following links: Amendment 1, Amendment 2, Amendment 3.

To view the Q&A please click here



Step 2:

Visit the Resources Page for a variety of information to learn more about innovation clusters.



Step 3:

Attend an in person or virtual pre-proposal conference: 2/27/23 at 2:00 p.m. Registration is required at this link: Meeting Registration – Zoom.

Here is the link to the recording. The code is K65+=QK0

3/1/23 at 12:00 p.m. in Yakima, WA at the Chamber of Commerce Building, 10 North 9th Street, Yakima, WA 98901.
Registration is required at this link:
Meeting Registration – Yakima

3/2/23 at 9:30 a.m. in Okanogan, WA at the OK Sheriff’s Office, Conference Room, 123 5th Ave North, 2nd Floor. Registration is required at this link:
Meeting Registration-Okanogan County

3/6/23 at 1 p.m. in Port Angeles, WA at the Public Meeting Room, 338 W. First St., Port Angeles, WA 98362. Registration is required at this link: Registration for Port Angeles In-Person LaunchPre-Proposal Conference (smartsheet.com)

3/21/23 at 2:00 p.m. Registration is required at this link: Meeting Registration – Zoom

Note: a 3rd in person pre-proposal conference will be added soon. 



Step 4:

Submit your application following the instructions in the RFP. Due date April 3.