King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the availability of Community Service Area grant funding for a wide variety of educational, cultural and environmental projects that will benefit residents of unincorporated areas.
“Community Service Area grants help people share in local art, enhance our forests and green spaces, and connect with neighbors young and old,” said Executive Constantine. “We are proud to support the youth and senior projects, movie and music nights, and neighborhood gatherings that help make King County such a great place to call home.”
A total of $90,000 in King County Community Service Area Program grant funding is available for projects costing less than $5,000. Project examples include:
Events, such as concerts, festivals, and educational and safety projects;
Neighborhood improvement projects, such as tree planting, graffiti removal and clean-up;
Community-led planning or training; and
Signs for a neighborhood or community.
Proposals should demonstrate how activities would be accessible to all unincorporated King County residents regardless of race, income, or language spoken.
A minimum match of 25 percent of the total project cost is required in the form of volunteer time, cash, or in-kind services. Applications are due Friday, Nov. 17.
Priority for funding will be given to local, community-led organizations in unincorporated King County that encourage collaborations and partnerships.
“I encourage everyone to get out to King County’s unincorporated neighborhoods and enjoy the great diversity of events and places available to all,” said Alan Painter, manager of King County’s unincorporated Community Service Area program. “Community Service Area grants support the energy and creativity we see year-round by our local residents.”
In the last six years, more than 200 projects have been funded throughout unincorporated King County, including:
Music and movie nights in local parks;
National Night Out events;
Support for local senior centers and food banks;
Investments in neighborhood tool libraries;
Community signage; and
Information about the 2018 application process and a list of previous awardees is available online at http://www.kingcounty.gov/initiatives/community-service-areas.aspx, or by contacting Marissa Alegria, 206-477-4523.