StoryMetropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn today announced that the Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council and the Community Alliance to Reach Out/Engage (CARE) near Renton inside King County Council District 9 were selected to receive a Community Service Area (CSA) Grant.
“The Community Service Area program—and specifically these grants—are a valuable resource for the volunteer activities these community organizations do for our community,” said Dunn, who represents District 9.
The Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council was awarded $2000 to help aid with their ongoing mapping program. This grant will specifically aid with the agricultural mapping that the Four Creeks UAC is working on in conjunction with Green River Community College students.
“The Four Creeks Council is pleased to receive this grant that allows the UAC to work with the community and the County to provide services, citizen participation and to support educational activities.” said Pete Eberle, President Four Creeks UAC.
The Community Alliance to Reach Out/Engage (CARE) was awarded $1,500 to help with community upkeep including planting and landscaping, signage upkeep as well as some mapping for their community.
“CARE is so excited about this grant! We will be able continue to build on the great work we do with our partners, King County Department of Natural Resources and the Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council, through our joint Memorandum of Understanding for stewardship of the Cemetery Pond, Tributary 291 and Coalfield Park,” said Gwendolyn High, President of CARE. “With the matching contributions we bring to this public-community partnership, we get more work done while still saving taxpayer dollars.”
The King County Community Service Areas (CSA) offer expanded ways for the County to engage with the 255,000 residents who live outside city boundaries, of which over 70,000 reside in King County Council District 9.
The grant programs within the CSA’s are available through a competitive application process. The grants must be used to fund community projects that offer unincorporated area residents in the Community Service Areas an opportunity to participate and be more connected in their communities. A total of $60,000 will be reimbursed for projects in 2013.
If you live in an unincorporated community and are interested in learning more about the CSA program and how to apply for future grant opportunities please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/community-service-areas.aspx