King County Community Service Area grants for District 9 were announced today by Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn. Serenity Equine and The Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council (GMVUAC) were both recipients. Both organizations are located in the Greater Maple Valley area and within the Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council in King County.
“These grants provide much needed funding for community oriented organizations in Unincorporated King County,” said Dunn. “I am very pleased to see this grant money go to such worthy organizations as Serenity Equine Rescue and The Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council.”
Serenity Equine was awarded a $3,500 grant. Serenity has rescued over 125 horses with the goal of rehabilitating and caring for and placing the rescued horses into loving homes. The grant will be used for much needed horse barn renovations.
“Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation is so grateful to Reagan Dunn and King County for support in obtaining $3,500 from the Community Service Area grant program,” said Patricia Clark, Owner and Operator of Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation. “Serenity has rescued and rehabilitated over 125 horses and successfully placed 97 of them into permanent loving homes. The grant will be used for a much needed horse barn renovation so we can take the best care of our current rescues.”
The Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council received $2,000 to help with their annual community model train show. The show is a popular event and draws many viewers from the community.
“The GMVUAC appreciates the support from the CSA for the Maple Valley Operating Model Train Show,” said Steve Hiester, President of the GMVUAC. “It is a very unique and popular family event in our community. The train show is held on the third weekend in the month of October.”
The King County Community Service Areas (CSA) offer expanded ways for the County to engage with the 255,000 county residents who live outside city boundaries. There are more than 70,000 residents of Council District 9 living in CSAs.
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 was awarded for projects in 2014.
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 www.kingcounty.gov/exec/community-service-areas.aspx
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