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King County renews grant opportunities for projects benefitting unincorporated areas

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Building on a successful program in 2012, King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced a new round of grant opportunities this year to encourage residents of Community Service Areas to become more connected in their neighborhoods.

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Building on a successful program in 2012, King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced a new round of grant opportunities this year to encourage residents of Community Service Areas to become more connected in their neighborhoods.

“In 2012, people across King County benefitted from great projects completed through this grant program, and in 2013 we want our unincorporated residents to continue to have the resources they need to improve their communities,” said Executive Constantine.

A total of $60,000 is available through the King County Community Service Area Program for projects, with grants of less than $5,000. Examples of projects that can be proposed are:

  • Newsletters that inform residents about important issues affecting the community;
  • Events such as concerts, festivals, and educational and safety events;
  • Neighborhood improvement projects such as tree planting, graffiti removal and clean-up;
  • Community-led planning or training; and
  • Signage 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 in the form of volunteer time, cash or in-kind services of the total project cost is required. Applicants are encouraged to contribute a match in the form of cash or in-kind services and include resources from project partners and contributors.  Applications will be due Friday, May 31.

Priority for funding will be given to locally-based community-led organizations in the unincorporated Community Service Areas that encourage collaborations and partnerships.

In 2012, 24 projects were funded throughout unincorporated King County, including:

  • Music in the Park at Cottage Lake.
  • National Night Out events in the Four Creeks area.
  • Help identifying community priorities in the Greater Maple Valley area.
  • Fall City community’s volunteer cleanup along the Snoqualmie River.
  • Neighborhood cleanup initiatives in West Hill and North Highline.
  • Bike and Walk initiative on Vashon Island.
  • Support for disaster readiness in the Snoqualmie Valley.

     

See more information about the 2013 application process, grant application workshop dates, and a list of the 2012 awardees

“We hope to build on last year’s success and get even more applicants this year,” said Alan Painter, Manager of the Community Service Area program.

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