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Executive awards 25 Community Service Area grants to projects in unincorporated areas

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Critical support in the unincorporated areas of King County for a food bank, a senior center, neighborhood events, clean-up campaigns, and youth organizations was announced today by King County Executive Dow Constantine.

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Critical support in the unincorporated areas of King County for a food bank, a senior center, neighborhood events, clean-up campaigns, and youth organizations was announced today by King County Executive Dow Constantine.

“Volunteers and non-profits in our unincorporated communities are pulling together to make their neighborhoods more caring, safe and fun, and I’m pleased to see how these grants can help support their work,” said Executive Constantine, in making 25 Community Engagement Grants through the Community Service Area program.

The grants for community enhancement range up to $5,000 each, with a required community match of at least one-fourth of the total project. Altogether, $60,000 will fund 25 projects throughout unincorporated King County.

The grants offer residents in the County’s seven Community Service Areas a chance to participate and be more connected in their unincorporated area communities. Activities must be accessible to all residents regardless of race, income, or language spoken. Examples of grant-funded projects include:

  • Music in the Park in Fairwood
  • Neighborhood clean-up and planting in the Four Creeks area
  • Bringing residents together to identify community priorities in the North Highline area
  • Fall City community’s volunteer cleanup along the Snoqualmie River
  • Support for food pantries in Hobart
  • Support for the senior center on Vashon Island
  • Continued support for disaster readiness in the Snoqualmie Valley.

“With so many quality applications to choose from this year, we selected projects of greatest immediate benefit to their communities,” said Alan Painter, manager of the Community Service Area Program. “We are moving up our application process for the next grant cycle to this fall, to keep interest up and to enable more communities to participate.”

More information on grant program and the Executive’s work to strengthen the County’s connection with unincorporated area residents can be found online.