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Executive awards 36 grants that support grassroot efforts in unincorporated areas

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King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced 36 grants that will support grassroot projects and activities in unincorporated areas, such as summer music festivals, neighborhood cleanups and local food banks.

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King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced 36 grants that will support grassroot projects and activities in unincorporated areas, such as summer music festivals, neighborhood cleanups and local food banks.

The grants – which range up to $5,000 each for a total of $60,000 – support existing activities led by community organizations and are part of King County’s Community Service Area Program.

“Volunteers and neighborhood organizations are taking action to make their communities safer, cleaner, and more vibrant,” said Executive Constantine. “These grants will reinforce their grassroot efforts, which create a sense of community in our unincorporated areas.”

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:

• Neighborhood safety events in Four Creeks and Fairwood communities.
• Community festivals in White Center.
• Restoring the Music in the Park series in the Upper Bear Creek area.
• Ongoing river-related projects in Fall City.
• Reflective address signs for the Hobart community.
• Support for food banks in the Snoqualmie Valley and Vashon Island.
• Park planning for the Preston community.
• Youth support in West Hill, White Center and Enumclaw areas.

“This year’s 55 applications for Community Engagement Grants supporting unincorporated residents set a new record for community interest,” said Alan Painter, manager of the Community Service Area Program. “These proposals show the care that residents have for their neighborhoods.”

More information on the grant program and the Executive’s work to strengthen King County’s connection with unincorporated area residents can be found at http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/community-service-areas.aspx.