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King County Executive announces new round of grants for projects in unincorporated areas

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A sixth year of grant funding for unincorporated King County residents was announced today by Executive Dow Constantine, who thanked past grant recipients for their work in building stronger communities.

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King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced the sixth year of Community Service Area grant funding for residents of unincorporated areas, and thanked past grant recipients for their work to improve communities.

“The Community Service Area grants help build strong communities through creative projects,” said Executive Constantine. “We’re proud to support the neighborhood clean-ups, movie nights and youth projects that make King County such a great place to call home.”

A total of $60,000 in King County Community Service Area Program grant funding is available for projects costing less than $5,000. Project examples include:

• Events, such as concerts, festivals, and educational and safety projects;
• Neighborhood improvement projects, such as tree planting, graffiti removal and clean-up;
• Community-led planning or training; and
• Signs 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. Applications are due Friday, Nov. 18.

Priority for funding will be given to locally based, community-led organizations in unincorporated King County that encourage collaborations and partnerships.

“King County’s unincorporated neighborhoods are great places to live, and projects funded through this grant program demonstrate how local residents support and have fun together,” said Alan Painter, manager of King County’s unincorporated Community Service Area program.

In the last five years, 160 projects have been funded throughout unincorporated King County, including:

• Music and Movie nights in local parks;
• National Night Out events;
• Support for local senior centers and food banks;
• Investments in local tool libraries;
• Neighborhood cleanup initiatives;
• Community signage; and
• Youth projects.

Information about the 2017 application process, and a list of the 2016 and previous year awardees is available online, or by contacting Marissa Alegria, 206-477-4523.