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DNRP
Nov. 14, 2012

$60,000 in grants for services from neighborhood cleanups to disaster readiness

Executive awards 24 Community Service Area grants to projects in unincorporated areas

Local actions for neighborhood cleanup, disaster preparedness and tourism promotion in the unincorporated areas of King County will be made possible through 24 Community Engagement Grants announced today by King County Executive Dow Constantine.

“Each of these two dozen projects has the support of people working to enhance the life of their communities, for the benefit of all their neighbors,” said Executive Constantine.

Each grant for community enhancement work is for less than $5,000, with a minimum community match of 25 percent of the total project. Altogether, $60,000 will fund 24 projects throughout unincorporated King County.

The Community Engagement 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.

The projects include:

• 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.

“We had a great mix of applications this year, and I hope we can broaden the field of applicants even more next year,” said Alan Painter, manager of the Community Service Area Program, which is administering the grants.

For the complete list of grant awards, visit http://1.usa.gov/W6cnubFor more information on the Executive’s work to strengthen the County’s connection with unincorporated area residents, visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/community-service-areas.aspx.