July 27, 2012
King County Executive offers grant opportunities in unincorporated areas
Total of $60,000 in grants for projects in 2012
King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced grant opportunities to encourage residents of Community Service Areas to become more connected within their neighborhoods.
“These one-time grants are aimed at helping enhance communication, improve neighborhoods and bring new amenities to the residents of unincorporated King County,” said Executive Constantine.
A total of $60,000 is available through the King County Community Service Areas Program for projects in 2012, with one-time project 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 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.
Priority for funding will be given to locally-based community-led organizations in the unincorporated Community Service Areas that encourage collaborations and partnerships in unincorporated King County.
The grant announcement is the latest in a series of steps that Executive Constantine has proposed to strengthen the County’s connection with unincorporated area residents.
Earlier this month, the Executive proposed legislation that would:
- Define the boundaries for seven Community Service Areas for unincorporated area residents that will serve as the foundation for participation, engagement and access to County programs and services. The service area boundaries were developed after extensive outreach and engagement with community stakeholders.
- Expand the neighborhoods in King County where county staff will be engaged in outreach and community engagement.
- Broaden the pool of County residents eligible for recruitment and participation in King County initiatives and committees.
More information on the Executive’s proposal is at