Green Grants for Lower Duwamish air and water quality improvements
Duwamish River Basin Grant Area
Grant funding is available for projects that help protect public health and the environment in communities surrounding the Lower Duwamish Watershed. Community and neighborhood groups, individuals, non-profits, tribes, local governments, schools, and businesses are invited to apply for grants.
This funding is available for projects that align with King County Wastewater Treatment Division's goals to control combined sewer overflows, enhance air quality, curb new and ongoing sources of pollution, and make improvements to water quality and the environment of communities in the Lower Duwamish. Past projects have included roadside rain gardens, stormwater outreach, an art installation that measures air quality, and wetland restoration. It is our hope that the grants will promote partnerships and provide small-scale environmental and economic opportunities in the Duwamish.
Grant Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2015. Staff are available to answer your questions at GreenGrants@kingcounty.gov or by telephone at 206-477-4641.
The total funding available is $100,980. There is no minimum grant award and the maximum award will be $50,000 per applicant. Projects must be located within the Duwamish Water Quality Grant Area.
- Cooperative projects with neighborhood groups or businesses that involve the community in solutions for a better environment for the Lower Duwamish;
- Green stormwater controls and practices that help prevent polluted runoff from entering local waterways (rain gardens, tree boxes, cisterns, permeable pavement);
- Education and outreach campaigns about air and water quality goals;
- Air quality improvements that help reduce air pollution; and
- Projects that identify and mitigate impacts to the Lower Duwamish from climate change.
The following criteria will be used to guide the decision about whether to fund a proposal:
Project Technical Merit (50 pts; 41 pt minimum required):
- Project leads to direct improvement in air or water quality.
Community Support (20 pts; 17 pt minimum required):
- The project improves community participation and support for the project.
Project Certainty of Success (30 pts; 25 pt minimum required):
- The project is important to do now; and
- The applicant demonstrates they are capable of implementing the proposal.
Bonus points may also be awarded for proposals that address the following:
Air Quality (up to 10 extra points):
- The proposal addresses air quality projects or activities.
Equity and Social Justice (up to 5 extra points):
Matching Funds (up to 5 extra points):
- The proposal has matching funds or leverages other resources.
Requests should be consistent with the following policies:
- Grants are within the designated funding amounts and have a high certainty of success:
Proposals for monitoring projects must demonstrate that all owners and local governmental authorities of monitoring sites have agreed to the monitoring effort proposed, and that the monitoring is needed and not duplicating other efforts.
The projects must not be required as mitigation for other activities.
- Targeted and preferred projects are small water quality or habitat restoration projects; and
- Projects should be able to be completed with the grant award or in combination with other funds.
Who can apply
For all grant programs, the applicants must be one of the following:
- Community and neighborhood groups;
- Non-profit organizations;
- Local governments;
- Schools; and
- Businesses (encouraged to partner with non-profit organizations).
Community and neighborhood groups, as well as individuals, are encouraged to pursue partnerships with non-profit organizations or other qualified applicants as fiscal sponsors.
How we will evaluate your proposal
These grants will be selected and administered by King County Wastewater Treatment Division. Your proposal will be evaluated using the criteria and grant policies listed above. Your proposal must score at least the minimum points per criterion to be eligible for funding.
Information about other projects and programs underway or planned in the Watershed can be found in the Duwamish River Cleanup Plan. This information will serve as a guide as you develop your proposal, may give you ideas that improve your proposal, and may help suggest opportunities for cooperation. Scientific information that may help you develop a scientifically-sound proposal can be found in the King County CSO Control Plan.
How to apply
If you are interested in submitting a grant for consideration, please e-mail a copy of the grant application and supporting documentation to GreenGrants@kingcounty.gov. Proposals submitted by email must be less than 10MB (megabytes).
Be sure to include in your project description the following items:
- The project or program scope, budget (including any leveraged funds) and proposed schedule;
- Description of water and air quality improvements that will result;
- Review of the community support expressed for the project; and
- Description of your certainty that the project will be successful.
To apply for Green Grants for Lower Duwamish Air and Water Quality Improvements, please use the Air and Water Quality Grant Application (MS Word).