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Community Service Areas

King County, Washington

For more information about King County's Community Service Areas, please contact Alan Painter, Manager.
Tel: 206-477-4521
TTY: 711

Community engagement grants
King County Community Service Areas

The Community Service Area program is currently soliciting applications from community members throughout unincorporated King County for 2014. Funding is available to promote the involvement of local residents in community or civic activities. Apply now. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.

Background

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Community volunteers restored planter bed in White Center, funded with support of Community Service Area grant program. Next round of Grant applications due May 31.

To implement the public engagement goal contained in the King County Strategic Plan to “promote robust public engagement that informs, involves and empowers people and communities” in unincorporated King County.

Purpose

The purpose of the Community Engagement Grants is to fund community projects that offer unincorporated area residents in the Community Service Areas an opportunity to participate and be more connected in their communities. Funded projects must demonstrate how activities are accessible to all residents regardless of race, income, or language spoken.

Funds available

A total of $60,000 will be reimbursed for projects in 2014. The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Community Service Areas Program will provide funds to selected projects through a letter of award. Amounts will be limited to less than $5,000 per project.

Funding priorities

Community Engagement Grants will support activities that advance the King County Strategic Plan and achieve one of the following goals:

  • Promote the engagement of local residents in community or civic activities
  • Educate local residents about issues impacting them
  • Implement a community enhancement project

Project examples

  • Community events such as concerts, festivals, educational/safety
  • Community enhancement projects such as tree planting, graffiti removal and neighborhood clean-up.
  • Community-led planning or training.
  • Community or neighborhood signage.

Selection criteria

  • Priority will be given to a project that is one time or time limited in scope; ready to be implemented and will be completed in 2014.
  • Project clearly addresses one or more of the Funding Priority Goals stated for the Community Service Area Grants.
  • Project location and target population are within the unincorporated Community Service Areas and are free and open to all members of the general public within unincorporated King County and provides a public benefit.
  • Project objectives and activities encourage community engagement and high community participation.
  • Project has identified clear outcomes or results and a specific work plan to achieve them.
  • Project has a viable plan for continued support and maintenance.
  • Project demonstrates community support based on the level of support provided by and community connection of the project partners.
  • Project budget is realistic and achievable and the funding request is specific and attributable to the project.
  • Project match is at least 25% of total project budget.
  • Geographic distribution of funds will be considered.

Match

A minimum match of 25% of the total project cost is required. Match can be in the form of volunteer time, cash or other forms of in-kind services and other resources from project partners and contributors.

Eligible applicants

Locally-based community-led organizations in the unincorporated Community Service Areas and organizations based within a city but serve unincorporated area residents that encourage collaborations and partnerships in unincorporated King County.

Applicant status

If your organization is not incorporated, you must designate a fiscal sponsor. Partnership with local non-profits is encouraged. Please contact the CSA grant Staff lead identified below for guidance and support.

Community Service Area description

Bear Creek/Sammamish Area – Western boundary is the urban growth line near Woodinville, the northern boundary is the King-Snohomish County line. The east and south boundaries follow the watershed ridge line. This CSA contains the Sammamish Agricultural Production District.

Snoqualmie Valley/NE King County Area – Western boundaries are the ridge line of the Bear Creek CSA and the urban growth line. Southern boundaries are the watershed line, forest production district and I-90. Northern boundary is the county boundary with Snohomish County. This CSA contains the Snoqualmie Agriculture Production District and a portion of the Forest Production District.

Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area – The western and northern boundaries are the urban growth line, I-90 and the Forest Production District boundary (joint boundary with Snoqualmie Valley/NE KC Area). The eastern and southern boundary is the Tahoma School District boundary (joint boundary with Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River CSA).

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River – The western boundary is the urban growth line, north boundary is the watershed line, forest production district boundary and I-90 (Snoqualmie Valley CSA). The eastern boundary is the county boundary with Kittitas County; the southern boundary is the watershed line (SE KC CSA). This CSA contains portions of the Forest Production District.

SE King County Area – The western boundary is the urban growth boundary, the northern boundaries are the urban growth and the watershed line (Greater Maple Valley CSA). Boundaries to the east are Kittitas County and to the south is the Pierce County line. This CSA contains the Lower Green, Middle Green, and Enumclaw Agriculture Production Districts and a portion of the Forest Production District.

Vashon/Maury Island Area – Vashon-Maury Island is bounded by and located in Puget Sound.

West King County Areas – This CSA contains the remaining urban unincorporated potential annexation areas located throughout West King County. All of these areas are either bounded by existing cities or the urban growth boundary. The identified major potential annexation areas include: North Highline, West Hill, East Federal Way, Fairwood, East Renton and Klahanie.

Application deadline

Applications are due Friday, January 10, 2014 by 5 p.m.

Please use the King County Community Service Areas Grant Program Application Template (66 KB MS Word Doc) for your application.

Please send electronically to: Marissa.alegria@kingcounty.gov y 5 p.m. on January 10, 2014 or be received at the following address by 5 p.m. on January 10, 2014:

Dept. of Natural Resources and Parks, Director’s Office ATTN: Marissa Alegria
201 South Jackson Street, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98104

A complete list of selected projects is available online.

CSA Staff will be available to respond to questions in person regarding the CSA Grant Application at the following location and time:

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 2-5pm
    King Street Center, 8th Floor Conference Room 8-E
    201 South Jackson Street
    Seattle, WA 98104
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 9 am-12 pm
    King Street Center, 8th Floor Conference Room 8-E
    201 South Jackson Street
    Seattle, WA 98104

Marissa Alegria is also available to answer questions directly by phone at 206-477-4523 or by setting up an appointment. A complete list of selected projects will be available online.

Project Completion

Projects must be completed within 12 months.

Allowed Costs

Allowed costs include reasonable expenses that are directly attributable and clearly needed for the project, and are outlined in the project budget.

King County reserves the right to determine the nature and manner in which cost items will be paid for in any grant.

Reporting Requirements

Grantees will report on their project results using a format provided by King County. Project results will be published in a report which will be available online.

The project applicant is responsible for the following:

  • Establish a record keeping system which includes a breakdown of cash and in-kind contributions as well as grant funds and retain these records for three years after the project is completed.
  • Demonstrate that the outcomes and measures defined for project success were met.
  • Acknowledge King County contribution to event or project.
  • Tax reporting is the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information, please contact Marissa Alegria 206-477-4523 / TTY 711.