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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



Community volunteers restored planter bed in White Center, funded with support of Community Service Area grant program.

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.


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 2016. The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Community Service Areas Program will provide funds to selected projects through a letter of award and Memorandum of Agreement. Amounts will be limited to less than $5,000 per project.

Funding priority goals

Community Engagement Grants will support projects 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
  • Meet King County's equity and social justice goals of increasing fairness and opportunity for all people, particularly for people of color, low income communities and people with limited English proficiency.

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.
  • Neighborhood or community 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 2016.
  • 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 demonstrates how activities are accessible to all residents regardless of race, income, or language spoken.
  • 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 outreach and support.
  • 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.


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.

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.

Other Requirements

Funded projects may be asked to participate and/or attend the annual CSA Open House held in the project area.

Funded projects must acknowledge King County contribution to event or project.

Document that the outcomes and measures defined for project success were met.

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.
  • Tax reporting is the responsibility of the applicant.

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

*Final funding availability is continent on approval of the 2015-2016 King County Budget