WaterWorks Grant Program
Sound investments in clean water and community
King County Wastewater Treatment Division's (WTD's) mission is to protect public health and enhance the environment by collecting and treating wastewater while recycling valuable resources for the Puget Sound region.
The purpose of the WaterWorks Grant Program is to support sound investments in clean water and the community. WaterWorks provides funding to organizations for projects that create a benefit to or improvement of water quality within WTD’s service area and benefit its ratepayers.
Non-profits, schools and educational institutions, cities, counties, tribes, and special purpose districts are eligible to apply, and partnerships are encouraged. Community involvement and support are key evaluation criteria, in addition to water quality benefits. The Wastewater Treatment Division welcomes proposals that meet the King County Executive’s Equity and Social Justice Initiative.
In 2016, approximately $850,000 of funding will be available for projects. Applicants can request funding from $25,000—$250,000.
In April 2015, the King County Council passed Ordinance 18031 establishing the grant award criteria and process for the WaterWorks Grant Program. The ordinance authorized the release of $2 million over the 2015-2016 biennium. In March 2016, the King County Council passed Ordinance 18261 amending the grant award process.
This amount represents 0.75 percent of the annual King County Wastewater Treatment Division operating budget, which may be allocated for projects benefiting water quality in the regional WTD service area.
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In addition to WaterWorks grants, water quality project funding is available through King County Council allocated funding. For more information, contact your councilmember.
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