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Since 1993 King County Parks’ Youth Sports Facilities Grant Program (YSFG) has been building new and renovating old youth sports facilities.  The YSFG program has awarded nearly 350 grants to cities, school districts, and non-profits to the tune of roughly $15,000,000. That’s a lot of zeros. That’s a lot of fields, sports courts, playgrounds, and skate parks. That’s a lot of kids exercising, having fun, and growing strong.

Good news. The Youth Sports Facilities Grant program has new funds made available in the 2017/2018 budget process, from existing revenue freed up by retiring the debt on the Kingdome funded by car rental taxes collected in King County.  In addition, the Council bonded against a portion of the future collections of the car rental taxes to pay for large capital projects in the near term.  The new program, called the Youth and Amateur Sports Fund (YASF) has four unique grant programs for capital and programming, still focused on youth, recreation, and athletics. Grants will range from $5,000 to $300,000.

What’s next? Staff will be developing a new online application, as well as developing new program guidelines. Staff will begin outreach later this spring to share information on the new program with a focus on soliciting grants for 2018.
Until then, if you have any questions, please feel to call or email.

Butch Lovelace, Program Manager