Playgrounds, movie and music nights, youth activities, river clean up days, farmers markets and neighborhood safety events are among the 41 community projects that will be funded through Community Service Area grants announced by Executive Constantine.
Developing local playgrounds, fostering neighborhood associations, supporting youth groups and activities, maintaining popular movie and music nights, and extending the reach of farmers markets are among 41 projects that will receive Community Engagement Grants through King County’s Community Service Area Program.
The grants were announced today by King County Executive Dow Constantine, who said that the funds will leverage local volunteer efforts by unincorporated area residents who make a difference where they live.
"These grants strengthen community bonds by supporting projects such as new play equipment in Hobart, helmets for Little Leaguers in White Center, a working refrigerator for the Federal Way Senior Center, and home safety initiatives throughout the county,” said Executive Constantine.
The grants for community enhancement range up to $5,000 each, with a required community match of at least one-fourth of the total project. Altogether, $60,000 has been awarded to projects throughout unincorporated King County.
The grants offer residents in the county’s seven Community Service Areas the ability to participate and be more connected in their unincorporated area communities. Grant-funded activities must be accessible to all residents regardless of race, income, or language spoken. Examples of the grant-funded projects include:
- Playgrounds in Hobart and the Snoqualmie Valley
- Neighborhood safety events in Four Creeks, Fairwood, and White Center
- Community celebrations on Vashon Island
- Renewed movie and music nights in Skyway and Upper Bear Creek
- River cleanup projects in Fall City
- Neighborhood reflective safety signs in Green Valley and Four Creeks
- Support for senior centers in the Snoqualmie Valley and Federal Way
- Moving the Preston Mill community park plan forward
- Support for farmers markets in the Snoqualmie Valley.
“The increased request for these grants each year is a reflection of the many creative ways King County’s unincorporated residents support each other,” said Alan Painter, manager of the Community Service Area Program.
A list of all the awardees and more information on the grant program and the Executive’s work to strengthen King County’s connection with unincorporated area residents can be found on the King County Community Service Areas website.