Youth and Amateur Sports Grants Program
Youth and Amateur Sports Grants (YASG) support fit and healthy communities by investing in programs and capital projects that increase access to physical activity.
Goals and Priorities of YASG investments:
- Increase youth access to and participation in quality physical activity programs, facilities, and parks
- Reach priority populations of low-income youth, youth of color, immigrant and refugee youth, youth with disabilities, and unincorporated area residents
- Improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities in low-income communities
The program is funded and sustained through a 1 percent car-rental tax authorized by the Legislature in 1993. Funds can only be used for programs or capital projects that increase access to health-enhancing physical activities.
Why We Invest in Youth Sports
Physical activity is vital to youth development, physical health, mental health, and social emotional learning, and is also associated with better educational outcomes. The Center for Disease Control recommends that youth get at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily to stay healthy. However, only 19% of youth in King County meet this recommendation according to the Healthy Youth Survey.
Disparities in access to physical activity and health outcomes are evident by race, place, and income. By investing in organizations and agencies serving low-income youth and youth of color King County Parks is working to increase youth access to and participation in physical activity.
King County Parks awarded 36 grants totaling $2.4 million for projects ranging from free soccer programs for immigrant youth and athletic programs for urban native youth to pool repairs and ballfield improvements. Some 200 applicants submitted applications this cycle, requesting more than $13 million in support.
We're proud to partner with these organizations through our 2018 and 2019 grant cycles.
Upcoming Grant Cycle
We anticipate another round of grants to be available January 2020. Stay tuned and make sure to sign up for email updates to receive RFP notices.
Resources for Grantees
Visit this link for more information on grantee resources.