The following is a press release from King County.
King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced 65 volunteer-led community events and projects that will be expanded in unincorporated communities with grants of up to $3,000 each.
The Community Service Area Grants will enhance projects and events, such as First Aid classes, local music events, salmon habitat restoration, emergency preparedness, purchase a refrigerator for a food bank and more.
“Volunteer-driven projects that refurbish playgrounds and pools, restore forest trails, and add street lights make our communities safer, more vibrant, and better connected,” said Executive Constantine. “Our investments will catalyze the work led by volunteers so it benefits more people throughout King County.”
The community groups successfully competed for a total of $90,000 in grants, which range between $290 and $3,000 each. Community organizations are required to match at least one quarter of the total project costs. The projects must be accessible to all residents, regardless of race, income, or language spoken.
A few examples of the projects that successfully competed for grant funding include:
- Helping Trilogy at Redmond Ridge restore a walking and equestrian trail.
- Purchasing a commercial-grade refrigerator for Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank.
- Helping Sammamish Valley Alliance preserve farmland.
- Helping Vashon Park District purchase a concert stage and tent for summer concerts in the park.
- Helping Si View Metropolitan Park District host a family-friendly concert series at Si View Park.
- Helping Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation provide youth leadership opportunities.
- Helping Vashon Maury Island Senior Center provides free tricycle rides for seniors who have limited mobility.
- Helping West Hill Community Association host outdoor movies and a Halloween Eve event.
- Helping Southwest Little League purchase new baseball bats.
- Helping Whitewater Aquatics Management in White Center replace the pool motor so the pool can be enjoyed by neighborhood kids.
The competitive grants will help community organizations in each of King County’s Community Service Areas: Southeast King County, Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County, Vashon-Maury Island, Bear Creek/Sammamish, Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain, Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River, and West King County.
“We received a record number of grant applications from across unincorporated King County and are pleased that we were able to fund a record number of the projects,” said Alan Painter, who manages King County’s Community Service Area Program. “Local residents showed they are creatively bringing their neighbors together with thoughtful and fun activities.”