County awards grants to unincorporated areas, including White Center
$63,000 in King County grants will support a broad range of enhancements and communities from river clean-ups to neighborhood celebrations – including an annual Cambodian community festival in White Center.
A horse sanctuary, a senior center, neighborhood events, clean-up campaigns, and local youth groups are among 27 projects and organizations that will receive Community Engagement Grants through King County’s Community Service Area program.
The grants were announced Thursday (March 13) by King County Executive Dow Constantine, who said that the funds are aimed at leveraging the passion and commitment of unincorporated area residents that are making a difference in their communities.
“The strong sense of community in local projects like these is part of what makes King County such a great place to live,” said Executive Constantine. “These efforts create an important connection and result in facilities and events that enhance our neighborhoods.”
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, $63,000 will fund 27 projects throughout unincorporated King County.
The grants offer residents in the County’s seven Community Service Areas a chance to participate and be more connected in their unincorporated area communities. Activities must be accessible to all residents regardless of race, income, or language spoken. In addition to the Cambodian community festival, examples of grant-funded projects include:
- Neighborhood Safety Events in Four Creeks, south of Issaquah.
- Preservation of therapeutic horse services in Maple Valley.
- Youth Leadership development in the Snoqualmie Valley.
- Fall City community’s volunteer clean-up along the Snoqualmie River.
- Creation of a Tool Library on Vashon Island.
- Support for the Snoqualmie Valley Senior Center.
- Neighborhood celebrations and community building in Skyway, west of Renton.
“King County received a record 51 applications for Community Engagement Grants supporting unincorporated residents. These proposals show the spirit of collaboration and caring that infuses King County,” said Alan Painter, manager of the Community Service Area Program.
More information on grant program and the Executive’s work to strengthen the County’s connection with unincorporated area residents can be found at http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/community-service-areas.aspx.