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Youth and Amateur Sports Grants (YASG)

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
in Eligible Areas for Sports and Recreation Initiatives

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King County Parks

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03/24/21 12:00 PM Noon


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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations, agencies, tribes, public schools, and park districts in eligible areas for capital projects and programs related to sports and recreation. Applicants must submit a letter of interest prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to increase youth physical activity and expand participation and access to facilities, parks, and programs. Funding is only available to organizations serving residents of King County.

Youth and Amateur Sports Grants (YASG) support fit and healthy communities by investing in programs and capital projects that increase access to physical activity.

Funding Opportunities:

  • Programs: Direct service program, coach training
  • Capital Projects: Renovations or new facilities
  • Unincorporated Areas: Programs and Projects
  • Activation: Support new programs and emerging organizations

Goals and Priorities of YSG 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

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.

Eligible expenses can be found on pages 5 and 6 of the Guidelines document. See Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140319

Number of Grants:

There are 6-8 grants available for each grant type.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Programs: $20,000 - $50,000
- Capital Projects/Facility: $25,000 - $250,000
- Unincorporated Areas: Programs: $20,000-$75,000; Projects: $15,000-$300,000
- Activation: $5,000-$15,000

Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded for up to an 18 month duration but can be requested for shorter durations.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding is only available to organizations serving residents of King County including non-profit organizations, public schools & districts, park districts, public agencies, tribes and tribal organizations, and fiscally sponsored community groups. A fiscal sponsor must be identified by a mutually signed letter attached to the Letter of Interest or Activation grant application. The fiscal agency letter must be signed by applicant and the executive director of the fiscal agent organization.

Pre-proposal Conference:

- Thursday, January 7, 2021: 10:30-11:30 a.m.

King County Parks will host an interactive virtual webinar on January 7 to share priorities of the funding and review the application and evaluation process. Attendees will be able to ask questions to receive clarification and a recording of the webinar will be posted to the Youth Sports Grants website.

King County Parks will be hosting an optional webinar info-session January 7th from 10:30-11:30 to review funding opportunities and program guidelines. Registration is required and the Zoom webinar link will be provided to registered attendees a day prior to the event. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the website after the event.

*Registration is required:

Pre-Application Information:

Grants will be awarded for up to an 18-month duration but can be requested for shorter durations. No matching funds are required, although additional funding support is encouraged.
- Program and Capital Project Grants Letters of Interest Available: January 4, 2021
- Activation Grant Applications Available: January 4, 2021
- Letters of Interest Due: January 27, 2021
- Activation Applications Due: January 27, 2021
- Activation Grant Decision Notification: March 2021
- Invitation to Apply to Full Application: March 2, 2021
- Full Application Due: March 24, 2021
- Notification of Grant Funding Decisions: Mid-May 2021

Letters of Interest are required for program and capital project grants.

Applicants will be notified by email of funding decisions.

Payment Schedule and Financial Records:
- Activation grants: Upon completion of the grant agreement, work plan, and initial site visit, grant funds will be released by submitting an invoice provided by the County. The amount disbursed will be identified in the work plan as a payment schedule. At the end of the program, grantee shall provide final documentation of expenses no more than 45 days of end of program identified in work plan.

- Program grants: Funds will be disbursed, at a minimum, through three payments across the duration of the program. Upon completion of the grant agreement, work plan, and initial site visit, organizations may initiate the disbursement of the initial payment by submitting an invoice provided by the County. Grantees must maintain all financial records including receipts to provide evidence of use of funds in alignment with work plan. To initiate the second payment, grantees will submit a second invoice along with documentation of expenses in the form of receipts, invoices, or payroll documents. Upon acceptance, the second disbursement of funds will be issued. The third payment is issued on a reimbursement basis. Again, grantees will submit a third invoice along with documentation of expenses in the form of receipts, invoices, or payroll documents. Grant Disbursements: Payment 1: 40% of grant | Payment 2: 40% of grant | Payment 3: 20% of grant

- Capital project grants: Grant funds will be released on a reimbursable basis as grantees reach project milestones or following project completion. Grantees shall submit an invoice, along with accompanying expense report and supporting documentation in order to receive payment.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit letter of interest and application:

For questions or technical support, contact Minerva Humphrie, Grant Administrator at (206) 263-5731 or

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