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Grants to Washington Nonprofits to Promote Equal Access to Youth Sports and Recreation Opportunities in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Youth Sports and Outdoor Recreation Relief Fund

King County Parks (KCP) and King County Play Equity Coalition

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #140319

Grant Description

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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations in eligible areas to increase equal access to sports and recreation opportunities for underserved youth in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended to increase youth access to and participation in high-quality physical activity programs, improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities, and reach priority populations. Eligible applicants provide programs and facilities that support youth access to physical activity in King County.

King County Parks (KCP) has partnered with the King County Play Equity Coalition in this community centered participatory grantmaking process to design, develop, and implement this Youth Sports & Outdoor Recreation Relief Fund program to distribute federal Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery (CLFR) funding to nonprofit organizations providing programs and facilities that support youth access to physical activity. King County Parks will administer a one-time investment to organizations most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic who serve youth furthest from play equity.

Program Goals

  • 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

For Priorities and Rating Criteria, see page 7 of the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

There are 3 types of funding available related to providing opportunities for youth to be physically active:

  1.  Financial Impact
    • Purpose: Support economic recovery for nonprofit organizations or groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)
  2. Youth Sports & Recreation Programming to Priority Youth in K-12 
    • Purpose: To fund organizations providing physical activity opportunities to youth experiencing loss of opportunity as a result of the pandemic
    • Applicants must demonstrate proposed programming addresses the impact of significant loss of time / access to physical activity instruction that students in the program experienced due to COVID-19.
  3. Capital Projects
    • Purpose: Support 501c3 organizations proposing new construction or renovations to recreation facilities used for youth sports/ recreation programming for K-12 students
    • Applicants must demonstrate project addresses the impact of significant loss of time / access to physical activity instruction that students accessing the project experienced due to COVID-19
    • The facility will be used for sports/recreation programming for youth & available to the public, and any usage fees will be no greater than those generally charged by operators of similar facilities in King County

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This relief funding is only available to nonprofit organizations or groups fiscally sponsored by a nonprofit organization.

Financial Impact Applicants must have provided youth sports/recreation programming in King County prior to March 2020.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Virtual Webinar Information Sessions:

April 27th at 10:30am - Fund Overview
To join click: Passcode: playequity
Or Call: (253) 215- 8782 ID: 842 2507 9325

May 3rd at 6pm - Fund Overview
To join click: Passcode: playequity
Or Call: (253) 215 – 8782 ID: 823 7582 9223

May 4th at 2pm – Online Application Tutorial
To join: Passcode: playequity
Or Call (253) 215-8782 ID: 831 7486 7970

Webinars will be recorded and posted to the website.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications Due on May 20th at 5 p.m.

Applications Open: April 25 at 9 a.m.
Info Session via Webinar: April 27 at 10:30 a.m. & May 3 at 6 p.m.
Applications Due: May 20 at 5 p.m.
Evaluation by Community Reviewers: June
Coalition Recommendations Submitted: July
Notice of Funding Decisions: August
Contract Agreement Negotiation: September
Funding Distributed: Varies by type
Training & Capacity Building: September and Ongoing

Program overview webinar:

Online application tutorial:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Additional Geographic Information:

Capital Projects must be located in Qualified Census Tracts. Utilize interactive map to determine eligibility
to apply by inputting project address:

Term of Contract:

The contract term will be from September 2022 through December 2024. Funds may be utilized for costs incurred during the period beginning March 3, 2021 ending December 31, 2024. A cost is considered “incurred” for these purposes if the recipient has incurred an obligation with respect to such cost, such as a purchase order or contract, by December 31, 2024.

Capital Projects: Organization must complete project by December 31, 2024

Contact Information:

Apply online:

If you would like support during the application process, please reach out to the following staff based on the area you would like support with:

Navigating the online grant application platform:
Minerva Humphrie
(206) 263-5731

Capital Project Eligibility and/or documentation:
Butch Lovelace
(206) 477-4577

Program Eligibility, Data, Budgets, Process, Documentation and / or Translation / Language Access:
Sarah Margeson
(206) 263-5852

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