King Conservation District (KCD) and City of Seattle
Grants of up to $75,000 to Seattle, Washington nonprofits and tribal agencies to protect natural resources and promote environmental equity in the area. LOIs are due May 7. Funding is intended to support education and outreach, capacity building, pilot or demonstration projects, and direct improvement of natural resource conditions.
The 2018 King Conservation District (KCD)-Seattle Community Partnership Grant Program aims to advance the City of Seattle and KCD’s natural resource priorities as well as the goals of the City of Seattle’s Equity and Environment Initiative (EE Initiative). Projects are required to meet at least one Natural Resource Improvement Action Category and at least one goal of the EE Initiative.
The City’s EE Initiative provides a blueprint to advance environmental equity in Seattle. A core component of the EE Initiative is focused on creating programs where communities most affected by the combined impacts of environmental injustice and systemic racism have equitable access, accountability, and decision-making power in environmental policies, programs, and services. This includes communities of color, immigrants and refugees, people with low-incomes, youth, and limited-English proficiency individuals (EEI Populations). This funding opportunity seeks projects that are led by or are in deep partnership with organizations led by EEI populations and/or that support the leadership of EEI populations.
The KCD-Seattle Community Partnership Grant Program is looking for natural resource improvement projects that focus on managing stormwater with green infrastructure; protecting and restoring creeks, shorelines, and wetlands; building healthy soil; supporting the urban forest; supporting a sustainable local food system; and supporting a strong, healthy, and natural ecosystem.
This grant program supports the following Natural Resource Improvement Action Categories:
- Direct Improvement of Natural Resource Conditions – to improve landscape and natural conditions as a result of direct action that enhances water quality, protects and conserves soils, implements ecosystem restoration and preservation projects.
- Education and Outreach – to raise awareness, deepen knowledge, and change behaviors of residents, landowners, and other land managers and organizations to practice exemplary stewardship of natural resources.
- Pilot and Demonstration Projects – to test and/or improve concepts and/or approaches in natural resource management that can be replicated by others.
- Capacity Building – to enhance the ability of organizations, agencies, residential landowners and other landowners and managers to have the knowledge, skills, tools, support systems, partnerships, community connections, and technical resources to implement exemplary best management practices and deliver natural resource management actions equitably.
Equity and Environment Agenda Goals:
Healthy Environments for All: Seattle ensures clean, healthy, resilient, and safe environments in the places where communities of color, immigrants, refugees, people with low-incomes, youth, and limited-English proficient individuals live, learn, work, and play.
Projects should consider ways to:
- Leverage community assets; address cumulative impacts of multiple environmental hazards and racial burdens;
- Prepare communities to adapt to climate change;
- Utilize environmental solutions to creatively address historic and ongoing inequities in access to and quality of green spaces and fresh, healthy, culturally appropriate food while minimizing displacement.
Jobs, Local Economies, & Youth Pathways: Communities of color, immigrants, refugees, people with low-incomes, youth and limited-English proficiency individuals have pathways out of poverty through green careers, including careers related to environmental policy and program development.
Projects should consider ways to:
- Invest in young workers and create youth pathways.
- Prioritize local hires and small businesses, and create local, living-wage economies
- Develop career skills for youth through engagement activities
- Directly invest in EEI-owned businesses and their employees
Environmental Narrative and Community Leadership: The environmental movement is led by and centered on the stories and experiences of communities of color, immigrants, refugees, people with low incomes, youth and limited English–proficiency individuals.
Projects should consider ways to:
- Invest directly in the community, support community leaders, lift up existing culturally appropriate environmental practices, and leverage the creativity of residents to find solutions.
- Support the growth of a stronger ecosystem of environmental justice leadership and collaboration between organizations by investing directly in community leaders
- Partner with EEI populations to create and connect stories and culturally relevant environmental experiences into project or policy creation
- Connect to cultural anchors and culturally-important places in ways that enhances those places and delivers environmental, social and economic benefits
GrantWatch ID#: 143095
All applicants are limited to a per application cap of $75,000.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply Online: https://www.grantinterface.com/kingcd/Common/LogOn.aspx
If you have questions about how to integrate the goals of the EE Agenda into you project, contact:
For questions about eligible expenses and other application details, contact:
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