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Grants to Seattle, Washington Nonprofits and Tribal
Agencies for Environmental Equity and Stewardship

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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

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GrantWatch ID#: 143095

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All applicants are limited to a per application cap of $75,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Established nonprofit and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status must apply with a fiscal sponsor.

Projects must be within the boundaries of the King Conservation District, Seattle City limits, or pre-approved locations that are outside City limits, such as unincorporated areas of Seattle or other Seattle-owned properties.

Projects inside the city limits of Federal Way, Enumclaw, Milton, Skykomish and Pacific are not eligible to receive KCD funding.

If equipment is part of your grant request, the equipment must be directly related to the project activities. Examples of equipment items that are ineligible for funding include computer equipment such as laptops, desktops, tablets, cellular and land-line telephones, and other office equipment as determined. Please check with KCD in advance of requesting funding for equipment.

Projects and activities that are ineligible for funding in 2018:
- Films, videos, or art focused activities.
- Acquisition of real property/land.
- Maintenance of existing facilities, improvements to non-natural areas of parks or existing recreational facilities, such as park benches, shelters, and sidewalks.
- Projects that are duplicative of and not coordinated with similar efforts
- Phase 2 projects and/or ongoing programs that are not identified as the next phase of a previously funded project; or that have overlapping timelines with Phase 1 or in which Phase 1 has not been completed and/or final reporting has not been submitted;
- If a program was previously funded by a KCD grant, the application for the continuation of the program must contain information on the accomplishments of that previously funded program along with a justification for the request for additional funding. Information on other funding sources for this program must be included in the application budget.
- Projects with an intellectual property connection, personal, or commercial monetary advancement of a company, organization or individual where outcomes of the project will not be accessible by the public.
- Projects that pay for City of Seattle staff time.
- Certain disposable supplies or "giveaways" such as erasers, straws, stickers and other disposable toys are not eligible expenses.

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Pre-Application Information:

The grant round will include a two-step online application process. The first step is the submittal of a Letter of Intent. The second step is to submit an application, if invited.

Letters of Intent must be submitted by 5:00 PM on May 7, 2018.


- Funding opportunity released: March 23, 2018
- Information session 1 (webinar): April 9, 2018
- Information session 2 (in-person): April 17, 2018
- Letter of Intent deadline: May 7, 2018
- Invitation to submit full proposal: May 31, 2018
- Full proposal deadline: July 3, 2018
- Planned award notification: October 17, 2018
- Contracting begins for projects starting in 2019: November 2018

Applications for projects on City of Seattle owned property such as parks and/or rights-of-way must include a letter of support from that department at the time the full proposal is due. If invited, the full proposal is due July 3, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to begin the process of requesting a letter of support from the applicable city department when preparing to submit the letter of intent if not sooner.

Leveraging or matching with other funds is not required, but it is encouraged.

Grants are paid on a reimbursement basis. Expenses can be paid for in advance if invoices or estimates are submitted and documentation of the actual purchase price is provided after the expenditure.

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

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If you have questions about how to integrate the goals of the EE Agenda into you project, contact:

Hannah Hill
(206) 256-5451

For questions about eligible expenses and other application details, contact:

Jessica Saavedra
(425) 282-1906

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