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Grants to Washington Nonprofits in Eligible Regions to Enhance Environmental Equity and Stewardship


Geographic Focus

USA: Washington: City of Seattle

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Seattle Community Partnership Grant

King Conservation District (KCD) and City of Seattle

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #143095

Grant Description

Grants of up to $75,000 to Washington nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to protect natural resources and enhance environmental equity. Funding is intended to support education and outreach, capacity building, pilot or demonstration projects, and direct improvement of natural resource conditions. Focus is placed on populations disproportionately affected by systematic racism, such as People of Color, Black, and Indigenous communities. Projects must occur primarily within Seattle city limits.

King Conservation District is a natural resources assistance agency that promotes the sustainable use of natural resources. Across the United States and here in Seattle, race is the most significant predictor of a person living near contaminated or deteriorating natural resources that impact health and wellbeing. For this reason, this grant program supports projects that improve natural resources and are co-created by, led by and benefit people most impacted by environmental and climate issues: Black, Indigenous, People of Color, immigrants, refugees, people with low incomes, youth and elders.

Projects must focus on at least one of the following KCD natural resource priority areas:

  • Managing and preventing pollution caused by stormwater runoff: Water that runs off the road, roofs, and other surfaces pollute our waterways. Activities that prevent this include (but are not limited to) installing rain gardens, green roofs, cisterns (catch and store rainwater), bioswales (filtration and drainage systems), and more.
  • Protecting and restoring creeks, shorelines, and wetlands: This can include activities such as removing invasive weeds, replanting native trees, shrubs and groundcovers to improve wildlife habitat and water quality.
  • Building healthy soil: This can include activities such as soil tests, amending community garden or urban farm soil, learning about and applying the appropriate amount of fertilizer, mulch and compost as well as installing on-site compost bins, and more.
  • Protecting and restoring the urban forest: Activities can include (but are not limited to) planting conifers in a deciduous tree dominated area, planting a diverse array of native plants, restoring native plants to an area, removing invasive weeds.
  • Supporting a sustainable food system: This can include activities such as building/creating/expanding a community garden, growing food distributed to local community groups, and improving access to healthy, local food.

For information on natural resource improvement actions and project requirements, see the following link:

For information on eligible costs, see the following link:

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations or community groups must have a 501(c)3 nonprofit status or a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)3 nonprofit status to be eligible to apply.

Organizations or community groups whose work centers and is co-created and/or led by Black, Indigenous and People of Color, immigrants, refugees, people with low incomes, youth, and elders should apply.

Only one application per organization is allowed, except if the organization serves as a fiscal sponsor for multiple projects.

Ineligible for funding:
• Individuals cannot receive funding.
• Acquisition of land.
• Construction of buildings.
• Park benches, shelters, and sidewalks.
• Projects that are not accessible to the public.
• Projects that are duplicative of similar existing efforts in a specific community or area.
• Computer equipment or technology such as laptops, desktops, tablets, cell phones, and other office equipment as determined.
• Other types of equipment as determined by KCD.
• Certain disposable supplies such as erasers, straws, stickers or toys.
• Indirect expenses such as overhead, administrative fees, and other indirect costs that exceed 25% of salaries and benefits.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join a virtual information session to learn more about the fund, the qualities of a strong proposal, the application and review process and to ask any questions you may have.

A recording of the session will be available on KCD’s website.

Session 1:
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Click here to register for this event:

Session 2:
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
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Pre-Application Information:

- Funding Opportunity Announced: January 10, 2022
- Applications due by 11:59pm PST: February 4, 2022
- Virtual Interviews: March 21 – April 1, 2022
- Application Review: April 2022
- Applicants notified of decisions by email: May - June 2022

Grant awards are paid on a reimbursement basis after costs are incurred and receipts or invoices have been submitted.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Projects will be awarded for no more than $75,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects can take place over multiple years.

Contact Information:

Apply Online:

If you have any questions, reach out to Jessica Saavedra at KCD, email or call 425-773-9065.

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