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2018 King County Community Service Area Grant Program

Grants to King County, Washington Community Organizations
for Programs Encouraging Community Engagement

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11/17/17 5:00PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 per project to King County, Washington community organizations for programs which encourage increased community participation and connection for unincorporated area residents in the Community Service areas. Funded projects' activities will be accessible to all community residents, especially minorities, non-English speaking residents, and communities with a low socioeconomic level.

Community Engagement Grants will support projects that advance the King County Strategic Plan and achieve one of the following goals:

- Promote the engagement of unincorporated area residents in community or civic activities.
- Educate local residents about issues impacting them.
- Implement a community enhancement project.
- Meet King County’s equity and social justice goals of increasing fairness and opportunity for all people, particularly for people of color, low-income communities and people with limited English proficiency.

Project examples:
- Community events such as concerts, festivals, educational/safety
- Community enhancement projects such as tree planting, graffiti removal and neighborhood clean-up
- Community-led planning or training
- Neighborhood or community signage

Selection criteria:
- Priority will be given to projects that are one time or time limited in scope; ready to be implemented, and will be completed in 2018.
- Project clearly addresses one or more of the Funding Priority Goals stated for the Community Service Area Grants.
- Project location and target population are within the unincorporated Community Service Areas and are free and open to all members of the general public within unincorporated King County and provides a public benefit.
- Project demonstrates how activities are accessible to all residents regardless of race, income, or language spoken.
- Project objectives and activities encourage community engagement and high community participation.
- Project has identified clear outcomes or results and a specific work plan to achieve them.
- Project has a viable plan for continued support and maintenance.
- Project demonstrates community outreach and support.
- Project demonstrates community support based on the level of community involvement by the project partners.
- Project budget is realistic and achievable and the funding request is specific and attributable to the project.
- Project match is at least 25% of total project budget.
- Geographic distribution of funds will be considered.

Allowed Costs:
Reasonable expenses that are attributable and clearly needed for the project and outlined in the budget.

Other Requirements:
Funded projects may be asked to participate and/or attend the annual CSA Open House held in the project area.

Unincorporated Community Service Area description:

Bear Creek/Sammamish Area – Western boundary is the urban growth line near Woodinville, the northern boundary is the King-Snohomish County line. The east and south boundaries follow the watershed ridge line. This CSA contains the Sammamish Agricultural Production District.

Snoqualmie Valley/NE King County Area – Western boundaries are the ridge line of the Bear Creek CSA and the urban growth line. Southern boundaries are the watershed line, forest production district and I-90. Northern boundary is the county boundary with Snohomish County. This CSA contains the Snoqualmie Agriculture Production District and a portion of the Forest Production District.

Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area – The western and northern boundaries are the urban growth line, I-90 and the Forest Production District boundary (joint boundary with Snoqualmie Valley/NE KC Area). The eastern and southern boundary is the Tahoma School District boundary (joint boundary with Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River CSA).

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River – The western boundary is the urban growth line, north boundary is the watershed line, forest production district boundary and I-90 (Snoqualmie Valley CSA). The eastern boundary is the county boundary with Kittitas County; the southern boundary is the watershed line (SE KC CSA). This CSA contains portions of the Forest Production District.

SE King County Area – The western boundary is the urban growth boundary, the northern boundaries are the urban growth and the watershed line (Greater Maple Valley CSA). Boundaries to the east are Kittitas County and to the south is the Pierce County line. This CSA contains the Lower Green, Middle Green, and Enumclaw Agriculture Production Districts and a portion of the Forest Production District.

Vashon/Maury Island Area – Vashon-Maury Island is bounded by and located in Puget Sound.

West King County Areas – This CSA contains the remaining urban unincorporated potential annexation areas located throughout West King County. All of these areas are either bounded by existing cities or the urban growth boundary. The identified major potential annexation areas include: North Highline, West Hill, East Federal Way, Fairwood, and East Renton.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162398

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Amounts will be limited to less than $5,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
Locally-based community-led organizations in the unincorporated Community Service Areas and organizations based within a city but serve unincorporated area residents that encourage collaborations and partnerships in unincorporated King County.

Ineligible projects:
Projects that are intended to support infrastructure or ongoing operational costs of locally funded governmental organizations, except where the organization is seeking grant funding to support one-time volunteer events.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017.

See Supporting Documents below for Application Template in either MS Word or PDF formats.

Marissa Alegria, CSA Grant, staff lead, will be available to respond to questions by phone or e-mail or by setting up an appointment to meet at a more convenient location. See contact info. below.

A minimum match of 25% of the total project cost is required. Match can be in the form of volunteer time, cash or other forms of in-kind services and other resources from project partners and contributors.

Applicant status:
If your organization is not incorporated, you must designate a fiscal sponsor. Partnership with local non-profits is encouraged. Please contact the CSA Grant staff lead for guidance and support.

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on November 17, 2017 via the following:

Marissa Alegria
206-477-4523 / TTY 711

Physically at the following location:
Dept. of Natural Resources and Parks, Director’s Office ATTN: Marissa Alegria
201 South Jackson Street, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98104

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Bear Creek/Sammamish Area, Snoqualmie Valley/NE King County Area, Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area, Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River, SE King County Area, Vashon/Maury Island Area, West King County Areas