King County announced 45 volunteer-led community events and projects that will be expanded in unincorporated communities with grants of up to $5,000 each.
The community groups successfully competed for a total of $92,500 in grants, which range between $500 and $4,750 each. Community organizations are required to match at least one quarter of the total project costs. The projects must be accessible to all residents, regardless of race, income, or language spoken.
Grants were awarded to community organizations throughout King County’s Community Service Areas. This year’s successful applications include:
- Snoqualmie Valley Community Network—support for a youth leadership summit.
- Skyway Solutions—support for a community festival.
- Federal Way Senior Center—funds to buy 100 chairs for use at the center.
Community Engagement Grants 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.
The competitive grants will help community organizations in each of King County’s Community Service Areas: Southeast King County, Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County, Vashon-Maury Island, Bear Creek/Sammamish, Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain, Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River, and West King County.
“This year we took a focused approach and issued out more grant funds than ever before. It’s great to support the innovative and creative ways organizations are serving their communities. Residents showed they are enthusiastically thinking of ways in bringing their neighbors together with thoughtful and fun activities, ” David Daw, Local Services External Relations Manager, said.
For more information go to the Local Services website.https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/local-services.aspx