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South King County Fund Economic Recovery Grants Program

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2020: Our First SKCF Economic Recovery Grants Program Cycle

Ten South King County organizations have been recommended to receive funding through the first cycle of the South King County Fund Economic Recovery Grants Program. The funding awards were approved by the Port of Seattle Commission on December 15, 2020, and are contingent upon successful contract negotiations.

For this cycle, focused around COVID-19 economic recovery, the Port is awarding contracts to organizations serving communities most deeply impacted by the current economic crisis for projects connected to Port-related industries, including aviation, maritime, construction trades, and green career industries.

Economic Recovery Grants

In response to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community, the Port of Seattle Commission added economic development as an additional focus for the South King County Fund. This is part of a larger effort from the Port to lead an equitable recovery to, create jobs, increase equity, retain small businesses, improve the environment, and restore quality of life. With ties to all of Washington’s key economic sectors and connections to more than 500 employers operating at our facilities, the Port stands uniquely positioned to help lead the regional recovery. Grants support communities most deeply impacted by the current economic crisis through projects connected to Port-related industries, including aviation, maritime, construction trades and green career industries.

Fund details: 

  • The Fund invites proposals for projects with outcomes related to workforce development, job creation programs or economic recovery solutions in Port-related industries.
  • Projects must benefit near-airport communities, for example: Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and Tukwila.
  • Projects must also serve those who are economically vulnerable and face great challenges, including people of color, Native people, immigrants and refugees, English Language Learners, veterans, seniors, youth, and/or people with disabilities.
  • Community organizations, chambers of commerce, and other non-profit organizations working in these program areas are eligible to apply.

Learn more about our ten approved projects: 

African Chamber of Commerce-PNW will work with highly impacted Black-owned businesses to support them on both technical assistance for compliance with the Clean Truck Program and provide Small Business COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Program and Youth and Adults Workshops. This project supports maritime transportation through small-business assistance.

African Community Housing & Development will support the African Diaspora immigrant communities in South King County with a pilot program to provide workforce development in the form of education and job application assistance in technical Port-related industries such as construction and aviation. This project falls under the Port’s workforce development authority.

Asian Counseling & Referral Service will partner with UFCW Local 21, which represents workers from Hudson News who have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They will be connected to ACRS employment case management services for culturally competent job search assistance in port-related industries. This project provides workforce development assistance to aviation retail workers.

Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) will serve human trafficking survivors and at-risk youth living in the near-airport communities of Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and Tukwila. This project will further economic recovery in South King County by delivering employment readiness training, supporting employers in Port-related industries, and creating paid internships and job opportunities for human trafficking survivors and at-risk youth in Port-related industries.

CARES of Washington support people with disabilities and low incomes to realize their purpose, potential, and strength. The Connect for Success project will support BIPOC communities living around Port of Seattle’s facilities to enter and successfully complete pre-apprenticeship programs in Port related industries such as construction, green industries, manufacturing and aerospace. This project falls under the Port’s workforce development authority.

Chief Seattle Club’s mission is to provide a sacred space to nurture, affirm and renew the spirit of Urban Native people. In December 2020, Chief Seattle Club’s trauma-informed indigenous-designed job training program, Native Works, is launching Sovereignty Farm. Sovereignty Farm is a new urban Indian farm located in Tukwila, with green jobs for homeless American Indian/Alaska Native Apprentices. These apprentices will learn about land and water stewardship, garden design and planning, and invasive species removal, preparing them for green jobs at Port habitat sites on the Duwamish River.

El Centro de la Raza will provide extensive outreach, education, and referrals for Latinos and other multi-cultural program participants to relevant pre-apprenticeship programs in port-related industries such as the construction trades in order to obtain permanent employment. This project will focus on communities surrounding the new Federal Way office. This falls under the Port’s workforce development authority and will primarily focus on construction industries.

Partners in Employment guarantees the economic security and mentorship to newly arrived refugees and immigrants in South King County. This project will have two tracts, one that provides support services for immigrant job seekers impacted by COVID-19 in the aviation industry, and the other continuing the youth green jobs training program started in the summer of 2020 under the Port’s opportunity motion.

Puget Sound Welcome Back Center will prepare 30 internationally educated engineers for jobs in construction related fields near the Port of Seattle. Even though many have college degrees, they lack proper credentials to work in the US in their chosen profession. This project removes those barriers by providing resources in port-related industries, including Test Preparation Courses as part of the licensure process for construction related fields, and Strategic Training and Certifications such as Concrete Field Technician, CAD Training and Construction Management courses.

WA Maritime Blue will operate the Maritime Youth Accelerator Project, which aims to provide culturally relevant skills-based learning to prepare young people for livable-wage jobs in the Maritime field. The project is specifically designed for youth of color and opportunity youth from underserved communities, who have an interest in learning about the maritime sector and in designing/developing an entrepreneurial project. WA Maritime Blue has a mission to carry out the Washington State’s Strategy for the Blue Economy delivered by Governor Jay Inslee’s Maritime Innovation Advisory Council.

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