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South King County Fund Economic Recovery Program

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2021: Our Second SKCF Economic Recovery Program Cycle

The Port is now accepting proposals for the second South King County Fund Economic Recovery Program cycle. The South King County Fund plays an important role in the Port’s regional recovery strategy, providing resources and support to communities that are furthest from opportunity and hardest hit by the impacts of COVID-19. For this cycle, the Port continues to award 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.

Proposals must be submitted by October 25, 2021. New this year, organizations can submit requests for single or multi-year funding, ranging up to $100,000 for a single year and $250,000 for multi-year funding. A total of up to $1.5 million will be available this cycle for projects that benefit historically underserved near-airport communities.

Multi-year funding allow community groups to invest in long-term planning and implementation, increase the impact of the Port’s community investments, and helps to support sustainable project planning and implementation. 
 

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Economic Recovery Funds

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, and improve the environment. 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. This Program supports 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. The Port has pledged $10 million dollars in funding between 2020 and 2024 with $1.5 million available for 2021.

Fund Details 

  • $1.5 million funds are available in this cycle. 
  • Proposers can submit single or multi-year funding ranging up to $100,000 (single year) to $250,000 (multi-year). 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 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.

How to apply  

  • Locate all materials for the SKCF Environmental Grants program at the ‘Documents’ tab on the VendorConnect site
  • You must register as a Plan Holder at VendorConnect to ask questions and receive ongoing updates. Register by going to the South King County Fund Solicitation Overview page. (For detailed instructions about registering, read the VendorConnect External User Guide.) To ask a question, select the "Ask Question" button.  

Submittal details and deadline 

Questions must be submitted through VendorConnect

You must register as a Plan Holder at VendorConnect to ask questions and receive ongoing updates. Register by going to the South King County Fund Solicitation Overview page in VendorConnect.

For detailed instructions about registering, read the VendorConnect External User Guide

You also may view our South King County Fund FAQs for further clarification about fund requirements. 

Information Sessions

Attend one of our virtual sessions to find out more about the proposal process. During information sessions, applicants can receive technical assistance for using VendorConnect or ask questions regarding the proposal and submittal process. Language interpretation is available upon request.  Please register using the links below. (Do NOT RSVP in the VendorConnect system.)

Information Session 1

Monday, September 27, 2021

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Register

Information Session 2

Monday, October 4, 2021

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

MS Teams Meeting Link
Call-in number: +1 425-660-9954 Conference ID: 518570773#
Register

Technical Assistance

On a weekly basis, Port staff will be available to provide applicants technical assistance to help navigate VendorConnect. See the Technical Assistance schedule below for available dates/times. To join one of the scheduled sessions, click on this Microsoft Teams Meeting Link or use call-in number: +1 425-660-9954; Conference ID 824867184#.

September 23 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
September 30 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
October 5  10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
October 12 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
October 14 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
October 19 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
October 21 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Learn more about our ten approved projects: 

African Chamber of Commerce-PNW works 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 supports 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 partners with UFCW Local 21, which represents workers from Hudson News who have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are 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) serves 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 furthers 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 supports people with disabilities and low incomes to realize their purpose, potential, and strength. The Connect for Success project supports 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, launched 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 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 provides 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 to obtain permanent employment. This project focuses on communities surrounding the new Federal Way office. This falls under the Port’s workforce development authority and will primarily focus on construction industries.

Partner in Employment guarantees the economic security and mentorship to newly arrived refugees and immigrants in South King County. This project has 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 prepares 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 operates 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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