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SKCF Environmental Grants Program to fund fourteen organizations for 2021

Fourteen organizations serving South King County communities have been recommended to receive nearly $218,000 in Port of Seattle environmental grants. Port Commissioners approved the recommendation for the first round of funding for South King County Fund Environmental Grants Program (SKCF EGP) during today’s Commission meeting. The funding awards were approved by the Port of Seattle Commission on February 9, 2021, and are contingent upon successful contract negotiations.

Selected projects reflect the rich diversity in South King County and demonstrate the Port’s commitment to community-led environmental improvements in the near-airport cities that have been hit hardest by COVID-19.

Environmental Projects

The SKCF EGP is a new cycle of the South King County Fund that supports projects that improve the environment in the near-airport communities of Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and Tukwila. Funds support activities such as:

  • Public space improvements (including parks, school playgrounds, public square or port habitat sites)
  • Equipment or artwork installations
  • Neighborhood or environmental stewardship projects

The program expands the reach of the successful Airport Community Ecology (ACE)program into more communities that surround Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Communities in South King County disproportionately experience environmental harms due to a long history of inequitable land-use practices and economic displacement that have pushed marginalized communities farther and farther south. With the additional health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on low-income populations and communities of color, there is a stronger than ever need for investment in South King County, where residents have less access to parks and green space than in the rest of the County.

The program has revolutionized how the Port works with communities to improve access to funding opportunities. Throughout 2020, the Port worked with a group of multicultural, multilingual liaisons to identify and remove barriers to participation by co-creating grant materials and training liaisons to conduct community outreach to promote the grant opportunity.

Fund Highlights

  • $435,000 of funding is available in this cycle.
  • Requests can be up to $20,000.
  • Projects must take place on public property.
  • Projects must demonstrate a 3:1 match, meaning every dollar awarded by the Port must be matched by three dollars from the grant recipient or project partners. The Port offers several ways to meet this match including volunteer time, attendees of public events, contact hours, lifetime environmental value of trees planted, carbon emissions reductions, in-kind contributions, contributions of project partners, and cash.
  • Proposers must be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 or 501(c)6 status or community group that works with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor.
  • Organizations must demonstrate experience in serving diverse near-airport communities that experience economic and environmental injustice.
  • Organizations must submit a written proposal and participate in a discussion with the review panel.

Learn more about the fourteen (14) organizations recommended to receive funding upon the completion of successful contract negotiations on our South King County Fund Story Map.

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