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South King County Fund Environmental Grants Program

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Learn how the Port is using grant funding and partnerships with community-based organizations to help the community transform Hilltop Park into a green space that can provide fresh air and a place to gather for decades to come. 

SKCF Environmental Grants Program Now Accepting Applications

The Port is now accepting proposals for the next South King County Fund Environmental Grants cycle. Proposals must be submitted by October 15, 2021. New this year, organizations can apply for one, two or three-year grants for up to $20,000 per year. Multi-year grants allow community groups to invest in long-term planning and implementation, increases the impact of the Port’s community investments, and helps to support sustainable project planning and implementation.  A total of $385,000 is available this cycle to increase access to green space and improve livability in near-airport communities.

Environmental Grants

The SKCF Environmental Grants Program is a 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. Community-led groups are invited to apply for funding for activities such as:

  • public space improvements (including parks, school playgrounds, public square or port habitat sites),
  • equipment or artwork installations,
  • or neighborhood or environmental stewardship projects.

Fund Highlights

  • $385,000 of funding is available in this cycle.
  • Requests can be up to $20,000.
  • Multiyear funding is available for up to three years.
  • 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.

How to Apply

  • Register or log in to the Port of Seattle's VendorConnect website.
  • Locate all application materials for the SKCF Environmental Grants program at the ‘Documents’ tab on the grant's VendorConnect page.
  • 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 in the table below. To ask a question, select the "Ask Question" button.
  • Below are application materials you can reference. Please find these and all other materials on the VendorConnect page:
Updated Application Attachment A and B (10/8/2021)
Attachment Guide D
Frequently Asked Questions
Q & A 1-3 (Questions Asked This Round)
Sample Application
Sample Letter of Recommendation
Info Session 3 Presentation


Questions must be submitted through VendorConnect:Submittal details and deadline:
All required documents must be emailed to The deadline to submit a proposal is October 15, 2021 at 1:00PM PST.

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. 

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 RSVP using the links below. (Do NOT RSVP in the VendorConnect system.)

Information Session 1: Wednesday, September 8,2021

Register Here

6:30-8:00pm PST

MS Teams Meeting Link 
Call-in No.: 1 (425) 660-9954 | Conference ID: 517008229#

Information Session 2:    Saturday, September 25, 2021

Register Here

1:00-2:30pm PST

MS Teams Meeting Link 
Call-in No.: 1 (425) 660-9954 | Conference ID: 517008229#

Information Session 3:     Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Register Here

6:30-8:00pm PST

MS Teams Meeting Link 
Call-in No.: 1 (425) 660-9954 | Conference ID: 517008229#


Technical Assistance

On a weekly basis, Port staff will be available to provide applicants technical assistance to help navigate VendorConnect. See Technical Assistance Schedule below for available dates/times. To join one of the scheduled sessions, click on this Meeting Link or use call-in number: +1 425-660-9954; Conference ID 24190434# .

September 7 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
September 15  6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
September 22  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
September 30  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
October 4  6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
October 7  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
October 11  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
October 14  5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

City Points of Contact

For projects taking place on city property including parks, public right of ways, street ends, etc., it is best to contact a representative within your project city to pre-approve the project. Some projects may need permits or require approval from Parks and Recreation or Public Works. It is best to contact the city early in your planning process and if possible, ask for a letter of recommendation to include in your application packet. The following list is designated points of contact who are familiar with the Environmental Grants Program and are ready to help you with your project. 

Name: Casey Stanley
Title: City of Burien Recreation Manager
Phone: 206-988-3704
City Website:

Normandy Park
Name: Amanda León
Title: Parks and Recreation Director
Phone: 206-248-8257
City Website:

Des Moines
Name: Jason Woycke, AICP
Title: Land Use Planner
Phone: 206-870-6551
City Website:

Name: Anita Woodmass                              
Title: Senior Management Anlayst
Phone: 206-973-4839
City Website:

Federal Way
Name: Jason Gerwen
Title: Deputy Director, Parks Department
Phone: 253-835-6912
City Website:

Name: Kris Kelly
Title: Parks Maintenance & Operations Superintendent
Phone: 206-433-7161
City Website:

Cycle One Funded Projects

Learn more about the fourteen (14) organizations that received funding for the first cycle of the SKCF Environmental Grants Program. This South King County Fund Story Map also shows where projects were funded.

1.    Federal Way Korean American Association is building a Korean garden in Federal Way’s BPA Trail, and creating a cultural space where community members can nurture and sustain the garden through intergenerational bonding. This project is also a larger part of a five-year plan with the organization’s sister city in Korea to build out the garden. This project will take place in Federal way and was funded at $20,000.

2.    Multicultural Self-Sufficiency Movement is developing a community garden for community members, youth, and older adults to engage with the natural spaces; have access to safe and healthy food; and grow and cultivate the garden space. This projects works with intergenerational families and community members in Federal Way and was funded at $9,000.

3.    Bridging Cultural Gaps is organizing Black and East African immigrant families and youth to do park clean-up days and build out a recycling initiative that will be in multiple East African languages. They are  also accepting nature photography submissions and holding podcast conversations in several languages to better engage community members. This project takes place in Tukwila and was funded at $20,000.

4.    Bhutanese Community Resource Center is educating young adult and youth immigrants and refugees in Tukwila to learn about native plants in the region, and how to reduce waste through composting. They have adopted the Cascade View Community Park in Tukwila to clean up. They were funded at $14,000.

5.    Congolese Basketball is focusing on improving Crystal Spring Park in Tukwila. The group and volunteers will host small group park clean-up days, install basketball and tennis nets, and redesign the courts with art installations. They are funded at $20,000.

6.    New Start Community Garden added culturally relevant art pieces for the garden fencing at New Start Community Garden, which is home to community gardeners and New Start High School student gardeners. This project commissioned art from students and local South King County artists to create a more welcoming garden space in Burien and they were funded at $15,000.

7.    Partner in Employment works with immigrant and refugee youth to learn about, and work on park restoration and maintenance; identify native and non-native plant species; restore and design planting sites; and do outreach to others in a variety of environmental fields to sustain the work. This project adds capacity to host five additional youth beyond what was funded through their Economic Recovery Grant. This project will take place in SeaTac and Tukwila and they were funded at $20,000.

8.    EarthCorps’ young adult crew members is clearing 60,000 square feet of invasive blackberry bushes at the Hilltop Park. They are also working with community volunteers to plant native trees for shade habitat and a safe place for community members to gather and enjoy the park. This project takes place in Burien and they were funded at $15,000.

9.    Highline Botanical Garden Foundation has expanded the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden by moving twelve mature bonsai trees donated from The Seike Family in SeaTac. The original garden was impacted by airport expansion and the twelve trees will be incorporated into the new garden location. They were funded at $20,000.

10.    Environmental Science Center is serving 1100 Highline School District students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade with virtual beach habitat and stewardship classes live streamed and recorded at Seahurst Park. The naturalist-teachers from ESC will also clean up beaches during and after each of the fifty classes taught. Schools with at least 50% of their students on free or reduced lunch will be given priority. This project serves Burien and Highline students and they were funded at $10,000.

11.    Friends of Normandy Park Foundation engages Highline School District families and friends to remove 20,000 square feet of invasive plant species at Marine View Park. The community members are  replacing the area with native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. This project will take place in Normandy Park and they were funded at $8,683.

12.    Summer Search will work with eighty young people of color and underrepresented youth to explore land, water and air issues. The youth will develop and research four small group outdoor work sessions that will include planting trees and maintenance improvements around Tukwila’s parks.  The students will also be in YMCA’s Summer Outdoor Leadership School, which was successful during COVID-19 in 2020. They are funded at $20,000.

13.    Puget Soundkeeper Alliance empowers youth leaders to support immigrant and refugee families as they do debris cleanups on kayak patrols, water quality monitoring, and microplastic education. This project takes place in Tukwila, Burien, Des Moines, and Federal Way and they are funded at $10,902.

14.    Tilth Alliance is training twenty volunteers on urban farming techniques. The volunteers are then installing rain gardens, doing habitat restoration, and creating or supporting community gardens. They are partnering with a local immigrant and refugee organization and serving Federal Way, Burien and Tukwila. They were funded at $15,000.

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