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Local organizations can apply for Port of Seattle funding to enhance public spaces

September 18, 2023

The Port of Seattle is launching its fourth cycle of the Environmental Grants Program, offering $600,000 in total funding. Community-led initiatives can apply for a single-year grant of up to $20,000 or multi-year funding of up to $60,000 in all.

Local organizations in Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and Tukwila have the chance to make a positive impact on their neighbourhoods near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) as part of this initiative for projects in the South King County.

Projects eligible for funding encompass public space enhancements, installations of equipment or artwork, as well as neighbourhood projects and environmental stewardship endeavours on public property.

The Environmental Grants Program, a part of the South King County Community Impact Fund (SKCCIF), aims to enhance livability, green spaces, and forest restoration in communities near the airport. These communities historically faced disproportionate environmental challenges resulting from inequitable land-use practices.

Advocacy efforts have led to a favourable change in funding rules. The Port of Seattle successfully lobbied for a reduction in the match requirement from 3:1 to 2:1 through state legislation in 2023. This change eases the burden on non-profit applicants and strengthens the port's ability to partner with community-based organizations and volunteer groups.

Match requirements for projects can be met through various means, such as volunteer hours, educational efforts, carbon emissions reduction, and cash donations. No project is considered too small.

Proposals must be submitted by Monday, October 30, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. To learn more about the application process, or to access informational session recordings, proposal materials and to view past projects, visit the SKCCIF Environmental Grants Program page.