The Port of Seattle is now accepting proposals for the first South King County Fund Environmental Grants cycle.
The SKCF Environmental Grants Program 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.
The SKCF Environmental Grants 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.
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.
- $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.
Examples of projects funded previously
- Midway Park & Play Area Restoration – Des Moines Rotary Foundation, Des Moines. The grant provides funds that enable volunteers to repair and maintain park equipment to enhance the beauty and recreational value of the park for youth and families to enjoy.
- Farmbot – Ecotech in an Urban Garden, Key Tech Labs, Des Moines. This project combines STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and healthy food education by teaching youth how to build a robot that will tend a community garden in Des Moines’ high poverty area of Pacific Ridge.
- New Futures Farm – Southwest Youth and Family Services, Burien and SeaTac. This project provides healthy food education by teaching families how to build and maintain a community garden in low-income housing areas in Burien and SeaTac.
- SeaTac Ethnic Community Ecology Connections – Partner in Employment, SeaTac. The grant will provide culturally relevant engagement with SeaTac refugee and immigrant communities to inspire environmental education, organize community cleanup events, and increase capacity for small businesses to practice environmental sustainability.