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. 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.
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. 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.
Fall 2020: Our first SKCF Environmental Grants Program cycle
The Port is now accepting proposals for the first South King County Fund Environmental Grants cycle.
Download the application by clicking the “Application Packet- Attachments A and B” link below. There are several other documents which can be used to help you fill out the application including an EXAMPLE application and a SAMPLE Match Worksheet which can be used to help calculate the match.
- All required documents must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1:00 p.m. Dec. 4, 2020.
- Grants awarded will be up to $20,000 and must be matched 3:1.
- $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.
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.
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.