To bolster local efforts to protect water quality, control pollution and build healthy communities, King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division is offering $850,000 in funding for community-driven projects through its Waterworks Grant Program. Applications will be accepted through May 25.
King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division is making it easier for local community groups to launch projects that will improve water quality, control pollution and enhance the environment.
The WaterWorks Grant Program will make $850,000 available in 2016, with a maximum award of $250,000. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25.
King County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Council established the Waterworks Grant Program in 2015 to support investments in clean water and healthy communities within the Wastewater Treatment Division’s service area.
Nonprofits, schools, cities, counties, special purpose districts and tribes are eligible to apply for the grants. To promote partnerships and community engagement, groups are encouraged to work together on projects.
The criteria for grant application eligibility include:
- Creating a benefit to King County sewer utility ratepayers or water quality improvements within WTD’s service area.
- Demonstrating that water quality benefits are related to the WTD’s regional water quality responsibilities.
Examples of the type of projects eligible for funding include:
- Addressing a water quality problem or creating a project to maintain water quality.
- Addressing water contaminants, i.e. pollution prevention, source identification, fats/oils/grease, product stewardship, emerging chemicals, etc.
- Protecting or improving watersheds, streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and tidewaters.
- Providing education, on the ground improvement projects, programs, research, technology development, or related ideas.
- Building awareness of water quality and environmental protection and promotion of behavioral changes for improved water quality gains/outcomes.