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Open Space - River Corridors Grant

People relax on a river bank beneath a bridge

About This Grant Program

The Open Space – River Corridors grant program supports projects that help restore the natural functions of rivers, create or restore public access, and/or increase public awareness of river corridors as valuable natural resources. This grant program incentivizes multi-benefit projects that integrate recreation and habitat restoration with larger floodplain management efforts.

  • $22 million in total funding 2020-2025
  • $9.9 million in available funding in 2023
  • Awards up to $1 million
  • Biennial application (Next Request for Applications in 2025)

All projects must be located within King County and be associated with one or more of the following rivers: Cedar; Duwamish; Green; Raging; Sammamish; Snoqualmie; South Fork Skykomish; Tolt; White.

Eligible Applicants

  • City or town
  • King County agency
  • Port, Flood, Conservation, or Diking and Drainage Districts
  • Salmon recovery forums
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Tribal organization

Eligible Project Types

  • Acquisition
  • Feasibility Study
  • Planning and Design
  • Construction
  • Project-specific outreach and education

Examples of Funded Projects

  • Planning for Gateway North Park, a new park along the Duwamish River in Georgetown that will feature upland restoration, passive recreational opportunities, and access to the river
  • Acquiring a 17-acre parcel of undeveloped floodplain adjacent to Three Forks Park between North Bend and Snoqualmie
  • Restoring critical riparian habitat along the Lower Green River in Auburn and connecting diverse youth to green jobs training and the engaging community with salmon recovery efforts
  • View the full lists of funded projects (Select the Open Space - River Corridors tabs)