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Grants & Funding Opportunities

Grants & Funding Opportunities

Did you know that King County has a variety of funding opportunities for organizations throughout the County?

WaterWorks Grants
The Council allocated funding track of the WaterWorks Grant Program is currently accepting applications! Applications must be submitted through the WaterWorks Application Process - King County by Monday, July 31st. For questions about the council-allocation review, selection process, or for more information, please reach out to Grant Lahmann (

The WaterWorks Grant Program provides $5 million in funding every two years to organizations carrying out projects that improve water quality in the service area for the King County regional wastewater system. Eligible applicants include non-profits, schools and educational institutions, tribes, and local governments. Applications for the Wastewater Treatment Division competitive grant process are due Wednesday, March 8th. The King County Council WaterWorks Grant process is still being established, and more information will be available online later this year. If you have additional questions about this grant opportunity, email Grant Lahmann ( in Councilmember McDermott’s office.

Get Active, Stay Active Grant
If you’re an organization that provides youth and amateur sports and fitness programing, consider applying for the Get Active, Stay Active grant. This grant is two years and for nonprofit organizations and local governments within District 8. These funds can cover programming costs, scholarship and activity fees, equipment, or capital projects. To apply for the current cycle of funding or for more information, email Grant Lahmann ( in Councilmember McDermott’s office.

Local Housing Solutions Grant
Councilmembers may annually allocate funds through the Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) Housing Strategy 8 to support local housing stability solutions. Proposals can come from local government agencies, unincorporated areas, tribes, or community-based organizations. A total of $55,000 per year is available for allocation through this fund. More information and details can be found in the VSHSL Implementation Plan. If you are interested in learning more about the program or sharing your project, email Councilmember McDermott and Lan Nguyen ( in Councilmember McDermott’s office. 

Community Service Organization (CSO) Grants
Community Service Organization (CSO) grants are awarded by each Councilmembers office to non-profit service organizations within their district. If you are an organization in District 8 that needs funding assistance for specific projects you want to share with our office, please reach out to Grant Lahmann (

Veterans Service Organization Grants
Veterans Service grants are awarded by each office to organizations within their district that provide services to veterans. If you are an organization in District 8 that would like funding assistance for these services, please reach out to Grant Lahmann (

Van Donation Program
The application period for 2023 is now closed. Every year, the King County Council allocates retired passenger vans to nonprofit organizations and local government. These vans are used to transport people with special needs or goods and supplies to those with special needs. These groups include young people, people with disabilities, seniors, and low-income people. To learn more about this program, email Helen Dahl ( in Councilmember McDermott’s office.

Flood Reduction Grants
The King County Flood District provides four grant programs to address countywide flood issues. These grants are for medium and small flood reduction projects across the county, as well as for projects to address flood issues associated with urban streams, coastal erosion/coastal flooding, and culvert placement/fish passage restoration. Find more information about these programs on the Flood District website.

Parks Levy Grants
King County Parks has four grant programs that are administered to community organizations and projects that work towards making parks, green spaces, and recreation opportunities more accessible for King County residents. Eligible applicants include local governments, non-profits, tribal organizations, school districts, or park districts. Public access or public benefit is a requirement, and recipients are obligated to ensure long-term public access or benefit. Applications can be submitted directly through the Parks Levy online portal or the King County Parks website. If any additional questions, email Grant Lahmann ( in Councilmember McDermott’s office. 
Community Service Area Grants
Community Engagement Grants provide funding for projects that help residents actively participate in and feel more connected to their communities and King County. This grant is available to residents of unincorporated King County, including North Highline, Vashon and Maury Island. These grants are awarded annually through the King County Department of Local Services (DLS), which serves unincorporated areas of the County. More information can be found on the DLS website.

Best Starts for Kids
Best Starts for Kids (BSK) is King County’s commitment to ensure that all children raised in King County can reach adulthood happy, healthy, safe, and thriving. BSK provides resources for efforts that focus on promotion, prevention, and early intervention for kids from the prenatal stage through age 24, including early learning, health and wellness, and transition to adulthood. BSK partners with community organizations, non-profits, school and school districts, tribal organizations, and local government agencies across King County to implement programs, provide technical assistance to partner organizations, and address critical needs in the community. Funds are distributed through a competitive request for proposals (RFPs) process. Learn more and look for current funding opportunities on the BSK website.

4Culture is the cultural funding agency for King County, and helps fund, support, and advocate for culture being accessible to all. 4Culture provides numerous grant projects for cultural funding and support in King County with rolling deadlines throughout the year. Visit 4Culture’s website to see what may be a fit for you.

Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services
The Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) connects servicemembers and their families, residents age 55 years and older, and resilient communities to resources that promote healthy living, financial stability, social engagement, housing stability, access to services, and more. Funds are distributed through a competitive request for proposals (RFPs) process. Learn more and look for current funding opportunities on the VSHSL website.

Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA)
The Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA) invests in improving educational opportunities for kids, youth, and young adults in early learning, K-12, and college, career, and technical education. Investment priorities include addressing current gaps in the education system, and improving outcomes, for historically underserved youth through increasing and improving access to early learning facilities, culturally relevant youth programs, and college and career access and supports. Resources may be available for capital and operational costs depending on the intended use of the funds. Resources are allocated through a competitive request for proposals (RFPs) process. Learn more and look for current funding opportunities on the PSTAA website