Conservation Futures (CFT)
Match Waiver for Opportunity Area projects
The Conservation Futures grant program can provide a “match waiver” for Opportunity Area projects, which means that CFT funding could pay 100% of the eligible project acquisition costs.
There are many neighborhoods in which the past history of inequities, discrimination, injustices, and limited regional investment is evident today and affects the daily life of the residents. Providing a match waiver is intended to help “eliminate disparities in access to public open spaces and trails in communities with the greatest and most acute needs.” (cited from the King County Land Conservation Advisory Group, Final Report). This program is part of the equity focus of the King County Land Conservation Initiative.
Qualifying as an Opportunity Area
A project may qualify for a match waiver if it is determined to be in an Opportunity Area. There are two ways to qualify as an Opportunity Area.
MEET THREE MAPPED CRITERIA
The map image to the right shows the areas of the county that meet three mapped criteria:
- in the lowest 1/3 of census tracts for income,
- in the highest 1/3 of ZIP codes for hospitalization rates,
- and lack open space access within ¼ mile in an urban area, or within 2 miles in a rural area.
QUALITATIVE METHOD/“TELL US YOUR STORY”
Projects located outside of the mapped areas also can qualify, if you can tell us how the people served by your project disproportionately experience limited open space access and demonstrated hardships (such as income, health, social or environmental factors; sometimes described as a lack of some of the Determinants of Equity). You can get a data report from Ingrid Lundin or by using our interactive map viewer.
Key Steps for Applicants
- Please contact Ingrid Lundin, Conservation Futures Coordinator, to discuss your project. We can provide a Data Report that tells you if you meet the three mapped criteria, and provide a number of additional data points which can help you make the case that your project is located in an Opportunity Area. You can generate a data report using the interactive map viewer. The Supporting Materials for Data Report handout also provides links to other relevant sources of information.
- Match waiver/opportunity area projects must show community engagement, and applicants need to include two letters of support with the application. The Committee wants to see engagement at the local/neighborhood level, involving the nearby communities or population that would be served by the area, and/or community groups or nonprofits associated with those populations.
- All applicants for the match waiver/opportunity area determination must submit "Supplemental Form #1" on the application.
- When you meet with the Committee, please be prepared to talk about how your local government is working on equitable community development and preventing displacement of residents in the neighborhood where you propose to add greenspace.