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The voter-approved 2020-2025 Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Levy allocates approximately $110 million over six years for grants for parks, recreation, and open space throughout King County through four program areas.

Applications open

The grant applications for the Parks Capital and Open Space and the Aquatic Facilities programs are open. Applications are due October 15.

To apply visit this application link. We recommend you review the program summaries [see below] before proceeding with the application.

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2021-22 Grant Program Funding

  • Parks Capital and Open Space      $9.5 million
  • Aquatic Facilities                            $13 million
  • Targeted Equity                              $3.8 million
  • Open Space River Corridors          $8.5 million

Contact Info:
For program questions, please contact Butch Lovelace
For technical questions, please contact Francisco Valladares

Grant Programs

Parks Capital and Open Space Grants

Funds a broad range of park initiatives, including land acquisition, park planning, and development of passive and active parks (including indoor and outdoor recreation facilities) and local trails. Program goals include protecting lands for public space that would otherwise be lost to future development and expanding recreation facilities to meet the needs of the region's growing population. 

Eligible Organizations:

  • Cities and towns in King County
  • Metropolitan Park Districts geographically located in King County

Preview application:
Parks Capital Open Space

Learn more:
Parks Capital and Open Space Grant Summary
Parks Capital and Open Space Grant FAQs
Parks Capital and Open Space Grant Council Adopted Guidelines

Contact: Butch Lovelace

Aquatic Facilities Grants

Funds capital projects for new or existing aquatic facilities, including acquisition, planning, construction of new facilities, or renovation or expansion of existing facilities. Program goals include conserving and expanding access to aquatic facilities in King County.

Eligible Organizations:

  • Cities and towns in King County
  • Metropolitan Park Districts geographically located in King County
  • School Districts
  • Other public entities that own public aquatic facilities

      Preview application:
      2021 Aquatic Center Grant

      Learn more:
      Aquatics Facilities Grant Summary

      Aquatics Facilities Grant FAQs

      Aquatics Facilities Grant Council Adopted Guidelines

      Contact: Butch Lovelace

      Targeted Equity Grants

      Funds projects and programs that provide new, increased, or enhanced access to recreation, parks, and open space in underserved and historically excluded communities, including investing in capacity-building for community-based organizatons. Program goals include reducing disparities and improving the health and well-being of King County residents in underserved and historically excluded communities by increasing access to parks, open space, and recreation opportunities.

      Eligible Organizations:

      • Tribal organizations serving residents of King County
      • Non-profit organizations (and organizations with a fiscal sponsor)
      • Cities and towns in King County
      • King County

      Learn more:
      Targeted Equity Grant Summary (coming soon)
      Targeted Equity Grant FAQs (coming soon)
      Targeted Equity Grant Council Adopted Guidelines (coming soon)

      Contact: Grace Chai

      Open Space - River Corridors Grants

      Funds projects that restore river habitat, reduce risks from flooding, and enhance recreation opportunities. Program goal includes enhancing river corridors in King County for their ecological and recreation benefits.

      Eligible Organizations:
      • Non-profit organizations
      • Tribal organizations serving residents of King County
      • Cities and towns in King County
      • King County
      • Port districts
      • Flood control districts
      • Diking and drainage districts
      • Conservation districts
      • Salmon recovery forums

      Learn more:
      Open Space - River Corridors Grant Summary (coming soon)
      Open Space - River Corridors Grant FAQs (coming soon)
      Open Space - River Corridors Grant Council Adopted Guidelines

      Contact: Kelly Heintz