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The 2023 Request for Applications is open!

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We are now accepting applications for the following grant programs:

  • Aquatic Facilities
  • Parks Capital and Open Space
  • Open Space – River Corridors
  • Healthy Communities and Parks Fund

Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2023.

 

Next Steps for Applicants

  • Review the 2023 Parks Levy Grant Guidelines (PDF) (web version) or the grant program sections below for details about funding, eligibility criteria, applying, and the evaluation process, and for previews of each application.

  • Register for a webinar where you can learn more about specific grants and ask questions. See below for dates, times, and registration.

  • Join our email list to receive updates about these and other grants.

  • Visit the new Parks Grants online grant portal to begin or continue an application.

  • NOTICE TO PREVIOUS APPLICANTS AND CURRENT GRANTEES

    King County Parks has launched a new Parks Grants Foundant portal. Existing user accounts and organization profiles from the Levy Grant Foundant portal and YASG Foundant portal have been transferred to this new Parks Grants portal.

    Status updates and instructions will be sent to existing users throughout the process.  



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Grant Programs

Aquatic Facilities Grants

About This Grant Program 
The Aquatic Facilities grant program helps communities preserve and increase public access to public pools as our region grows and existing facilities become obsolete or reach capacity. This grant program funds activities related to the renovation or expansion of existing facilities, or construction of new aquatic facilities in King County.

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  • $44 million in total funding 2020-2025
  • $12.4 million in available funding in 2023
  • Awards up to $5 million
  • Biennial application (2023 and 2025)
Eligible Applicants 

  • City or town
  • School District
  • Park District
  • Other public entities that own public aquatic facilities

Eligible Project Types 

  • Acquisition
  • Feasibility Study
  • Planning and Design
  • Construction

Examples of Funded Projects

  • Renovations to the Enumclaw Aquatic Center to improve accessibility for more community members
  • Construction of a new public indoor aquatic center in North Bend designed to support a diverse range of programming for all ages and abilities in Snoqualmie Valley
  • Feasibility study for a North King County aquatic center to serve the Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, and Shoreline communities
  • View the full list of 2022 funded projects in the Aquatic Facilities grant program 

Learn More

Parks Capital and Open Space Grants

Grant Purpose 
The Parks Capital and Open Space grant program supports a range of projects that expand and improve recreation opportunities for the region’s growing population, including the development of active and passive recreation and trail facilities, and the acquisition of open space for future public parks. 
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  • $25 million in total funding 2020-2025
  • $9.9 million in available funding in 2023
  • Awards up to $1 million
  • Biennial application (2023 and 2025)

 Eligible Applicants 

  • City or town
  • Park District

Eligible Project Types 

  • Acquisition
  • Feasibility Study
  • Planning and Design
  • Construction

Examples of Funded Projects

  • Enhancing amenities at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton, including ADA accessible waterfront picnic floats
  • Building a main entrance with parking at Jenkins Creek Park in Covington, along with other improvements to increase access, safety, and environmental quality
  • A design to develop a teen and senior center in Tukwila, incorporating multigenerational community engagement efforts to create recreation, gathering spaces and gardens in Tukwila
  • View the full list of 2022 funded projects in the Parks Capital and Open Space grant program

Learn More

Open Space - River Corridors Grants

Grant Purpose 

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 (2023 and 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.

River_Corridors_-_Snoqualmie_River_300pEligible 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 list of 2022 funded projects in the Open Space - River Corridors grant program

Learn More

Healthy Communities and Parks Fund 

Grant Purpose 

The Healthy Communities & Parks Fund (HCPF), part of the Targeted Equity Grant Program, supports projects that increase access to recreation and use of parks, open spaces, and recreational facilities in underserved areas and communities. This grant program intends to reduce health disparities in various underserved communities and invest in their capacities to meet the unique needs of their residents.

  • $10 million in total funding 2020-2025 
  • $1.4 million in available funding in 2023
  • Awards up to $250,000
  • Annual application (2023, 2024, 2025)

Children jumping between wood platforms in a circle with their teacher in the middleHCPF Tier 1

  • Awards up to $15,000
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis,
    based on available funding
  • Priority deadlines: February 28, April 30, July 31

HCPF Tier 2

  • Awards between $15,000 and $250,000
  • Applications are due on March 15, 2023

Eligible Applicants 

  • City or Town
  • King County Agency
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Tribal organization
  • Fiscally-sponsored organization

Eligible Project Types 

  • Acquisition
  • Feasibility Study
  • Planning and Design
  • Construction
  • Programs
  • Community Capacity Building

Examples of Funded Projects

  • Improving access to Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands by extending open hours, installing ADA trails, adding site amenities that include signage and expanded u-pick gardens, and enhancing site stewardship

  • Renovating and improving the popular areas bordering the playfields of Garfield Park with historic and culturally relevant public art installations, site furnishings, a loop path, ADA ramps, inclusive play equipment, safety upgrades, and a new restroom facility
  • Connecting the Latino/Latina/Latinx immigrant community in South King County with culturally relevant, multilingual parks, recreation, and outdoor opportunities through youth soccer programs, summer camps, and parent advocacy
  • View the full list of 2022 funded projects in the Healthy Communities and Parks Fund grant program

Learn More

Grant Application and Capacity Building Consulting
This assistance is available at no cost to support smaller organizations (fewer than 20 full-time equivalent staff and an annual operating budget of less than $4 million.) Click here to learn more and submit a request.

About Parks Grants
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.

These levy grant programs are supported by Advisory Committees that provide policy guidance and award recommendations to King County Parks. Click here to see current committee rosters. If you’re interested in serving on an advisory committee in the future, please submit an interest form.

 

ParksGrants@kingcounty.gov
(206) 848-0699