Port of Seattle Accepting Applications for Community Funding

The South King County Fund Environmental Grants Program supports projects that improve the environment. Photo via the Port of Seattle.

The Port of Seattle is encouraging community organizations to apply for up to $20,000 in grants geared to improving the environment in South King County.

The port has set aside $385,000 for its South King County Fund Environmental Grants Program, which seeks to fund projects that expands access to green space and raise livability in the Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila neighborhoods.

“Community-led projects are now a critical part of the port’s sustainability strategy to reduce emissions, reduce environmental impact, and improve quality of life for communities closest to operations,” Port Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck said. “The South King County Fund helps address longstanding environmental inequities, and puts community needs at the center of our strategy.”

Projects must be on public property and applicants must show a 3:1 match (meaning the grantee must match $3 for every $1 given from the port) either by volunteer time, attendees, tree plantings or other eligible options.

Applicants have until 1 p.m. on Oct. 15 to turn in their proposals. More information is available at https://www.portseattle.org/programs/south-king-county-fund-environmental-grants-program.

By Karen Robes Meeks