Unincorporated King County residents can receive grants for community projects

August 7, 2012

By Staff

King County leaders announced the latest step in the effort to remake outreach from county government to unincorporated-area residents — $60,000 in grants to accomplish community projects.

The program is meant to encourage more people in rural and unincorporated areas to become more engaged in the surrounding community. The county made the grants available for projects such as concerts, festivals, newsletters, training, signage and more.

“These one-time grants are aimed at helping enhance communication, improve neighborhoods and bring new amenities to the residents of unincorporated King County,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement.

On the Web

Find more information about the community service area proposal and the grant program at King County Executive Dow Constantine’s community service areas website, www.kingcounty.gov/exec/community-service-areas.aspx.

Citizens can receive onetime project grants of less than $5,000. Officials said grant proposals should demonstrate how activities can engage as many residents as possible, regardless of race, income or language.

The county also requires a minimum match of 25 percent of total project cost. Officials encouraged residents to make the match through cash or in-kind services, and include resources from project partners and contributors.

The announcement came as the King County Council considered Constantine’s proposal to change the way county government and unincorporated-area residents interact.

The county could carve unincorporated neighborhoods — including Four Creeks and Klahanie just outside Issaquah — into a series of community service areas. The areas include communities without any unincorporated area council representation under the existing arrangement, such as Klahanie and the Snoqualmie Valley.

The proposal is the latest in a yearslong effort to change the way county government and unincorporated communities interact. Constantine characterized the effort as a reform measure to ease access to government for residents in rural and unincorporated areas.

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