County seeks proposals for youth sports facilities

March 5, 2013

By Staff

Local youth sports organizations can apply for King County grants to build or upgrade recreation facilities.

The county Youth Sports Facilities Grants Program provides matching grant funds from $5,000 to $75,000. Past grant recipients include playgrounds and athletic fields, including the Issaquah Little League’s Dodd Fields near Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

Other local grant recipients in the Issaquah area include city-run Central Park in the Issaquah Highlands and county-run Duthie Hill Park in Sammamish.

Overall, officials awarded $12 million through the program in the past 20 years.

What to know

Submit applicants for King County Youth Sports Facilities Grants Program through June 21. The deadline for letters of intent is May 3. Find the application packet at http://1.usa.gov/gv92uF. Contact Program Manager Butch Lovelace at 206-263-6267 or butch.lovelace@kingcounty.gov to learn more.

The fund administrator, the county Parks and Recreation Division, is accepting applications from qualified groups. The applicants must partner with a public agency, such as a school district or city parks department, to develop or renovate sports facilities.

“Youth sports facility grants are a good deal for taxpayers and a great deal for the youth of King County,” King County Councilman Larry Phillips said in a statement. “They draw matching investments from communities for recreation and play areas, create livable neighborhoods, and give kids opportunities to be active.”

Funding for the program is generated through one-quarter of 1 percent of car rental taxes. The program also receives $25,000 annually from the Youth Sports Facilities Grants endowment established after the county sold a government-owned building.

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