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Seattle Community Partnership Grant

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Community Organizations,
and Tribes for Environmental Equity and Stewardship

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King Conservation District (KCD) and City of Seattle

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10/19/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Washington nonprofits, community organizations, and tribal agencies in eligible areas to protect natural resources and promote environmental equity. Funding is intended to support education and outreach, capacity building, pilot or demonstration projects, and direct improvement of natural resource conditions. Focus is placed on populations disproportionately affected by systematic racism, such as People of Color, Black, and Indigenous communities. Eligible projects must be within the boundaries of Seattle City limits, or pre-approved locations that are outside City limits, such as unincorporated areas of Seattle or other Seattle-owned properties.

The COVID-19 pandemic does not change the need for improved natural resources and access to healthy food and open space, and in many cases, it amplifies that need. The focus of this year’s grant round continues to be investing in natural resource improvements that are led by or in deep partnership with communities disproportionately impacted by environmental injustice and systematic racism. COVID-19 has also disproportionately impacted many of the same communities. This year’s grant will also take into consideration unique needs to continue doing this work amidst a pandemic.

It is important that these projects are led by or in deep partnership with Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color communities. Projects that reach immigrants/refugees, youth, seniors, people with low incomes, and people with limited English proficiency are also encouraged.

Projects must address at least one equity and environment goal, one natural resource priority area, and one natural resource action. The following section provides an overview of each category.

Natural Resource Priority Areas:

  • Manage Stormwater with Green Infrastructure
  • Protect and Restore Creeks, Shorelines, and Wetlands
  • Build Healthy Soil
  • Support the Urban Forest
  • Support a Sustainable Food System

For more details on Natural Resource Priority Areas, see the Guidelines:

Natural Resource Improvement Actions:

  • Direct Improvement of Natural Resource Conditions: Improve landscape and natural conditions through direct action that enhances water quality, protects and conserves soils, implements ecosystem restoration and preservation projects.
  • Education and Outreach: Raise awareness, deepen knowledge, and change behaviors to practice exemplary stewardship of natural resources.
  • Pilot and Demonstration Projects: Test and/or improve concepts and/or approaches in natural resource management that can be replicated by others.
  • Capacity Building: Enhance the knowledge, skills, tools, support systems, partnerships, community connections, and technical resources to implement exemplary best management practices and deliver natural resource management actions equitably.

Equity and Environment Goals:

  • Healthy Environments for All: Seattle ensures clean, healthy, resilient, and safe environments in the places where communities of color, immigrants, refugees, people with low-incomes, youth, and limited-English proficient individuals live, learn, work, and play.
  • Jobs, Local Economies, and Youth Pathways: Communities of color, immigrants, refugees, people with low-incomes, youth, and limited-English proficiency individuals have pathways out of poverty through green careers, including careers related to environmental policy and program development.
  • Environmental Narrative and Community Leadership: The environmental movement is led by and centered on the stories and experiences of communities of color, immigrants, refugees, people with low incomes, youth, and limited English-proficiency individuals.

For more details on Equity and Environmental Goals, see the Guidelines:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143095

Estimated Size of Grant:

All applicants are limited to a total request amount of no more than $75,000. There is no minimum request limit.

Term of Contract:

Funding is intended to support projects that start in 2021. Multi-year projects are allowed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Established nonprofit, community and tribal organizations are eligible to apply. Groups without nonprofit status but with a fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply. The fiscal sponsor organization must submit the application.

Projects must be within the boundaries of Seattle City limits, or pre-approved locations that are outside City limits, such as unincorporated areas of Seattle or other Seattle-owned properties.

If equipment is part of your grant request, the equipment must be directly related to the project activities. Examples of equipment items that are ineligible for funding include computer equipment such as laptops, desktops, tablets, cellular and land-line telephones, and other office equipment as determined. Please check with KCD in advance of requesting funding for equipment.

Projects and activities that are ineligible for funding:
- Acquisition of real property or land.
- Maintenance of existing facilities (excluding trails), improvements to non-natural areas of parks or existing recreational facilities, such as park benches, shelters, and sidewalks.
- Projects that are duplicative of similar existing efforts in a specific community or area.
- Projects that extend unfinished activities and have not spent down funds from a project previously funded by a KCD grant are not eligible for funding. However, projects requesting funds for the next phase of a project are eligible and will be required to submit additional information with their proposal. Contact KCD staff Jessica Saavedra to discuss eligibility.
- Projects with an intellectual property connection, personal, or commercial monetary advancement of a company, organization or individual where outcomes of the project will not be accessible by the public.
- Certain disposable supplies or "giveaways" (such as erasers, straws, stickers, or other disposable toys) also are not eligible expenses.

Pre-proposal Conference:

KCD and Seattle's Office of Sustainability and Environment invite interested applicants to attend an information session to learn about and ask questions about the 2020 grant process and learn the qualities of a strong proposal. Interested community groups and organizations are encouraged to attend, but attendance is not required.

Information session dates:
- Wednesday, September 30, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
- Friday, October 2, 10:30 - 11:30

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by October 19, 2020 using KCD’s online grant portal.

The 2020 grant round has been delayed due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. KCD has shortened the application process to a one-step application and prioritized distributing funds by January 2021.


- Funding opportunity released: September 21, 2020
- Information sessions (webinars): September 30 and October 2, 2020
- One-on-one technical assistance sessions (applicants can schedule 15-20-minute sessions with grant staff): September 21- October 14, 2020
- Grant application submission deadline: October 19, 2020 by 5:00 PM
- Optional virtual presentations: November 9 - November 20th, 2020
- Review and scoring of applications, City of Seattle sends recommended proposals to KCD for review: December 2020 - January 2021
- Grant Awards Announced, contracting begins: January - February 2021

Optional Virtual Presentations:
The KCD Seattle Community Partnership Grant includes an option to bring your project to life by presenting to the grant review committee. This is optional and would be in addition to the required online written application. Interpreters will be provided free of cost for those in need of this support. Applicants that choose to do a presentation will not be scored differently than those that opt out of the optional presentation.

All applications for projects on property owned by an entity other than the applicant must include a Letter of Permission from the landowner at the time the application is due, or the project will not be eligible for consideration. If a project will be on land (such as parks and/or rights-of-way) owned by the City of Seattle or another public agency, the grant application’s Letter of Permission must come from the specific land-owning department or agency. All Letters of Permission must explicitly give permission for use and be signed and dated. Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the process of requesting a Letter of Permission from the applicable landowner as soon as possible.

Leveraging or matching with other funds is not required, but it is encouraged.

Grants are paid on a reimbursement basis.

Only one application per nonprofit organization per grant round is allowed, except if the nonprofit organization is serving as a fiscal sponsor for multiple groups.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, please contact:

Jessica Saavedra
(425) 773-9065

Alyssa Patrick
(206) 254-5451

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