The King Conservation District-Seattle Community Partnership Grant Program is a joint effort to support projects that achieve both KCD and City of Seattle priorities for natural resource improvement. Program priorities include education and outreach, capacity building, pilot and demonstration projects, and direct improvement of natural resources. Funding comes from per parcel rates and charges paid by Seattle property owners for the King Conservation District.
In 2013 KCD-Seattle Community Grants Program awarded $374,000 in grants to 15 organizations and agencies. These projects leverage more than $800,000 in other funds. Below is a list of the funded organizations with a brief description of their proposed projects:
City Fruit - Master Tree Fruit Steward Program $43,000
Develops a program to train volunteers in fruit tree care. Volunteers will provide hands-on support to Seattle property owners with fruit trees. Unused fruit can be donated to City Fruit’s food bank partners. The first stewards will be in the Rainer Valley, Phinney Ridge and West Seattle.
EarthCorps - Puget Sound Stewards Program $19,500
Expands recruitment, training and retention of volunteer stewards to lead outreach activities at four Duwamish River restoration sites, and in nearby neighborhoods.
Friends of the Burke Gilman through Seattle Parks Foundation - Northern Burke-Gilman Trail Restoration $25,300
Restores 1.5 miles of the Burke-Gilman Trail in northeast Seattle, including plants, new tools, volunteer work parties, community outreach and a plan to complete the remaining trail restoration.
Friends of Yesler Creek through Seattle Parks Foundation - Yesler Swamp Shoreline Restoration and Walkway $45,000
Restores 4,700 square feet of wetland near the University of Washington, including a public walkway, community outreach and education.
Solid Ground Lettuce Link Program - Lost Fork of Hamm Creek Stewardship Project $11,335
Restores the portion of Hamm Creek that runs by Marra Farm in South Park, including community cleanup work parties, educational materials, and signs.
Friends of Licorice Fern Natural Area through Thornton Creek Alliance - Licorice Fern Natural Area Habitat Restoration $17,635
Restores seven acres of deciduous forest along the North Branch of Thornton Creek, including planting and volunteer training.
Magnuson Community Center - Habitat Connections Field Trip Program $9,226
Provides Habitat Connections field trips and transportation to 2nd and 3rd grade classes in north Seattle, including hands on learning activities at the Magnuson Community Center native plant landscape.
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust - Discovery Park Capehart Restoration Project $43,000
Restores the 21-acre Capehart site at Discovery Park, including volunteer work parties and partnerships with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Carter Subaru and others.
Nature Consortium - Urban Forestry Summer Job Training Internship $23,100
Designs a summer-long intensive forest restoration job training internship for high school teens from groups under-represented in the environmental field. Location is West Duwamish Greenbelt.
Seattle Parks & Recreation - Jimi Hendrix Park Rain Gardens & Native Plant Butterfly Garden $9,604
Increases the 2012 KCD-funded project to expand the rain gardens and include a butterfly garden. The project is located in at the Northwest African American Museum in the Central District.
Seattle Department of Transportation - Neighborhood Beautification Tool Trailer $17,300
Provides a trailer with tools for regular use by community groups working with SDOT Urban Forestry Program. Trailer will include educational materials on landscaping best practices.
Stewardship Partners - Rain Gardens for Underserved Communities in South Seattle $40,000
Installs rain gardens or cisterns in south Seattle neighborhoods that could include Longfellow Creek, South Park, Beacon Hill and Rainier Valley.
Sustainable Seattle - Greening the Grounds: Holy Family Church and Parish $42,000
Supports the installation and community demonstration of green infrastructure features that will reduce rain water runoff and leverage the City’s RainWise and stormwater credit programs. The 13-acre site is in White Center.
University of Washington - Urban Pollination Project - $13,000
Supports research and conservation of native pollinators through education in schools, public workshops, YouTube videos, and experimental data gathering. Locations include community gardens.
YMCA Earth Service Corps - Stewardship, Watershed Restoration & Ecology Education $15,000
Funds a one-year, hands-on restoration program at West Seattle, Cleveland and Roosevelt High Schools. Students from each school will restore three project sites.
For additional information about the KCD-Seattle Community Partnership Grant Program contact:
Jessica Saavedra, Grant Program Manager
King Conservation District