Green Grants for Air & Water Quality Improvement and Salmon Habitat Restoration
Grant funding is available for community-based projects to restore air and water quality, reduce runoff and recover fish and wildlife habitat. King County Wastewater Treatment Division and the WRIA 9 Forum are eager to assist community groups, local government, schools, and non-profit organizations to fund projects and activities in the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA 9). Three different grant opportunities are available. Feel free to apply for one or more grant programs if your project qualifies. You can apply for all three!
Information about other projects and programs underway or planned in the watershed can be found in the WRIA 9 Salmon Habitat Plan. This information will serve as a guide as you develop your proposal, may give you ideas that improve your proposal, and may help suggest opportunities for cooperation. Scientific information that may help you develop a scientifically-sound proposal can be found in the Strategic Assessment and the WRIA 9 Habitat Limiting Factors and Reconnaissance Assessment Report.
Grant Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on June 7, 2013. Staff are available to answer your questions at GreenGrants@kingcounty.gov or by telephone at 206-296-8383.
Three Grant Programs Available
Grants selected for the Air & Water Quality Improvement Fund (grant #1 below) will be selected and administered by King County Wastewater Treatment Division. Grants selected through the other two programs (grants #2 and 3) will be recommended by the WRIA 9 Forum for approval to the King Conservation District through the Forum Grant program. These grant programs focus on salmon habitat protection and restoration, environmental education and community outreach anywhere in the Green/Duwamish watershed, including Vashon-Maury Island.
- Green Grants for Lower Duwamish Air and Water Quality Improvements
These grants are to help protect public health and the environment in communities surrounding the Lower Duwamish Waterway. Community groups, non-profit organizations, schools, tribes and local governments are invited to apply for grants to fund environmental projects that align with King County Wastewater Treatment Division's goals to control combined sewer overflows, enhance air quality, curb new and ongoing sources of pollution in the Duwamish and make improvements to habitat or water quality.
The total funding available is $108,000. There is no minimum grant award and the maximum award will be $50,000. Projects must be located within the Duwamish Water Quality Grant Area:
Examples of projects within this category include:
- Stormwater controls and practices that prevent contaminated stormwater from entering local waterways;
- Enhancing shoreline habitat through plantings of native vegetation;
- Outreach to local businesses and community to promote air and water quality goals; and
- Air quality improvements to sources of air pollution or projects that help solve air pollution.
- Small Grant Fund for Salmon Habitat and Restoration Projects
The WRIA 9 Watershed Ecosystem Forum is eager to support projects, programs, and studies that help improve conditions for salmon in the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA 9). The total funding available is $50,000 with no minimum grant award and a maximum award of $25,000. Projects or programs must be included in the WRIA 9 Salmon Habitat Plan and show a direct benefit to salmon habitat.
The following types of projects are encouraged:
- Removal of invasive weeds and revegetation using native plants along the Green/Duwamish River and tributary streams;
- Low impact development projects, such as fish-friendly docks and pervious pavement;
- Acquisition of parcels key to protecting important salmon habitat
- Large woody debris placement;
- Fish barrier surveys and barrier removal; and
- Stream, lake, wetland, and shoreline restoration.
- Education/Stewardship Fund for Salmon Habitat
Funding will be provided for stewardship programs and environmental education that support salmon recovery in the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA 9). A total of $50,000 is available with no minimum award and a maximum amount of $25,000. Projects within this category may be for environmental education or a combination of environmental education with an on-the-ground native planting or restoration component that includes community involvement.
The following types of projects are encouraged:
- Watershed and salmon education and science programs in the community;
- Stream, lake, wetland, or shoreline restoration project planning and site development;
- Maintenance of restoration sites, including weed control; and
- Livestock management, such as fencing.
Criteria for Small Grant, Stewardship, and Water Quality Applications
The following criteria will be used to guide the decision about whether to fund your proposal:
- Project technical merit (50 pts; 41 pt minimum required:
- Lower Duwamish Green Grants: Project leads to direct improvement in air or water quality (50 pts; 41 pt minimum required. Air quality projects or activities receive a bonus of 10 points):
- The proposal will reduce the amount and/or improve the air quality in the Duwamish area, or
- The proposal will improve knowledge about air quality emission sources in the Duwamish area, or
- The proposal will identify ways to educate citizens about air pollution exposure and to reduce the effects of exposure, or
- Your proposal will reduce the amount and/or improvement of the quality of runoff reaching the combined sewer system; or
- Your proposal will reduce the amount and/or improvement in the quality of runoff reaching the Duwamish Waterway; or
- Your proposal will result in improved stewardship in the watershed.
- Small Grant Fund: Your proposal will increase salmon habitat area or quality (0-50 points); or
- Stewardship Fund: Your proposal will result in improved stewardship in the watershed (0-50 points).
- Certainty of Success (30 pts; 25 pt minimum required:
- Your proposal is important to do now (0-15 points); and
- You demonstrate you are capable of implementing the proposal (0-15 points).
- Community Support (20 pts; 17 pt minimum required):
- Your proposal improves community participation and support for your project (0-20 points);
- Your proposal has matching funds. Matching funds are not required; however, applications will receive
Requests should be consistent with the following policies:
- Grants are within the designated funding amounts and have a high certainty of success:
- Targeted and preferred projects are small water quality or habitat restoration projects; and
- Projects should be able to be completed with the grant award or in combination with other funds.
- Proposals for monitoring projects must demonstrate that all owners and local governmental authorities of monitoring sites have agreed to the monitoring effort proposed, and that the monitoring is needed and not duplicating other efforts.
- The projects must not be required as mitigation for other activities.
- The Small Grant and Education/Stewardship fund applications must be consistent with the WRIA 9 Salmon Habitat Plan.
- Projects should be completed within one year of award.
Who Can Apply
For all grant programs, the applicants must be one of the following:
- Community and neighborhood groups;
- Private non-profit organization (501(c)3 status);
- Local government;
- School; and
- Businesses are encouraged to pursue partnerships with non-profit organizations or other qualified applicants (Duwamish Water Quality Improvement grants only).
How to Apply
You are welcome to apply for all three grant programs if your project(s) meet the criteria. If you are interested in submitting a grant for consideration, please e-mail a copy of the grant application and supporting documentation to GreenGrants@kingcounty.gov. Proposals submitted by email must be less than 10MB (megabytes). Please indicate in the subject line the grant program you are seeking for funding.
For Green Grants for Lower Duwamish Air and Water Quality Improvements, please use the Water Quality Grant application.
For Salmon Habitat and Restoration or Education and Stewardship for Salmon Habitat projects, please use the KCD Grant Application.
Be sure to include in your project description the following items:
- The project or program scope, budget (including any leveraged funds) and proposed schedule;
- Description of the salmon and wildlife habitat, stewardship, and/or water/air quality improvements that will result;
- Description of your certainty that the project will be successful; and
- Review of the community support expressed for the project.
How We will Evaluate Your Proposal
Your proposal will be evaluated using the criteria and grant policies listed above. Your proposal must score at least the minimum points per criterion to be eligible for funding.