Each year King Conservation District (KCD) provides funds through the Seattle Community Partnership Grant Program to improve natural resources and advance environmental equity. The Office of Sustainability and Environment partners with KCD on the application process which opened this week. The 2020 deadline to apply is Monday, October 19. Organizations seeking to improve natural resources and advance environmental equity can learn more and apply here.
OSE and KCD staff are offering technical assistance to help project leaders fine tune project ideas and submit a strong application. Additionally, OSE is offering two online information sessions to learn more about the application and project review process.
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. We know COVID-19 has also disproportionately impacted many of the same communities. This year’s grant will take into consideration unique needs to continue doing natural resource and environmental justice work amidst a pandemic.
Projects must focus on equity and the environment, addressing at least one natural resource priority area and related action and at least one Equity and Environment Initiative strategy. You can see an overview of these requirements here.
Jessica has managed the Member Jurisdiction and WRIA Grant Programs at KCD since March 2007. Jessica has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish and graduate level education in the fields of Public Administration, Urban Planning, and Facilitation and Negotiation. She is an experienced program manager responsible for tracking millions of dollars in grant funding with a successful track record of liaising with local governments, nonprofits, and watershed groups on natural resource conservation issues.