King County announces series of youth sports grants worth $3.6 million

King County Executive Dow Constantine on Tuesday (jan. 30) announced a series of youth sports grants totaling $3.6 million – including $60,000 to Kent Youth and Family Services.

The grants increase opportunities and access for young people to engage in healthy physical activity through new or improved facilities or programs, especially those serving under-resourced communities.

“From new sports fields in North Bend to a mountain biking program in Auburn, these grants will not only support traditional sports, but will open opportunities and improve access for youth wanting to enjoy more active lifestyles,” said King County Parks Director Kevin Brown.

The Youth and Amateur Sports Grants program evaluates programs and projects based on community need, with an emphasis on projects in underserved areas with low- to moderate-income families and higher health disparities.

“These grants support healthier communities by providing more places and more pathways for kids to play and be active,” said King County Council Chair Joe McDermott. “This is especially important in neighborhoods that have been historically under-resourced, so there is a focus on addressing disparities to access and facilities.”

The grants, which range from $6,750 to $250,000, are administered by the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Parks and Recreation Division.

The program is funded and sustained through a 1 percent car-rental tax authorized by the Legislature in 1993. Funds can only be used for programs or capital projects that increase access to health-enhancing physical activities.

Formerly called the Youth Sports Facilities Grants, King County has awarded roughly $15 million in grants since the program’s inception in 1993, creating nearly 350 new or renovated youth sports facilities throughout the county.

In 2017, the King County Council restructured the program, providing Council-directed grants, as well as competitive grants, to non-profit organizations, local governments, and school districts. Funding is available for sports and recreation programs, as well as for capital improvement projects.

For more information on the program, please visit www.kingcounty.gov/parks/sportsgrants.

The grant awards for 2018 are:

Associated Recreation CouncilGreen Lake Community Boathouse$100,000
Auburn Parks and RecreationREC Riders- Mountain Bike$40,000
Auburn Parks and RecreationGame Farm Park-Field Lighting$175,000
Auburn School DistrictWashington Elementary Playground$37,000
Bellevue Parks and RecreationCrossroads Multi-Sport Area$110,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of King CountyRainier Vista Soccer (Rainier Valley)$6,750
Children’s Therapy CenterSpecial Needs Fitness Center$19,000
Kirkland Parks and RecreationFinn Hill School Playfields$86,000
Communities In Schools of RentonSkyway Access to Sports$14,718
Des Moines Parks and RecreationSummer Fun in the Sun$23,000
Des Moines Parks and RecreationPlay for All Project$245,000
George Pocock Rowing FoundationAfter-School Youth Rowing Club (south Seattle)$40,885
Highline Public SchoolsEvergreen Turf Field$250,000
Kent Youth and Family ServicesKYFS Athletics Club$60,000
Nexus Youth and FamiliesSummer Nature Adventure Program (Enumclaw)$23,135
Northshore School DistrictInclusive Playground$35,000
Northwest Communities of BurmaNWCB Annual Soccer Tournament$15,840
Parkour VisionsParkour After-School Program$50,000
ReJoyce Fundamentals Academy“RA Fitness”$100,000
Sammamish Little LeagueBrock O’Conner Turf Project$120,000
School of Acrobatics and New Circus ArtsSANCA Social Circus Program (Georgetown)$48,000
Seattle Parks & RecreationSouth Park Soccer Program$44,525
Si View Metropolitan Park DistrictTollgate Park Sports Fields$275,000
Skyway SolutionsSkyway Recreation Program$100,000
Somali Youth & Family ClubEast African Sports Activity$47,000
SOS OutreachSOS Outreach Outdoors$14,000
The Salvation ArmySalvation Army White Center Gym$41,000
The Salvation ArmyWhite Center Youth Basketball$21,245
The Salvation ArmyWhite Center Youth Futsal$20,168
The Service BoardCore Winter Program$23,000
Up2Us SportsUp2Us Sports Youth Coaches$77,000
UpowerUpower: Functional Fitness$61,000
Urban Family Center AssociationSouth Seattle Youth Initiative$100,000
Vashon Lacrosse ClubVES Fields Lighting Project$250,000
Vashon Park DistrictBARC Skatepark Programs$36,000
Vashon Park DistrictAgren Ballfield Renovation$250,000
Washington Trails AssociationOutdoor Leadership Program$30,000
Washington Youth Soccer FoundationAuburn Mini-Pitches$100,000
Washington Youth Soccer FoundationKing County Soccer for Success$114,659
White Center Community Development AssociationWolverine Boosters Summer Camp$77,100
Whitewater Aquatics ManagementEvergreen Pool (White Center)$46,836
YMCA of Greater SeattleUniversity YMCA Aquatic Center$250,000
YMCA of Greater SeattleSnoqualmie PLAYeveryday$20,000