King County CSA grants awarded

Last week, King County awarded $90,000 in grants for volunteer-led events and projects on Vashon and in other unincorporated areas.

The Community Service Area (CSA) grants required the community organizations that received them to match at least one-quarter of the total project costs. The projects must be accessible to all residents in the community, regardless of race, income or language spoken. Alan Painter, manager of CSA Program, spoke about the applications for the grant program, now its seventh year.

“We received a record number of grant applications from across unincorporated King County and are pleased that we were able to fund a record number of the projects. Local residents showed they are creatively bringing their neighbors together with thoughtful and fun activities,” he said.

On Vashon, the grants totalled $13,520 and were provided for the following organizations and projects.

• Backbone Campaign — Backbone Meaningful Movies, which focus on social issues and human dignity: $1,000.

• Vashon Alliance to Reduce Substance Abuse — Clean- up day at the central business district, parks and beach areas: $820.

• Vashon Island Chorale — Legacy concert: $1,000.

• Vashon Island Growers Association — Interactive educational board game about hunger and food insecurity: $1,000.

• Vashon-Maury Community Food Bank — Documentary video of food bank customers: $1,000.

• Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust — Signage at Fisher Pond and Christensen Pond: $1,000.

• Vashon Senior Center — Cycling Without Age project: $1,000.

• Vashon Nature Center — Community engagement in salmon habitat restoration: $1,500.

• Vashon Park District Concert stage and tent for summer concerts in the park — $1,200.

• Vashon Youth & Family Services — Music-themed children’s outreach community event: $1,500.

• Voice of Vashon — Are You Ready emergency preparedness campaign: $1,000.

• Zero Waste Vashon— Education and outreach activities; $1,500.