Fairwood and West Hill groups receive grants for volunteer-driven projects, events

Nearly 65 community events and projects will be expanded in unincorporated communities with King County grants.

Groups from Fairwood and West Hill received a King County grant that is helping community organizations in unincorporated areas to expand volunteer-driven projects.

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced Feb. 7 that 65 volunteer-led community events and projects that will be expanded with grants of up to $3,000 each.

The Community Service Area Grants enhance projects and events such as First Aid classes, local music events, salmon habitat restoration, emergency preparedness, purchase a refrigerator for a food bank and more, according to a press release.

From Fairwood, the Candlewood Ridge and Carriage Wood Homeowner’s Association received $2,500 for play equipment and a basketball court. Fairwood Greens Homeowner’s Association received $2,000 for a neighborhood day event. Forest Estates Homeowner’s Association received $2,500 for playground replacement. Woodside Homeowner’s Association received $1,400 for National Night Out.

From the West Hill community, King Conservation District received $1,000 for their community garden. Skyway Solutions received $2,500 for Skyway-West Hill parade and community block party. Urban Family Center Association received $2,000 for a block party. West Hill Community Association received $3,100 for outdoor cinema event, Halloween eve event and West Hill action mob.

Community organizations are required to match at least one quarter of the total project costs. The projects must be accessible to all residents, regardless of race, income, or language spoken.

“Volunteer-driven projects that refurbish playgrounds and pools, restore forest trails, and add street lights make our communities safer, more vibrant, and better connected,” said Constantine in the release. “Our investments will catalyze the work led by volunteers so it benefits more people throughout King County.”