King County Rural Community Partnership Grants


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The Rural Community Partnership Grants (RCPG) is a community service of the Rural Drainage Program of the King County Water and Land Resources Division. It provides small grants to work in collaboration with the county to solve drainage, water quality or habitat problems in rural King County, WA.

Funding Interests

The fund is interested in water quality programs including filtering storm water through vegetated swales and naturalized retention ponds, reducing down-cutting of streambeds and enlisting rural residents to minimize their impact on surface water through landscaping and gardening practices.

Geographic Focus

Projects must be inside the Rural Drainage Program Service Area, exclusive of incorporated areas (unless approved by the Water and Land Resource Division). A map is available on the fund's website.


Types of Support

Project and operating.

Grant Size

$500 to $35000

Requirements & Limitations

Applications are welcome from schools, special districts (such as utility districts), Native American Tribes, local governments and private non-profit organizations. The proposed project should include the following:

  • Protect or restore water quality or water dependent habitat, or address a drainage issue;
  • Foster community stewardship by engaging community volunteers;
  • Leverage resources; a minimum of 10 percent cash match is required for awards more than $2,500;
  • Develop long-term partnerships; and
  • Provide a long-term benefit or assure continuity.

Additionally, individuals may not request grants of over $2,500. For additional limitations and application procedures, visit the website.

Application Process

There are three levels of funding and corresponding application processes: Micro Grant: for requests up to $500 or less; Small Change Grant: for requests of $2,500 or less;
Universal Grant: for grants over $2,500


The deadline for 2007 proposals was May 15. 2008 deadlines have not been posted yet.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: Groundswell NW, Ballard, WA
Amount: $1253
Purpose: The grant funded a tour of the Cedar River Watershed with educational stops starting at Salmon Bay and traveling east to the Cedar River Watershed Education Center. The tour is sensitizing Ballard residents to the watershed and serves as a means of recruiting and educating volunteers who will work on a variety of water quality and habitat projects in Ballard.<br><br>

Grant 2

Grantee: City of Snoqualmie, WA
Amount: $35000

Kimball Creek flows through farmland and residential areas before it reaches the Snoqualmie, and has degraded water quality. The City of Snoqualmie is developing and implementing a water quality monitoring and improvement plan to address these water quality problems. Mount Si High School and University of Washington students are participating in water quality planning, research, sampling, testing and analysis as a part of their class work. Other groups involved in community education and stream restoration include the Meadowbrook Farm Preservation Association and the Snoqualmie Rotary Club.

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