The City of Seattle awarded grants to nine community projects serving neighborhoods along the Duwamish River. As part of the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund, these projects will help to increase the sustainability of the neighborhoods impacted by the Superfund clean-up. The projects will begin this year and will continue into 2019.
2018 Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Awards
- $29,585 to Duwamish Valley Safe Streets to implement A Safe & Healthy Route to Connect Communities & Commerce in Duwamish Valley project. This project will create opportunities for Georgetown and South Park residents to participate and engage in the design and activation of the trail route.
- $50,000 to the South Park Information and Resource Center to provide outreach, education, advocacy and direct services to Duwamish area residents to prevent displacement and support advocacy efforts for regulations to protect the most vulnerable individuals in the region.
- $50,000 to the Mini Mart City Park to purchase and install an environmental remediation system as part of ongoing efforts to transform a former gas station into a pocket park and arts-oriented community center in Georgetown.
- $29,978 to the Together We Can Take Care of Our Duwamish River project to educate Duwamish Valley fishermen about the health consequences of consuming contaminated fish from the Superfund area.
- $14,500 to the Georgetown Open Space Committee to help community groups, local non-profits, and local government agencies conduct effective outreach to the Georgetown community.
- $28,478 to the Duwamish Rowing Club to recruit a group of local youth, ages 12 to 18, teach them the sport of rowing and prepare them to participate in three local rowing regattas.
- $40,000 to the Concord International School PTA to mitigate food and housing insecurity, provide subsidies for field trips and other learning activities, and allow the Board to focus on capacity-building, advocacy, and community organizing.
- $7,459 to the Georgetown Super 8 Group to host the Super 8 Film Festival which seeks to foster dialogue, create a shared experience, and ensure representation of diverse community voices through the medium of amateur Super 8 film.
- $11,561 to Triangle Associates to provide Community Participation stipends to community members who participate in the Lower Duwamish Waterway Roundtable. This award will also be used to hire community residents as interpreters and translators, in addition to offering childcare and food at Roundtable meetings.
To learn more about the fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/duwamish-river-opportunity-fund. For questions, call 206-256-5947 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund
The City of Seattle is working to make the Superfund cleanup of the Duwamish River result in the optimum outcome for the river and its adjacent neighborhoods. In addition to its commitment to the clean-up efforts, the City recognizes that the communities along the Duwamish have many needs. To address some of these, the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund was created in 2014 to enhance existing programs and support new ones. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods manages the fund.