A couple of years ago the City set aside a small amount of funding in the budget to be available for neighborhoods in Kent to submit grant requests for small projects in their neighborhood.
The grant funding was set up to encourage re-investment in City neighborhoods and support projects that promote neighborhood identity and neighborhood pride — e.g., a new neighborhood sign, median plantings, block party, community garden, park bench, etc.
The idea was based on a belief that a couple of hundred dollars “here and there” in a city block can add up and contribute to a sense of belonging to a neighborhood that matters — of living in a place that you’re happy to call home.
Neighborhoods will always be the lifeblood of a community and while the downtown is our economic engine, it’s our neighborhoods where community happens.
We’ve worked hard to be a catalyst for economic redevelopment downtown and we’re working equally hard to be a catalyst for neighborhood rediscovery. The grant program is one small piece of the city’s neighborhood enrichment strategy.
The staff report that they have 3 grants lined up so far in 2015 but they have a little bit of funding left and they will continue to accept project requests through August (or until the funding runs out). Here’s the 2015 projects funded to date: