The deadline to apply for conservation futures funding for the acquisition of parks and open space was extended due to impacts of the COVID-19 public health crisis on Kitsap County operations. Submissions are now due August 30, 2020.
The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners approved a one-time competitive process for cities, non-profits and other organizations to access conservation futures funding for acquisition of parks and open space. Approved January 27, 2020, the resolution establishes eligibility, application requirements, process and scoring criteria for this funding. Up to $100,000 is available per project.
Applications may be submitted to acquire open space, farm and agricultural property or timberland for future public use. Eligible applicants include cities, metropolitan park districts, non-profit historic preservation corporations and non-profit conservation organizations.
Applications will be scored against multiple criteria including the property's near-term risk of conversion, public access opportunities, inclusion in regional open space or preservation plans, and viability of long-term maintenance.
The revised deadline for applications for this funding is August 30, 2020 with funding decisions made by the Board of County Commissioners in January 2021. The Board will be limited to approving up to $300,000 in total awards. Revised application and review timelines are available at www.kitsapgov.com/parks.
For more information, please contact Travis Buell, Assistant Director, Kitsap County Parks Department, at (360)337-5358 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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