Community Response and Equitable Development Fund
The Seattle Parks Foundation will be working on their Community Response and Equitable Development Fund, a new public fund that will distribute $3.5 million a year though the Seattle Parks District to grow the grow the capacity of local organizations and communities, enhance parkland and green spaces, and improve access to recreation facilities and relevant programs in under-severed and underrepresented neighborhoods.
The fund will distribute $21 million over six years, targeting communities identified through the green space access mapping conducted by the Office of Community Planning and Development. The Community Response and Equitable Development Fund will be the first city funding entirely dedicated to redressing historic comminutes of color in Seattle, it will also function without predetermined spending targets. A key tenant of this fund will be openness and responsiveness to the needs identified by community members themselves.
The Seattle Parks Foundation which supports more than 80 community groups, working together to make parks happen throughout Seattle will deploy its “community partner network” to advocate through the budget process to be sure the fund is part of the 2021 Park District budget, with distribution of the fund over the course of the next five years.