Gov. Inslee recently announced that close to $1.5 million in grants are being awarded to employ veterans and help kids connect with nature at the same time. The grants will go to programs in 18 counties across Washington.

“Some of my best childhood memories are of being outside,” Inslee said. “Many of our kids don’t get that opportunity today. That’s why these local programs are so important. When children spend time outside, so many good things happen. Kids can improve their health and their grades. And that’s a win for all of us.”

Several of the counties that received awards were in the South Sound, including:

  • King County- $341,806
  • Kitsap County- $75,000
  • Lewis County- $25,525
  • Mason County- $86,090
  • Pierce County- $225,181
  • Thurston County- $53,143

South Sound grants include $53,150 to Pierce County’s Providing Outdoor Experiences for Court-Assisted Teens program; $74,000 to recent Thurston EDC award-winner GRuB’s Getting Teens Farming in Thurston and Pierce Counties program; $32,286 to Puget Sound Estuarium’s Providing Ways for Kids to Explore, Connect, and Be Inspired with Puget Sound program in Mason and Thurston Counties; and many more.

A full list of the programs awarded 2018 No Child Left Inside grants, by county, is available here.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission awards the No Child Left Inside grants. The grants are aimed at supporting at-risk youth with outdoor recreation programs. Approximately 23,000 kids will benefit.

Close to one-third of the 39 projects awarded employ veterans, which is especially important in the South Sound. The Legislature approved half a million dollars more for No Child Left Inside in the next biennium budget.

For more information on No Child Left Inside, including how to apply for the grants, visit the grant program website.