Mayor Ed Murray today announced that Seattle Parks and Recreation will award $112,500 to 13 local agencies through the Get Moving Fund to support access to healthy recreational opportunities throughout the city.
“We are pleased to work with community organizations all across Seattle to bring fun and fitness programming to every neighborhood,” said Mayor Murray. “These groups foster and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our city. With their help, kids and adults will have better access to dance, sports and outdoors activities.”
The Get Moving Fund is a reimbursable grant from Seattle Parks and Recreation that supports local nonprofit organizations, small businesses and community groups in offering innovative and culturally relevant events and projects to increase participation in community sports, recreation and physical fitness activities that serve under-resourced communities. The goal of the Get Moving Fund is to increase participation and opportunities for physical activities, prioritizing neighborhoods where health disparities are prevalent.
This is the first year that Seattle Parks and Recreation is offering the Get Moving Fund. This year’s grant awards will support an array of projects and activities, including youth soccer programs, African Diaspora dance classes for girls and women, training for youth to be sports coaches and referees, and intergenerational father and son activities.
The following projects or agencies have been selected to receive Get Moving Fund grant awards:
- Fathers and Sons Together ($15,000) to support camps and intergenerational fathers-and-sons activities, primarily with African American communities.
- Latino Community Fund ($15,000) to develop community partnerships and trainings for youth to become coaches and referees.
- Duwamish Rowing Club ($15,000) to support rowing programs, with a focus on Latino youth.
- Horn of Africa ($15,000) to support youth soccer programs, with a focus on East African youth.
- Austin Foundation ($10,000) to support intergenerational family fitness activities.
- Garinagu Hounga ($10,000) to support Central American dance activities, with a focus on Afro Latino communities.
- Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club ($7,500) to support fitness and dance camps for youth.
- Lao Women Association ($7,000) to support cultural dance activities relevant to Asian cultures.
- SeaMar ($5,000) to support youth soccer programs, with a focus on Latino youth.
- World Mind Creation ($3,000) to support youth-led projects and dance wellness workshops.
- Nailah Harris ($5,000) to support multi-cultural dance classes for youth and adults.
- Young Women Empowered ($2,500) to support African Diaspora dance classes for girls and women.
- Deflora Walks Transformation Experience ($2,500) to support walking and healthy lifestyle activities for low-income communities and immigrant and refugee populations.
Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Get Moving Fund is made possible by funding from the Seattle Park District. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation, including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously-acquired sites.