Grant Opportunities

The City of Burien offers several funding opportunities for residents and community organizations.

Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant

The Neighborhood Matching Fund can be a source of funds to assist with physical improvements to your neighborhood. As a "matching fund", the City provides cash (up to $5,000 per project) and the neighborhood matches the City's contribution with volunteer labor, donated materials or professional services and cash.

Examples of eligible projects include neighborhood improvement projects such as rain gardens, subdivision identification signs and streetlights.

There is no deadline, applications are accepted anytime. There is a $5,000 maximum per project. Total funding available for 2018 is $10,000.

For 2018, the City of Burien allocated $10,000 to the Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant.

For further information contact Brandi Eyerly at (206) 248-5519 or via email

Arts & Culture Funding

Arts & Culture funding is on an annual application cycle and is available to individuals, groups, and organizations that provide arts and cultural enrichment to the residents of Burien.

Applicants may be individuals or nonprofit organizations. Evidence of non-profit status for organizations will be required. The proposed program or event must be held in Burien or serve a majority of Burien residents.

Only one application per individual or organization will be accepted per year.

The online application for 2019 is now open!

For 2018, the City of Burien allocated $20,000 to the Arts & Culture grant.

For further information contact Gina Kallman at (206) 391-6605 or via email

Human Services Funding

Human services funding under the general fund is allocated on a biennial basis through a competitive application process. These funds are allocated to local agencies that provide programs to Burien residents that help with basic needs, self-sufficiency, housing and homelessness, early intervention, domestic violence, and other human services needs.

For 2019-2020, the City of Burien anticipates allocating approximately $370,000 per year. This includes a Council-approved change to the human services funding formula to $6.50 per capita as well as approximately $45,000 in funding from the Community Development Block Grant program.  

The online application for the 2019-2020 funding will open in spring 2018. The recently created Human Services Commission that will be reviewing the 2019-2020 applications and making a funding recommendation to the Burien City Council.

For 2017-2018, the City of Burien allocated $320,000 per year.

List of 2017-2018 human services organizations receiving funding. 

Now accepting applications for 2019-2020 human services funding!

The City of Burien Human Services Commission announced the release of the 2019-2020 Request for Proposals for human services on March 5, 2018. As a member of the Human Service Funders Collaborative, Burien is participating in a joint application process with 16 other cities located in King County. Human services providers interested in applying are able to use one application to submit to any of the 17 cities online at

Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

Commissioners will review the submitted applications between June and August and present funding recommendations to the Burien City Council in the fall. Besides quality of application, the Commissioners consider other factors including outcomes, demographics, prior performance, cost effectiveness and efficiency, and focus areas identified in Burien’s Supplemental Information.

If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Brandt-Schluter at or at (206) 439-3166.