Burien Neighborhood Grants Program

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The Burien Neighborhood Grants Program supports Burien community members who want to improve the quality of life in Burien neighborhoods. Through this program, the City of Burien will provide up to $5,000 of City funding per project which the neighborhood matches with local resources of volunteer labor, donated materials, donated professional services, or cash. The goal of the Burien Neighborhood Grants Program is to encourage projects that foster a sense of community and create community improvements.  

Project Criteria

We fund an array of projects that create community improvements such as:

  • Tree planting – installation of trees and understory plants in community or public space (download planting guidance PDF file for reference)
  • Tree maintenance – watering, mulching, removal of noxious plant species around existing trees
  • Physical improvements – minor park improvements, trailhead enhancement, bus shelter
  • Environmental or sustainability project – composting program, community garden
  • Public amenity—historical marker, bench
  • Community-based public events—such as education events or celebrations to bring neighbors together

We encourage people of all ages to apply, including youth groups, neighborhood groups, and informal groups of neighbors.

To be eligible, projects must:

  • Be in the city of Burien
  • Include participation from two or more individuals from separate households living within the city limits of Burien
  • Provide a public benefit to the community
  • Have demonstrated neighborhood support in the area
  • Have approval from all adjacent property owners
  • Involve neighborhood residents directly in all phases
  • Have goals that can be accomplished by the end of 2023
  • Be designed for low maintenance or neighborhood volunteers
  • Be located on publicly accessed property (such as community organizations, public rights-of-way, or parks)
  • Be free and open to all members of the public

All projects will be required to have a Neighborhood Project Coordinator to be the liaison between the City and the neighborhood during project development and implementation.

Download a flyer about the program (PDF).

How are projects evaluated?

  • Overall benefits of project
  • Neighborhood participation and benefit
  • Feasibility, maintenance, and ability to complete project by end of 2023
  • Overall impact of the project, with an emphasis on providing equitable opportunity and access to the funding in this grant*

*For example, tools that show areas where projects could have a large impact include the Social Vulnerability Index and Environmental Health Disparities tool.

How do you apply?

Applications for Neighborhood Grants are being evaluated on a rolling basis and will continue to be accepted until November 1, 2023 or until all funds are allocated. 

Neighborhood groups interested in submitting a proposal should fill out and submit an application to Josh Petter, Urban Forest Planner. You can either email the completed application to [email protected] or mail a printed copy to the City of Burien (Attention: Josh Petter), 400 SW 152nd Street, Suite 300, Burien, WA 98166.  

If you have any questions or would like to set up a meeting for more information, contact:

Josh Petter, Urban Forest Planner
(206) 439-3152
[email protected]

Updated September 15, 2023