Puget Sound is a place where sustainable communities thrive, balancing growth with quality of life in our built and natural environments.
This is the guiding goal behind SVP’s environmental grantmaking. Our community is experiencing rapid-growth. Between 2000 and 2030, an estimated 2.6 million new residents are expected in Washington, with the central Puget Sound region expected to take on half of the growth, 1.3 million new residents.
We believe that we must grow in a manner that protects and restores our natural environment and creates vibrant, affordable, diverse, healthy, and environmentally beneficial communities. It is important to consider how we can improve the natural environment and connect people to opportunity. Instead of pitting environmental priorities against each other, we should work to link the environment with our community.
SVP seeks to support organizations that meet the following four criteria:
- Have a clear vision and need for an SVP capacity building partnership over multiple years.
- Foster environmental stewardship and/or promote and create access to healthy, economically vibrant, and environmentally sustainable communities in the Puget Sound region.
- Effectively coordinate with cross sector partners in pursuit of collaborative and community-wide efforts, and participate in developing, implementing and assessing individual and collective progress towards building environmentally sustainable communities.
- Strive to decrease or prevent inequities in low-income communities and communities of color in King County; and empower communities to participate in organizational planning, decision making, and leadership roles.
More details are provided in our grant guidelines, which can be found here. Grantmaking decisions at SVP are made by a committee of our Partners, which allows them to learn more about the issue area, review proposals, and attend site visits.