Daily African Proverbs

Finding Funding Opportunities: A Life-saving Mission!

Finding Funding Opportunities: A Life-saving Mission!

The rain wets the leopard’s spots but does not wash them.” -Ghana Proverb

Every day, we face new challenges that require creative solutions. AFIAPODCAST’s proverb of the day is a reminder that no matter how difficult things seem, you can overcome them with perseverance. This is certainly true when it comes to finding funding opportunities for your life-saving missions.

There are many resources available to help you find the funding you need to make a difference. The most important thing is to stay motivated and keep looking until you find the right opportunity. With determination and a little luck, you can make a real impact in the world.

The Port of Seattle is now accepting proposals for the third cycle of the South King County Fund Environmental Grants. Organizations can apply for one, two, or three-year grants for up to $20,000 per year and up to $60,000 for multi year funding. Multi-year grants allow community groups to invest in long-term planning and implementation. Multiyear funds also increase the impact of the Port’s community investments and help to support sustainable project planning and implementation. 

A total of $500,000 is available this cycle to increase access to green space and improve livability in near-airport communities. The SKCF Environmental Grants Program is a cycle of the South King County Community Impact Fund that provides environmental grants to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations working within communities located near Sea-Tac Airport. 

Funding Goals

The goals of the SKCF environmental grants program are to promote health and livability in communities near Sea-Tac Airport by: 

  • Expanding access to parks and open space 
  • Improving air and water quality 
  • Restoring habitat 
  • Engaging diverse communities in environmental stewardship projects 

Projects should focus on one or more of these goals, with a preference given to those that address multiple goals. Priority will be given to projects located within 2 miles of Sea-Tac Airport, with a particular focus on communities that have been historically underserved. 

Eligible expenses include: 

  • Personnel costs associated with project coordination, planning, and implementation 
  • Equipment and supplies necessary for project completion 
  • Professional services required for project coordination or implementation (e.g., engineering, design, etc.) 
  • Other direct project costs as approved by the Port  

Ineligible expenses include: 

  • Lobbying or political activities 
  • Fundraising activities 
  • Capital expenses or construction costs not necessary for project completion  

Today’s episode of #AFIAPodcast featured Port of Seattle’s Guadalupe Torres, the Community Investment Manager at the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you missed the live broadcast you can learn more directly from her about the Economic Recovery Program on my YouTube channel.

This Thursday join the African Father In America podcast again to learn about the funding from the Environmental Grants Program through Ilays Aden, the Program Coordinator, Environmental Engagement.

Today’s proverb “The rain wets the leopard’s spots but does not wash them” is a popular saying in Ghana that has a few different interpretations:

  • Just because you’re stained, doesn’t mean you can’t clean up and shine.
  • Don’t let your past dictate your present or future.
  • No matter how tough things seem, always keep your head up and press on.

Our special guest had some incredible words of wisdom to say in regards to this proverb;

There are times in life when others can’t keep up, they are struggling a little bit, and when you are able to jump a little bit into somebody’s row, you do that in life. And I think that is so powerful because that is a gift of life lessons, so jump into that row when you can. And how that connects to funding is that you show the opportunity, provide the opportunity that others may take that path and it could lead to much better goodness and much larger goodness. So, that’s really what came to my heart, the point of resilience and not giving up and moving forward, and yet the rain comes down but you persevere.” Guadalupe Torres, Community Investment Manager, Port of Seattle.

1. Just because you’re stained, doesn’t mean you can’t clean up and shine

Stains don’t have to keep you down.

You can get back on track and make a fresh start. Just because your clothes are dirty doesn’t mean the stain will never go away, but it does mean that there is plenty of time for cleaning them up before they need washing or dry-cleaning again – so give yourself some credit with these words: 

“It is with intent, it doesn’t happen by chance.” Jaye, Guest on AFIAPodcast

Even if stains appear irreversible (like blood), most people still manage to redeem themselves afterthoughts •

2. Don’t let your past dictate your present or future. 

The past is just that, it’s over and can’t be changed but you need to make the best of your current situation by looking ahead.

“Don’t let your former failures dictate what will happen in future endeavors.”

3. No matter how tough things seem, always keep your head up and press on.

The sun will shine again tomorrow, so stop feeling sorry for yourself and get back on track. You have the power in you to make it happen.

If your organization is interested in applying for a grant from the South King County Fund Environmental Grants Program, you must submit your proposal by October 28, 2022. For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit the Port of Seattle’s website.