On AFIAPodcast, we had the pleasure of speaking with Ilays Aden about the Environmental Grants program. This program is a 10 million dollar fund over five years that was passed in 2019. It provides public improvements made in six of the South King County cities, which include Federal Way, SeaTac, Burien, Des Moines, Tukwila and Normandy Park.
We also took a virtual journey to Botswana to discuss our proverb of the day which says;, “You cannot put two bulls into one kraal.”
I love this proverb because it’s one of those proverbs that we use a lot. We used to have many people in our household. We were about nine siblings but we used to have at least 15 people in our household every time, and then, you know, in 1997, my mother started an orphanage.
So we used to even have more children in our household at any given time. But when there was a conflict, my mother used this proverb, but she never said kraal, she used to say in a pen, you don’t put two bulls in one pen.
My team and I prepared for you three nuggets of wisdom that we want you to note down somewhere inspired by this proverb from Botswana:
- Don’t try to control too many things at once – you’ll only end up frustrated.
- If you want something done well, do it yourself.
- You can’t force someone to change – they have to want to do it themselves.
“I really love this proverb as well. I think of egos clashing. When you have too many leaders in one space and when the goal is to focus on the betterment of society, but when you’re thinking about yourself too much that can cause a lot of clashing. And so sometimes you have to step back and let somebody else also lead.” Ilays Aden.
#DailyAfricanProverbs takes us to #Botswana
The Proverb says: “You cannot put two bulls into one kraal.”
Bulls are naturally territorial and will quickly establish dominance over their surroundings. Putting two bulls together in a confined space, such as a kraal, will only lead to fighting and potential injuries for both animals.
What is the Environmental Grants program?
The environmental grants program is a 10 million dollar fund over five years that was passed in 2019.
The purpose of this program is to provide public improvements made in six of the South King County cities, which include:
- Federal Way,
- Des Moines,
- Tukwila and
- Normandy Park.
How Can You Help Elevate The Fund?
The grant is up to 20,000 dollars per year for up to three years. A maximum of 60,000 dollars total, and those funds are disbursed as reimbursable grants and have a three-to-one match.
Essentially it means that for every dollar you’re applying for, there have to be two other ways that you’re helping to elevate that fund
Those ways can be:
- Other donations.
- Trees planted the
- volunteer hours,
- educational hours
How Can You Meet the Three-To-One Match?
Port of Seattle loves working with their grantees on how they can meet the three to one match so that it isn’t so much of a barrier by supporting more sustainable longer-term projects.
Projects can include anything from:
- Community garden
- Restoration work
- Hard cleanups.
What are some examples of projects that have been completed with this grant?
Some examples of projects that have been completed with this grant are; art installations to beautify public spaces, and making our basketball courts and soccer fields more beautiful and accessible for community members.
Who is eligible for the grant?
To be eligible for the grant, applicants must be a local government entity or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in one of the six target cities: Federal Way, SeaTac, Burien, Des Moines, Tukwila or Normandy Park.
When is the deadline for the grant?
The deadline for the grant is October 28th at 1 pm.
The projects are really community led and community driven. And so let’s get the word out, engage with our community members, and figure out what our priorities are in these six cities.
For more information…
If you would like to learn more about this environmental grants program or hear Ilays Aden speak about it in detail, please tune in to AFIAPodcast! You can find us on iTunes or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.
We hope that after reading this blog post (or listening to our podcast!), you have a better understanding of the environmental grants program and how it works.
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