Historic South Downtown Awards $1M in New Funding

Nineteen community-based organizations will receive funding to support small business, improve public spaces, and preserve culture

On May 13, 2019, Historic South Downtown (HSD) announced grants totaling nearly $1 million to nineteen community-based organizations in the Chinatown-International District and Pioneer Square neighborhoods. The grants will fund projects that support small businesses and local nonprofits, improve public spaces, and protect and develop historic and cultural programs.

Grant recipients include Chief Seattle Club, Friends of Little Saigon, and the Alliance for Pioneer Square. A full list is provided below.

“This funding will help groups across South Downtown improve the lives of the people who live and work in these vibrant communities. Historic South Downtown is delighted to be able to invest in these important projects,” said Kathleen Barry Johnson, Executive Director.

Created by the legislature in 2007, HSD is a state-created Community Preservation and Development Authority serving Seattle’s Chinatown-International District and Pioneer Square neighborhoods. Historic South Downtown received this funding from King County. An additional funding round and application will be launched in August of 2019.

To determine awards, grant proposals were independent scored by a community-review panel convened by Historic South Downtown.

Previously, HSD has awarded approximately $1 million to support the development of the North Lot of the Pacific Hospital Public Development Authority to benefit Asian-Pacific Island elders, and create a plan to improve public spaces and safety in the Jackson Street Hub area that connects Pioneer Square and the Chinatown-International District. Individuals interested in receiving future updates can sign up at the home page of historicsouthdowntown.org.

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