Grant Making

HSD provides funding to 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.

A full list of grant recipients is provided below. HSD's grants process focuses on neighborhood self-determination, allowing our community members to identify needs and issues, as well as the solutions and programs to help.

Totem Star

Totem Star continues work on our new home and recording studio at King Street Station in partnership with The Cultural Space Agency. SKL Architects is preparing drawings for permitting and Sellen Construction is providing pro-bono cost estimation services as we aim to begin construction in April 2022 and open our doors in Fall 2022, increasing our capacity to serve more young people in music production, performance, and mentorship. 


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Spark the Parks

Spark the Parks initially applied for funding to activate the three CID parks, focusing on youth activities, outdoor recreation, and community gardening. But they saw a need for seniors in small apartments dealing with both the CID's poor air quality and the west coast's frequent forest fire seasons. They pivoted their grant to make and provide low-cost fan filters for CID residents.

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Seattle Parks Foundation — Spark the Parks

OneWorld Now

OneWorld Now requested funding to develop new community partnerships with other organizations in Chinatown/International District, and to support our youth leadership program that takes place at the Chong Wa Benevolent Association. Through this project, our students will have more opportunities to engage in the civic life of the neighborhood, while also gaining the skills to be effective advocates for the community.

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All HSD Grantees

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