The votes are in! The winning projects for the North Highline/White Center Marijuana Tax Revenue Fund are:

  • Gifts of Hope – Estimated cost $175,000
    • Funding to support capacity/community building for the Gifts of Hope program that provides resources for community members with low incomes or who are underserved. This is a direct grant to Gifts of Hope.
  • Nepantla Cultural Art Programming – Estimated cost $150,000
    • Funding to provide capacity building and programming to the Nepantla Center cultural arts space for artists who are Latinx and the White Center community. This is a direct grant to the Nepantla Center.
  • Acts on Stage - Programming – Estimated cost $75,000
    • After school program theater training/arts program. Free 10-month program for 50 youths aged 10-17. Transportation provided. This is a direct grant to Acts on Stage.
  • Green Education - New Start – Estimated cost $66,000
    • Organic gardening education program for students and the community, providing organic culturally relevant produce for the White Center Food Bank. Support for the student Summer Gardening program for at-risk youths. This is a direct grant to New Start School.
  • Mental Health - Grief Support – Estimated cost $32,500
    • Healing groups/workshops for youths, families with low incomes.
  • White Center Heights Elementary School – Family Resource Center – Estimated cost $25,000
    • Funding for bilingual staff members to support families by providing communication in Somali, Vietnamese and Spanish; capacity building; resource center supplies. This is a direct grant to White Center Heights Elementary.
  • Wolverine Select - Funding – Estimated cost $16,500
    • Supports participation in basketball program for youths from families with low incomes or who are historically underserved. Students (grades 3-11) would participate in weekly practices, local tournaments, and programming at partner sites. Programming to include academic support, mentoring, and enrichment opportunities. This is a direct grant to Wolverine Select.

The winning Capital Improvement Projects for North Highline/White Center are:

  • White Center Food Bank - New Location Renovation – Estimated cost $875,000
    • The White Center Food Bank has recently moved to a new site that needs renovation before it can be opened as a food bank. Funds are needed for construction/renovation of the new space. This is a direct grant to the White Center Food Bank.
  • White Center Community HUB - Construction Fund – Estimated cost $750,000
    • The White Center Community HUB will be a place of “Hope, Unity and Belonging.” The project includes mental health services for youths and families, food justice programs, youth community organizing, after-school activities, entrepreneurial development programming, early childhood education services, and other community engagement programs. This is a direct grant to the White Center Community HUB.​
  • Khmer Community Cultural Center Support – Estimated cost $750,000
    • Funding to complete construction/renovation site improvements. This has been a journey of more than 20 years for the Khmer community in White Center. This is a direct grant to the Khmer Community Cultrual Center.
  • Spray Park/Outdoor Cooling Center Cool Me Down – White Center – Estimated cost $725,000
    • Install splash pad/spray park at Steve Cox Memorial Park. Provide outdoor cooling center option for community.

If you have comments or questions about participatory budgeting, community meetings, or the Community Investment Budget Committee, please contact:

Gloria L. Briggs
Participatory Budgeting Program Manager
Email: [email protected] 
Office phone: 206-263-8521

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Ideas Collection

Learn about participatory budgeting and how to submit your ideas in the meetings being held through the end of February. See below for our meeting schedule and submit your ideas on this screen.

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Proposal Development

Throughout March and April, community members volunteering as Proposal Advocates review ideas for feasibility and prioritize projects for the ballot. They will take the ideas and develop them into detailed project proposals (budget, implementation details, and impact), with the help of County project managers.

Proposal Advocates will hold meetings to gather community input on the project proposals being developed.

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Voting

Voting begins Tuesday August 2 through Wednesday August 10.

 

Anyone at least 12 years old who lives, works, goes to school or worships (attend mosque/church) in the unincorporated area of White Center/North Highline, you can participate in THE BIG PB VOTE.