Grants Database

Dirt Corps LLC
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Project Title:
Community Green Job Training and Lower Green Riparian Revegetation Project Support
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2022
Water Resources/Watershed Protection ; Environmental Health & Justice ; Environmental Education ; Habitat/Wilderness/Preservation ; Climate Change & Energy ; Land Management/Urban Sprawl/Open Space
Central Puget Sound
King County
Project Description:

Grant funding will help support the operation and stipends for Dirt Corps’ paid Green Job Training Program while providing additional support to riparian revegetation projects in Tukwila, in which we partner with the Green River Coalition through CWM ReGreen grants (2019-2022). Green River Coalition wil act as Fiscal Sponsor for this project.
Modeling the successes of our program, extended through funding from this grant in 2020, our program will train up to thirty participants in the fields of urban forestry, green stormwater infrastructure, and ecological restoration through a combination of classroom and hands-on field training. The goal of our program is to provide opportunities for underserved or hyperlocal communities to access green career pathways.
Leveraged funding will support three rounds of community outreach and recruitment, eighteen weeks of training over three sessions, additional field training opportunities for trainees, development of current staff to become crew leaders/instructors, and curriculum development to continue improving and adapting the program’s relevance to the communities we serve.
Our training program teaches community members to become stewards of their environment while providing in-demand job skills. DC currently maintains multiple green stormwater infrastructure facilities in South Seattle and ecological restoration projects on tributaries and main-stem sites along the Lower Green-Duwamish River. These projects become our teaching sites and provide further paid opportunities for advanced skill building through maintaining multi-year sites.
Shared regional goals of environmental stewardship, workforce development, community resilience, and economic equity create important societal linkages while also serving goals of increased water quality benefits through riparian restoration; direct maintenance of stormwater facilities; and increasing the number of skilled people needed to design, install, and maintain these projects