Washington's Capital Budget at Work in Your Community
You may not think about the Department of Commerce when your school gets a new HVAC system to improve comfort and save heating costs. Or when the neighborhood senior center is expanded. Or a downtown building is redeveloped to provide affordable housing with a daycare center and job training rooms, all located near public transit and parks. Some of our most visible work is the result of reimbursement-style grants we provide to local governments and nonprofit organizations to help communities build and improve a wide range of public facilities to meet their needs and aspirations. All of these programs are funded by the sale of state bonds. Funding reaches the community through several competitive grant programs or capital projects introduced by the Governor or the Legislature.
Building Communities Fund
State grants are available to nonprofit, community-based organizations to defray eligible capital costs to acquire, construct, renovate or rehabilitate nonresidential community and social service centers.
Building for the Arts
Since 1991, the state has awarded award grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing arts, art museum and cultural organizations.
Youth Recreational Facilities
State grants are available to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations to help defray eligible capital costs for acquisition, construction and renovation of nonresidential youth recreational facilities.
Energy Efficiency & Solar Grants
$25 million is available for energy efficiency and solar grants to eligible projects in public higher education institutions, local government facilities, state agencies and K-12 public school districts. New guidelines and requirements are in effect for the 2015-17 grant program.
Behavioral Health Facilities
These grants help pay for construction and equipment costs to support new or established short-term mental health facilities, such as community hospital inpatient psychiatric beds, free-standing evaluation and treatment, triage and crisis stabilization facilities.