Vicki Kraft will help you get a grant from a budget that doesn’t exist (yet)

When the Washington Legislature concluded the last of three special session over the summer they failed to pass a two-year capital budget, which would have provided $4 billion in funding for projects across the state.

But state Rep. Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver, remains optimistic about the prospects of a capital budget being passed in the relatively near future. She’s so optimistic that she sent out a news release announcing that she will hold a workshop next week to help local governments and nonprofits identify and apply for grants from the capital budget.

I contacted Kraft about why she would hold a workshop on getting grants from a budget that doesn’t exist. She responded with a text pointing to language in the press release stating she’s “hopeful there will be a capital budget passed during the 2018 session.”

Although pretty much everyone wants a capital budget passed, lawmakers ended up not passing one because Senate Republicans insisted the Legislature also pass a fix to the Hirst decision, a ruling by the state Supreme Court last year that’s restricted access to wells used for rural development.

That could all change next session. The Republicans hold the Senate by one vote and a special election in King County could flip control of the chamber.

Anyway, if you’re interested in how to get a grant from a budget that doesn’t exist here are more details from her press release:

Grant managers and key staff members from the Washington State Department of Commerce and Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office will be on hand to provide details on available grants, as well as guidance on the application process. Some of the grants that will be discussed include the Building Communities Fund, Youth Recreational Facilities, Housing Trust Fund, Building for the Arts, and the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.

“We need to do all we can to promote the good work these organizations do for our residents,” continued Kraft. “I’m looking forward to helping our community leaders get the assistance they need in applying for these grants.”

What: Capital Budget Grant Workshop

Hosted by: Rep. Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver

Date: Oct. 17, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Address: WSU Vancouver (WSUV), 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, WA 98686.

Class Location: Engineering & Computer Science Building (VECS), Room 105

Registration: RSVP here or call (360) 786-7994

Parking on campus: Parking is $3 per day in the blue lot. Follow this link for a campus and parking map.

All attendees are asked to submit a RSVP. For all other questions, or for agenda details, please contact Rep. Vicki Kraft’s office at, or call (360) 786-7994.

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