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Reminder: Neighborhood Matching Fund workshop is tonight at Greenwood Senior Center

May 17th, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting a workshop tonight (Wednesday) for community groups interested in applying for grants from the Neighborhood Matching Fund for projects such as cultural festivals, community space improvements, public art and community organizing. This year the fund will award $3.2 million dollars.

Tonight’s workshop is at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., from 6-7:30 p.m. RSVP by calling 206-733-9916 or go online.

NMF has two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the Community Partnership Fund. The Community Partnership Fund provides funding up to $100,000 with two more opportunities to apply in 2017. The next deadline for applications is Monday, June 26 at 5 p.m. The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for community activities for Spring Clean, Night Out, Parking Day, and others.

More than 5,000 projects have occurred across the city since this program began in 1988. To learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund and its support to community-initiated projects, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund. If you have questions about the program, call 206-233-0093 or email NMFund@seattle.gov.

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Reminder: Neighborhood Matching Fund workshop at Greenwood Senior Center is May 17

May 2nd, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting spring workshops for community groups interested in applying for the grants from Neighborhood Matching Fund for community-led projects such as cultural festivals, community space improvements, public art and community organizing. This year the fund will award $3.2 million dollars.

The May 17 workshop will be at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., from 6-7:30 p.m. RSVP by calling 206-733-9916 or go online.

NMF has two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the Community Partnership Fund. The Community Partnership Fund provides funding up to $100,000 with two more opportunities to apply in 2017. The next deadline for applications is Monday, June 26 at 5 p.m. The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for community activities for Spring Clean, Night Out, Parking Day, and others.

More than 5,000 projects have occurred across the city since this program began in 1988. To learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund and its support to community-initiated projects, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund. If you have questions about the program, call 206-233-0093 or email NMFund@seattle.gov.

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Neighborhood Matching Fund workshop for community groups at Greenwood Senior Center May 17

April 12th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting spring workshops for community groups interested in applying for the grants from Neighborhood Matching Fund for community-led projects such as cultural festivals, community space improvements, public art and community organizing. This year the fund will award $3.2 million dollars.

The May 17 workshop will be at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., from 6-7:30 p.m. RSVP by calling 206-733-9916 or go online.

NMF has two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the Community Partnership Fund. The Community Partnership Fund provides funding up to $100,000 with two more opportunities to apply in 2017. The next deadline for applications is Monday, June 26 at 5 p.m. The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for community activities for Spring Clean, Night Out, Parking Day, and others.

More than 5,000 projects have occurred across the city since this program began in 1988. To learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund and its support to community-initiated projects, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund. If you have questions about the program, call 206-233-0093 or email NMFund@seattle.gov.

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Reminder: Neighborhood Matching Fund workshop is tonight at PNA

February 2nd, 2017 by Doree

A reminder that representatives from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting a workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday) about guidelines, requirements and the application process for the Neighborhood Matching Fund. The workshop will be at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building in Room 6. To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online.

The program features added flexibility, a simpler application, and faster review and award processing. Its two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the new Community Partnership Fund – continue to support community projects that build stronger neighborhoods and communities such as park improvements, public art, community gardens, cultural festivals, community organizing and so much more. For 2017, the NMF Program has more than $3 million dollars to award to community projects!

The Community Partnership Fund combines two former funds into one. It provides funding up to $100,000 with three opportunities to apply. Applicants will also receive decisions on their funding requests within eight weeks. The deadlines for the Community Partnership Fund are March 27, June 26, and September 25 by 5 p.m.

The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project (increased from $1,000), and the fund continues to accept applications on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for small community projects or activities such as Neighbor Day, Night Out, Earth Day, Parking Day, Spring Clean and others.
In addition, recurring community events can now be funded every other year instead of only once.

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3 events coming up at the Phinney Center this weekend and next week

January 27th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is hosting three big events this weekend and next week.

The Great Seattle Seed Swap, sponsored by the King County Seed Lending Library, is having its first of four seed swaps at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday (which happens to be National Seed Swap Day). Pick up some interesting seeds for veggies, edible flowers and herbs, speak with experts from Seattle Tilth, P-Patch, Resilient Seeds and the Seattle Farm Co-op, and take part in short workshops.

Please bring seeds if you have them. They can be homegrown or store-bought — even partially used packets. They should be recent, 3 years old or less. No hybrids or GMO seeds.

If you will be bringing seeds to swap, please arrive at the beginning of the event to set out your seeds.

Make a display card for your seeds stating the variety, year saved, and brief notes about growing the plant.

It is not necessary to bring seeds to participate.

Seeds will be organized by type of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.

Attendees will be asked to limit the seeds they take so all may share in the supply.

You may donate your extra seeds to the seed lending library, which will have them available throughout the year.

On Sunday, the PNA opens its doors to more than 60 exhibitors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the annual Home Design and Remodel Fair. Admission is $4 for PNA members, $6 general public, children 12 and under are free.

Get one-on-one help navigating the City of Seattle permit process or seismic home retrofit recommendations, hear from home-organizing experts, meet specialty contractors, learn how to finance your home improvements and find inspiration for new DIY tasks.

Our selection of exhibitors includes general and specialty contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, nonprofit groups and permitting agencies. Get informed at a wide selection of presentations.

Next Thursday, Feb. 2, representatives from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods will host a workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. about guidelines, requirements and the application process for the Neighborhood Matching Fund. The workshop will be in the Blue Building in Room 6. To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online.

The program features added flexibility, a simpler application, and faster review and award processing. Its two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the new Community Partnership Fund – continue to support community projects that build stronger neighborhoods and communities such as park improvements, public art, community gardens, cultural festivals, community organizing and so much more. For 2017, the NMF Program has more than $3 million dollars to award to community projects!

The Community Partnership Fund combines two former funds into one. It provides funding up to $100,000 with three opportunities to apply. Applicants will also receive decisions on their funding requests within eight weeks. The deadlines for the Community Partnership Fund are March 27, June 26, and September 25 by 5 p.m.

The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project (increased from $1,000), and the fund continues to accept applications on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for small community projects or activities such as Neighbor Day, Night Out, Earth Day, Parking Day, Spring Clean and others.
In addition, recurring community events can now be funded every other year instead of only once.

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Pancake fundraiser tonight for Viewlands Elementary playground renovation

October 28th, 2015 by Doree

Viewlands Elementary School’s fundraising campaign for a renovated playground is having a pancake fundraiser from 4-10 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the IHOP at Oaktree Plaza, 10002 Aurora Ave. N. Print out the flier below (or print it from the school’s website) and show it to your server and 20 percent of your bill will be donated to the playground campaign.

Organizers for the project at 10525 3rd Ave. NW are trying to raise $25,000 in matching funds by Nov. 4. As of Tuesday night, the campaign had raised $21,000. The project received a $75,000 King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant and a $100,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Project Fund Grant from the Department of Neighborhoods.

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Neighborhood business districts can apply for matching grant to support ‘Shop Small’ and Small Business Saturday

September 24th, 2015 by Doree

The city’s Neighborhood Match Fund’s Small Sparks Fund is proving up to $1,000 for business groups to support Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28 and “Shop Small” holiday activities.

Small Business Saturday and Shop Small are efforts to promote shopping and dining at small independent businesses in neighborhood business districts during the holiday season. This year’s Small Business Saturday is November 28, and the Shop Small campaign lasts through the holiday season.

The Small Sparks Fund has resources to support efforts to promote your business district. Activities could include events, entertainment, or marketing to neighborhoods during the winter season, but the ideas are endless. The application is online at seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/webapplication.htm. The deadline to apply for Small Business Saturday is October 16; and for other events, the deadline is at least six weeks before your activity. To learn more call 206-733-9916 or visit our website at seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm.

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Neighborhood Matching Fund Small & Simple workshop at PNA Jan. 14

January 9th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Center is hosting a workshop for the Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Projects Fund, which awards up to $25,000 for a community project. Projects must provide a public benefit and be free and open to all members of the public (i.e., a park or a one-time cultural event); have a demonstrated community match; and be planned and implemented by neighbors and community members who will be impacted by the project.

The workshop is from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 3.

The Small and Simple Projects Fund is open to:

  • Neighborhood-based groups, community-based organizations, ad-hoc groups and business groups (such as chambers of commerce) who want to do a project to build stronger connections in their neighborhood.
  • Community groups that do not have a geographic base, such as a racial or ethnic group, GLBT groups, a disability community, etc.

To request childcare or interpretation services, contact us at least 3 days prior to your preferred workshop. Please RSVP by going to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NMFWorkshop

Or by:

  • Email NMFund@seattle.gov
  • Or call 206-733-9916

Before applying, carefully review the guidelines. You can now apply for the Small and Simple Projects Fund online. Click here to get started.

Applications must be received by the Department of Neighborhoods office by:

  • February 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
  • June 1, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
  • October 5, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Application can not be submitted after 5:00 p.m. Applicants are notified of award decision within eight weeks of application deadline.

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Viewlands Elementary receives matching fund from city to beautify school grounds

April 18th, 2013 by Doree

Viewlands Elementary School in North Greenwood is one of 33 community organizations that received a total of $606,000 in matching funds from the city. Viewlands’ Parent-Teacher-Student Association will receive $25,000 to create a master plan for beautifying the school grounds.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund program provides money in both small and large grants for community organizations for purposes from building a new park to a community celebration. Organizations must match the funds in money donated and volunteer hours.

The next round of the Small and Simple Projects Fund opens again to applications in the fall with a deadline of October 7.

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