A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


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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Community projects can apply for three matching fund opportunities in 2014

December 18th, 2013 by Doree

Community-supported projects have three opportunities to receive money from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund in 2014.

The NMF program has staff to advise community groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. Community members are strongly encouraged to contact a Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager before applying at 206-233-0093 or NMFund@seattle.gov.

Small Sparks Fund
The Small Sparks Fund which provides awards of up to $1,000 per project accepts applications year-round at least six weeks prior to the proposed project implementation date. This is great funding opportunity for implementing small community projects as well as supporting efforts such as Neighbor Appreciation Day, National Night Out, Earth Day, and others.

Small and Simple Projects Fund
The Small and Simple Projects Fund which provides awards of up to $25,000 has three opportunities to apply. The deadlines for applications are February 3, June 2, and October 6, 2014. For those interested in applying in February, NMF staff is hosting workshops about the guidelines and application process. The dates are as follows:
Saturday, January 11; 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.at Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry Street
Tuesday, January 14; 6 – 8 p.m.at Ravenna Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave NE
Thursday, January 23; 6 – 8 p.m. at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S

To RSVP, call 206-733-9916 or go online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/NMFWorkshop. Childcare and interpreters can be arranged for workshop participants who RSVP and request these services at least 72 hours in advance. Additional workshops will be offered prior to each Small and Simple Fund application deadline in 2014.

Large Projects Fund
The Large Projects Fund (LPF) which awards up to $100,000 per project is open to applications once a year. The deadline is May 5, 2014. It is mandatory for interested community groups to attend one of the six LPF workshops offered before applying. The workshops will be provided on February 20, 25; March 20, 25; and April 8 and 10, 2014. More details on times and locations will be available on our website in January.

To learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund and its support to community-initiated projects, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf. The website provides details on the criteria and requirements for each fund, along with instructions for the online application process.

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Neighborhood Matching Fund workshop is Tuesday at Greenwood Library

April 20th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting three workshops to help neighbors build projects with matching funds from the city. The second workshop is from 5:45-7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

This workshop is for neighborhood groups interested in applying to the Large Project Fund which provides up to $100,000 in matching funds for community-building projects. Attendance at one of the three workshops is required in order to submit an application.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program awards matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members in partnership with Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Its overall goal is to build stronger and healthier neighborhoods through community involvement and engagement. Every award is matched by a neighborhood’s contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials, in-kind professional services, or cash.

The deadline for the Large Projects Fund is July 16, 2012.


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