Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund Available to Support “Shop Small” Activities

shop smallIs your neighborhood business group, chamber of commerce, or business district planning an activity for Small Business Saturday? If so, your group may qualify for support from Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund program. Its Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars of up to $1000 for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement.

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

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


Second Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Zoning Change Request for Loyal Heights Elementary School

Loyal Heights FacadeA second public meeting is scheduled to discuss the Seattle School District’s request for a waiver from City zoning regulations to modernize Loyal Heights Elementary School and construct an addition to the building. The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Loyal Heights Elementary School lunchroom (2511 NW 80th St).

To view the agenda and related documents, visit our website.



Join Us for the Solstice P-Patch Fall Harvest and Craft Festival

Harvest graphciOn Sunday, October 11, you’re invited to our harvest festival from 1 – 4 p.m. Enjoy pumpkin painting and carving, hot apple cider, roasted corn on the cob, organic produce and herbs, homemade preserved foods, plant and craft sales, and more. Come visit and learn about community gardening in Seattle Department of Neighborhood’s P-Patch Program. The Solstice P-Patch is located at 7400 Fauntleroy Ave SW in West Seattle on the hill between Solstice Park and the tennis courts.


You’re invited to Jimi Hendrix Park Rain Garden Planting Party

Jimi Hendrix Park Rain GardenThe Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park invite you to help build the rain gardens at Jimi Hendrix Park in this one-time only event. Be among the first to see the completion of Phase 1, “Little Wing.” Make sure to RSVP below to let them know that you will attend.

This project was funded in part by a $100,000 award from our Neighborhood Matching Fund.

Jimi Hendrix Park
2400 South Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144

Saturday, October 24, 2015
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Location Change for Landmarks Preservation Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 7

The October 7 meeting of the Landmarks Preservation Board will occur in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue. The meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments can also be submitted to, but must be received today by 3:00 p.m.

Copies of both Landmark Nominations are posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website at under the heading of “Current Nominations.”


SATURDAY: Murray to lead Delridge Neighborhood ‘Find It, Fix It’ Walk

find it fix it logoOn Saturday, Mayor Ed Murray will lead a Find It, Fix It Community Walk in Delridge with neighbors to identify physical changes in the neighborhood that improve maintenance and support public safety. Examples of issues to address include overgrown trees, graffiti, street light outages, and litter. Once the elements are identified, the City and community work together to fix the problems.

The first three Find It, Fix It walks of 2015 have resulted in infrastructure improvements ranging from new trash and recycle bins to neighborhood murals and upgraded street lighting. Go to for more information.

MAP of full walk route.

DOWNLOAD the Find It, Fix It smartphone app.

WHO:            Mayor Ed Murray

Council President Tim Burgess

Councilmember Tom Rasmussen

Members of Delridge community

Area business owners

Represenatives from the Seattle Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Neighborhoods, Department of Transporation, Public Utilties, and others.

WHAT:         Find It, Fix It Community Walk with neighbors to identify and fix nuisance and safety issues in the Delridge neighborhood


WHEN:        Saturday, October 3

11A.M. to 1P.M.

WHERE:     Walk will begin at at Louisa Boren STEM K-8

5950 Delridge Way SW 98106

See attached MAP for full walk route.



2016 Proposed Budget Highlights

Kathy NylandDear Friends and Colleagues:

Mayor Ed Murray delivered his 2016 Proposed Budget to the City Council today, and I am pleased to inform you of a few items related to Seattle Department of Neighborhood’s current programs and services.

First, the most notable change to our budget is the increase. Yes, I said increase. Our budget increases by $1.5M. And we are taking capacity building to a whole new level with four additional staff.

Additional Capacity:

  • 1 FTE dedicated to outreach and engagement for HALA.
  • 1 FTE dedicated to leadership development in the community.
  • 1 FTE to staff the Seattle Youth Commission and be point for Participatory Budgeting.
  • Plus we’ll have increased capacity for our accounting team as well as program support for PACE, and the Find It Fix It walks.

Second, our budget reflects an increase of $500,000 that is earmarked for Participatory Budgeting, a new program housed in DON, which is a democratic process through which Seattle youth and young adults will decide how to spend part of the City budget.

Lastly, the Mayor’s budget includes funding for a Mobile Service Center. Though not technically in our budget (it’s in FAS’), it is something that has and will continue to have DON’s fingerprints on it! We were asked to do outreach and engagement differently, and this vehicle will allow the city to bring information and services directly to the community.

Please let the Councilmembers know that you support these budget changes by emailing the Council by using the Council website linked below or attending one of the two Council budget hearings scheduled for the following dates:

  • October 6, 2015 @ 5:30pm, Seattle City Hall in Council Chamber; and
  • October 20, 2015 @ 5:30pm, Seattle City Hall in Council Chambers.

Many thanks to you for your continued support of and involvement with our programs and services, and to Mayor Murray for including these proposals as part of his 2016 Proposed Budget.

Thank you.

Kathy Nyland, Director

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods


Mayor Murray, Seattle City Council Approve $1.5 Million in Matching Funds to Support Neighborhood-initiated Projects

Beacon Food ForestMayor Ed Murray and Seattle City Council today approved more than $1.5 million in matching funds to support neighborhood projects across the City. Nineteen community organizations will receive awards from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund program for a variety of projects involving physical improvements, events, and cultural activities.

“The Neighborhood Matching Fund creates opportunities for neighbors to turn their creative ideas and energy into innovative projects,” said Mayor Murray. “The City’s meaningful investments help build community and provide incredible returns for our neighborhoods that everyone can enjoy.”

Funded through the Large Projects Fund, the awards range from $43,785 to $100,000, and the awardees have pledged to match the city’s $1,505,515 contribution with in-kind resources and donations valued at $2,961,190. Projects range from the construction of a neighborhood center at Pike Place Market to a cultural event series in Delridge.

“Neighborhood volunteers truly make a difference,” said Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, chair of the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee. “Countless volunteer hours go into each of these projects, and I’m impressed by the desire, dedication, and tenacity of community members to see these projects to completion.”

Every application to the Large Projects Fund goes through an extensive evaluation process by two teams: the Citywide Review Team (CRT), a group representing each of the 13 neighborhood districts, plus four at-large community members; and the District Council Review Teams, comprised of members from the District Councils. These volunteers review the applications, interview applicants, and make the recommendations for funding.

“In every neighborhood, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has made an impact – from Georgetown’s Hat n’ Boots to Wallingford’s Meridian Park Playground,” said Kathy Nyland, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “Over the past 27 years, more than 5000 community projects have been completed with help from the Neighborhood Matching Fund.”

There are two other funds in the Neighborhood Matching Fund program, the Small Sparks Fund (awards up to $1000) and Small and Simple Projects Fund (awards up to $25,000). To learn more about the Fund, visit

2015 Large Projects Fund Awardees

North Region (north of Ship Canal)

$100,000 to the Broadview Community Playground Improvement Project to renovate the school playground and play areas to benefit the school, Bitter Lake Community Center, and the surrounding neighborhoods. (Community match: $112,760)

$100,000 to Viewlands Elementary PTSA to construct a new play structure, track, and site, and renovate the field and painted sport courts to revitalize this gathering place with purposeful and accessible areas. (Community match: $183,904)

$88,887 to Friends of Yesler Swamp to complete the restoration of Yesler Swamp and construct 300 additional feet of the remaining section of an environmentally-designed, ADA-accessible boardwalk. (Community match: $90,160)

$25,000 to the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association to convert a cut-through street into a safe pedestrian- and bike-friendly zone that bridges the gap between the I-5 Park and Ride and the Sound Transit station. (Community match: $106,655)

$99,414 to University Heights Center to renovate the community performance hall to include egress improvements, ADA accessibility, creation of a foyer, installation of stage lighting and audio-visual equipment, and other aesthetic improvements. (Community match: $99,414)

$99,000 to John Stanford Playground Improvement Committee to improve the school grounds into a more accessible, safe, and welcoming public space. Project includes replacing concrete fixtures and play equipment and the addition of accessible ramps and pathways. (Community match: $108,150)

South Region

$100,000 to the Mount Baker Community Club to improve the clubhouse’s energy efficiency and safety by replacing the roof, removing or repairing the damaged brick chimneys, and installing an energy-efficient gas-fired boiler. (Community match: $152,689)

$100,000 to Seattle Tilth to activate the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands by adding a children’s learning garden, rain gardens, and educational signage; equipping the community farm stand, kitchen, and greenhouses; and hosting a community-led celebration. (Community match: $111,464)

$100,000 to Rainier Valley Corps to implement a leadership and capacity-building program where emerging leaders of color will be recruited, trained, and placed in full-time work at communities-of-color-led nonprofits in Rainier Valley.        (Community match: $568,800)

$100,000 to Friends of Seward Park to build a new torii in Seward Park to replace the one that stood for 50 years and served as a community icon and gathering place. (Community match: $199,977)

West Seattle

$69,975 to the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association to produce 12 events in 2016 that will connect diverse community partners and build stronger relationships between organizations, groups, and individuals in the greater Delridge neighborhood. (Community match: $47,760)

Central Region

$50,000 to the Melrose Promenade to implement a series of community-supported road safety and placemaking measures to include pedestrian lighting, distinctive paving, crosswalks, signage, and art. (Community match: $145,793)

$43,785 to Friends of Jackson Street Mural Project to commission the painting and installation of a mural depicting significant historical labor events in the multicultural context of the Chinatown/International District and the Central Area. (Community match: $90,288)

$100,000 to the Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park Committee to construct Phase 2 of Jimi Hendrix Park designated “Are You Experienced?” to include additional pathways, lawn mow curbs, and vine plantings. Project entails demolition, earthwork, hardscape, and planting and irrigation. (Community match: $189,169)

$49,454 to the Central Area Senior Center to conduct a feasibility study to identify and prioritize options for future redevelopment of the center. Consultant will do surveying, architecture, parking and traffic analysis, engineering, and community engagement. (Community match: $103,200)

$100,000 to the Hirabayashi Place Legacy of Justice Committee to complete and install community-led project located on and around Hirabayashi Place to provide historical and cultural identity of Nihonmachi, Seattle’s historic Japantown, by honoring civil rights leader Gordon Hirabayashi. (Community match: $289,625)

$80,000 to the Pike Place Market Foundation to support the planning, design, and construction of a new Pike Place Market Neighborhood Center, a 1,950 square foot welcoming, accessible venue to serve as a downtown community gathering and activity place. (Community match: $171,300)

$50,000 to Lake Union Neighbors to proceed from 30% design completion to final construction documents for the East Howe Steps Plaza project which will provide a plaza and pedestrian connection from Capitol Hill to Lake Union. (Community match: $62,582)

$50,000 to the Plymouth Housing Group to construct a rain garden on the hill climb of the 710 Cherry Street property with benches and spaces for pedestrians, along with education panels on stormwater runoff, native plants, and green infrastructure. (Community match: $127,500)

Meeting Rescheduled to Discuss Departures from Development Standards for Loyal Heights Elementary School

Loyal Heights FacadeA public meeting is rescheduled to discuss the Seattle School District’s request to modernize Loyal Heights Elementary School and construct an addition to the building (SMC 23.79). The meeting will be held on Monday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Loyal Heights Elementary School lunchroom (2511 NW 80th St).

The Seattle School District is requesting departures from development standards for the following:

  1. Increase lot coverage from the 35% allowed to 50%. (SMC 23.51B.002C)
  2. Increase maximum height from the 35 ft. allowed to 60 ft. (SMC 23.51B.002D)
  3. Reduce setbacks to 0 ft. in some locations. (SMC 23.51B.002E)
  4. Eliminate requirements to provide off-street parking. (SMC 23.51B.002G)
  5. Allow continued on-street bus loading. (SMC 23.51B.002I)

The meeting will include a School District presentation on the requested changes before the Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee, a group composed of neighbors and School District and City representatives. After the presentation, the public is invited to make comments concerning the departures requests.

Following public testimony, the committee will make a recommendations to grant outright, grant with conditions, or deny the requested zoning modifications; or it can decide to hold additional meetings if it feels more information is needed. The final decision is made by the Department of Planning and Development.

If community members cannot attend the meeting, written comments can be submitted to:

Maureen Sheehan
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

For more information, call Maureen Sheehan at 684-0302, or e-mail

The Major Institutions and Schools Program provides a way for neighbors of Seattle’s hospitals, universities, and colleges to be directly involved in the development plans for those institutions to ensure neighborhood concerns are considered when those plans are made. It is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

You’re Invited to a Meeting for the Magnolia Community Trail

Magnolia Trail ProjectPlease join the Magnolia community for the second public meeting regarding the feasibility of the Magnolia Community Trail connecting Magnolia Village with the marina and the soon-to-be-expanded Smith Cove Park. It will take place on Tuesday, September 22, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Our Lady of Fatima Parish and School (3218 W. Barrett St.). SvR Design, the consultant doing the feasibility study, will present its findings about trail possibilities for reaching the waterfront and Smith Cove Park from Magnolia Village. The public will be invited to provide comment on the study findings.

This project is a community effort and is supported by a $25,000 Small and Simple award of the Neighborhood Matching Fund.