Deadline Approaches for Matching Funds to Support your Neighborhood Project

Othello+Intl+music+nwlrSeptember 2 workshop for interested applicants
Application deadline is October 5

If your group needs funds to do a neighborhood project, our Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help. However, you’ll need to be quick because the application deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund is Monday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. This fund provides awards of up to $25,000 to for community-building projects that are matched by community contributions.

To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit This is the last opportunity in 2015 to apply to this fund.

The final workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at University Heights Community Center (Room 209), 5031 University Way NE. The workshop provides an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP, go online at or call  206-233-0093. The workshop is open to all.

Our Neighborhood Matching Fund staff is available to advise groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. You are strongly encouraged to call 206.233.0093 or email to discuss your project idea with one of our project managers.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program awards matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its 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.

Vision Hillman City Meeting Happening Tonight

Vision Hillman CityJoin your Hillman City neighbors and have a voice in your neighborhood’s future. You’ll find others who share your priorities and have the chance to join a project and take action. Topics will include community health, safety, economic development, diversity, housing, gentrification, displacement, arts and culture, youth and family, and neighborliness.

The meeting is tonight at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Filipino Community Center (5740 MLK Way). A light buffet dinner will be provided with a play station for kids. RSVP to To hear the discussion from a previous meeting, watch this video.

This event is partially funded by the Neighborhood Matching Fund. To learn more about how to get funds for your neighborhood project visit


You’re invited to the Cayton Corner Park Open House

Cayton Corner flierThe Friends of Cayton Corner Park (1831 E. Madison) is inviting you to an Open House. You’ll get the chance to check out the new design, learn about the project’s progress, and meet the designer along with your neighbors. Ask questions and get involved!

The event will be held on Tuesday, August 25 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the park. Light refreshments will be provided. Learn more at or email

Another great Neighborhood Matching Fund project.


What Comes to Mind When You Think of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods?

Kathy NylandMy first message was delivered on my ninth day in this new role. Now that I have two months under my belt, my accessory of choice seems to be the bags under my eyes. I have attended neighborhood meetings, community councils, dedications, town halls, retreats, coffee dates, and that was just this week!

These last two months have consisted of some longs days, some tense nights, and some wonderful conversations, all while flying by. Truth be told, I am still working on finding the balance between emergency briefings and staff meetings. The latter is always my preference because those meetings provide such a glimpse into the uniqueness of the department. They are a fabulous opportunity to learn about staff and programs. And learning I am!

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is unique. We house a variety of programs ranging from P-Patches to PACE, Historic Preservation to Major Institutions, Neighborhood Matching Fund to Neighborhood District Coordinators, and that’s a partial list. What this means is I am learning about plot sizes and interest lists, curriculum development, board responsibilities, Citizen Advisory Committees (Citizen?…need to find out why we use “citizen.” See, always learning!), funding cycles, scoring protocols, and geographic allocation.

When this department was founded nearly 30 years ago, much of the programming was centered on “community building.” If you look at our current lines of business, community building would still be an appropriate descriptor, but that would also describe so many programs throughout all of the departments in the city. Community building, while a focus within DON, is not exclusive to DON. So what does that mean for us? This is a question that has occupied my thoughts for the last two months.

I’ve asked many people the following: What comes to mind when you think of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods? Some of the responses have made me laugh, some have made me think, and some have felt like a sucker punch. Responses include:

  • Gardens
  • Jim Diers
  • Meetings
  • Nothing
  • The future
  • Connectors
  • Staff
  • The 1990s
  • Heart of the city

So, I ask you this. What comes to mind when YOU think of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods?

Kathy Nyland
Department of Neighborhoods Director

(please share your thoughts in the Comments section)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Wayne Apartments for Landmark Status

Wayne ApartmentsSeattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the Wayne Apartments (2224 2nd Avenue) on Wednesday, September 2 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor (Room 4060).

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by September 1 at 3:00 p.m.:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649 (mailing address)

A copy of the Landmark Nomination is available for public review at the Central Library (1000 4th Avenue) and at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700 (206-684-0228). It is also posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website,, under the heading of “Current Nominations.”



Come to the Duwamish Revealed Water Festival this Weekend

Duwamish Revealed PosterDuwamish Revealed presents the Water Festival – a colorful, two-day celebration of the Duwamish River in South Park this Saturday and Sunday. The festival is a multicultural weekend of performance, art, activities, food, boats and other things that float. The hours are Saturday, 12 – 8 p.m. and Sunday, 12 – 6 p.m.

This event was partially funded by our Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Projects Fund award of $24,924.

Learn more about the event at




Haller Lake P-Patch Invites Community to Open Garden Celebration

Haller Lake P-PatchGardeners at Haller Lake P-Patch invite the community to join in celebrating the 18th year of gardening at HLPP at its annual Open Garden celebration on Sunday, August 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come by for refreshments and garden tours. The gardeners are expecting a special appearance by the Garden Gnome, so bring your camera!

The P-Patch has something special to celebrate and show off this year – the results of its P-Patch renovation funded by a Small and Simple Projects Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

We hope you will join us at 13035 1st Ave NE (by Haller Lake United Methodist Church parking lot).


Duwamish River Opportunity Fund awards $250,000 to 13 Neighborhood Projects

Native Foods classToday Mayor Murray announced $250,000 from the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund will be awarded to 13 community projects supporting neighborhoods along the Duwamish River. This program provides funds for new and existing small-scale programs focused on challenges faced by Duwamish River neighborhoods during the Superfund clean-up.

“The Duwamish River Opportunity Fund is part of our commitment to support vibrant communities along the river during the ongoing cleanup,” said Mayor Murray. “These neighborhoods continue to struggle with some significant environmental challenges. The City wants to be a strong partner to promote healthy families, clean air, clear water and a thriving community.”

The projects will be implemented beginning in 2015 and continue into 2016.

The 2015 Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Awards

  • $5,000 to Bike Works to provide bikes, promote and support bike safety, and provide youth job skills training in South Park.
  • $12,000 to South Park Retail Merchants Association to support businesses in South Park through community improvements, networking, and connecting businesses to resources.
  • $10,000 to Duwamish Rowing Club to add a rowing shell to its fleet and to increase participation, especially among young people.
  • $30,000 to ECOSS (Environmental Coalition of South Seattle) to engage multicultural communities in their own languages to share information on safety concerns around gathering seafood from the Duwamish River and on opportunities for safer fish consumption.
  • $20,000 to Georgetown Community Farm to expand and improve the new garden, purchase supplies, offer healthy food preparation classes, and provide low-cost organic produce.
  • $10,000 to Georgetown Community Council to work with property owners and the community to apply anti-graffiti paint to targeted structures and identify places where local artists can create murals.
  • $30,000 to Urban Systems Design to create a young adult job training program to develop skills for construction, landscaping, or operations and maintenance careers to steward green drainage infrastructure in the Duwamish Valley.
  • $30,000 to Just Health Action to add Spanish-speaking fishers to the existing Vietnamese Fisher community-based participatory study that addresses alternatives to fishing in the Duwamish River.
  • $20,000 to Smarter Cleanup Partnership to build an interactive map and community engagement platform to assist community members in finding ways to improve environmental health in the Duwamish Valley.
  • $33,000 to Seattle Good Business Network to develop a job training program in apparel production to build financial self-sufficiency for low-income immigrants and refugees in the Duwamish Valley.
  • $25,000 to Seattle Parks Foundation to fund a program manager to expand the Duwamish Valley Green Spaces program and identify funding for specific projects.
  • $10,000 to Solid Ground to continue the education, restoration, and maintenance of the portion of Hamm Creek that runs by Marra Farm in South Park.
  • $15,000 to South Park Information & Resource Center (SPIARC) to support and encourage healthy activities and habits through community athletic tournaments that are fun and build community cohesion.

A review team representing neighborhoods along the Duwamish River, in addition to public health and environmental advocates, evaluated 18 proposals seeking more than $782,000 from the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund.

About the Opportunity Fund

The City of Seattle is working to make the Superfund cleanup of the Duwamish River result in the optimum outcome for the river and its adjacent neighborhoods. In addition to its commitment to the clean-up efforts, the City recognizes that the communities along the Duwamish have many needs. To address some of these, the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund was created to enhance existing programs and support new ones. The Mayor and City Council allocated $250,000 in the 2014 budget, which funded nine projects, and an additional $250,000 in the 2015 budget, which is funding these 13 projects. Other entities have committed additional funds to these projects including King County and the Seattle Parks Foundation. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods manages the fund.