Seattle Department of Neighborhoods awarded more than $735,000 in matching funds to support neighborhood-initiated projects across the city of Seattle. Thirty-six community groups received awards from the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund Program (NMF) for projects as diverse as emergency preparedness to after-school programs.
The Small and Simple Projects Fund, one of three funds managed by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, provides cash awards of up to $25,000 in matching funds to community organizations committed to fostering and building a better community. The 2013 October awards range from $8,500 to $25,000, and the 36 organizations have pledged to match the city’s $735,306 contribution with resources valued at $871,731.
“Over its 25-year history, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has been a resource for neighborhoods across this city,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “The projects we fund this year will help improve the quality of life in communities across Seattle. I’m looking forward to seeing these projects come to life.”
The Neighborhood Matching Fund has provided funding to the city’s neighborhoods for the past 25 years. Approximately 5,000 projects have been completed by neighborhoods and communities with the help of NMF, and its contribution to neighborhoods can be seen across the city from the Fremont Troll to Georgetown’s Hat n’ Boots. Recipients of the fund match their awards through a combination of locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor. In 2012, community volunteers pledged to invest $1.69 of donations and sweat equity for every $1 of taxpayer support.
“The Neighborhood Matching Fund has been emulated by cities all over the world,” said Bernie Matsuno, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “It’s successful because of the connection and engagement that happens when neighbors – who may not have known each other or been involved in a neighborhood project – come together to make improvements or create programs that benefit not only their community, but the city at-large.”