People’s Academy for Community Engagement Accepting Applications

PACE classSeattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), its civic leadership development program for the next wave of community leaders. The program begins this September and runs through September 2016.

During the 12-month program, 26 emerging leaders (18 years and up) will learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and neighborhood organizations, and the city’s governmental structure and processes.

Sessions will be held on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30-9 p.m. at Seattle University. They begin this September and go through next May; then from May through August, participants work in teams with neighborhood groups to plan and implement community projects. Graduation occurs in September of 2016.

Tuition for the 12-month program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/engage/pace.htm. The application deadline is Friday, May 29 at 5:00 p.m.

For questions contact Casey Connelly, PACE Coordinator at 206-684-5667 or email at casey.connelly@seattle.gov.

 

 

Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund Available for Youth Activities

Small Sparks Youth ProjectsIs your school or neighborhood planning a youth activity? 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.

Activities could include a sports event, neighborhood clean-up, or talent show, but the ideas are endless. The application is online at seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund/how-to-apply and the deadline to apply is at least six weeks before your activity. To learn more call 206-733-9916 or visit our website at seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund.

 

Hurry! Only 10 Spots Remain for our Free Workshop on Gardening with Youth!

Garden Join us for a fun and educational workshop for adults who are leading (or would like to lead) a youth gardening program! The workshop is hosted by the P-Patch Community Gardening Program and led by Emily Bishton, lead educator for Magnuson Nature Programs and Sand Point Elementary School Gardens. The workshop is  Saturday, May 30, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Magnuson Brig (6344 NE 74th St) in the Ravenna Room.

We’ll spend most of the time outdoors in the adjacent Magnuson Children’s Garden, so make sure to dress for the weather. The workshop is FREE, but pre-registration and completing our questionnaire to enhance the workshop is required.

Magnuson Children’s Garden is a vibrant public garden that began in 2001 and contains a wide variety of plants and other features that make it an exciting place for children (and adults) to learn about gardening and nature.  It also contains a 300 sq ft P-Patch plot with child-height, accessible-raised beds. Come check out this unique garden and join us for a lively morning! The Magnuson Park P-Patch is one of our 90 P-Patch community gardens.

 

How should Seattle grow? Weigh in now!

How should Seattle and your neighborhood grow? Now’s your chance to weigh in! The Seattle Department of Planning and Development has released for public comment a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan Update. This is a major milestone towards an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan which plots a 20-year vision and roadmap for Seattle’s future growth and livability. The Comprehensive Plan includes goals and policies for to provide neighborhood-specific guidance for areas where growth and change are happening or desired. The Draft EIS provides detailed information on various growth alternatives, their potential impacts to the environment, and proposed mitigation strategies. The City wants your voice to be heard as we refine strategies for accommodating growth for the benefit of all.

How to provide feedback on the Draft EIS:

  • Visit our online open house to learn about the findings of the Draft EIS and take the online survey
  • Attend the public hearing and open house on May 27, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at City Hall in the Bertha Knight Landes Room (600 4th Avenue).
  • Submit comments on the Draft EIS online, via email to 2035@seattle.gov, or in writing to:

City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development

Attn: Gordon Clowers
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124

Comments must be postmarked no later than June 18, 2015.

Small and Simple Workshop Thursday, May 14

Seattle Faerie FestivalIf your group is considering applying to the Small and Simple Fund, there is one more workshop scheduled for Thursday, May 14 at Northgate Community Center from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The workshop will provide an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online at surveymonkey.com/s/NMFWorkshop.

The next Small and Simple deadline is Monday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m. This fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups and community organizations for community-building projects.

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 NMFund@seattle.gov to discuss your project idea with one of our project managers.

A program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) has three funding programs that award matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its goal is to build stronger and more vibrant 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.

 

Deadline Approaches to apply for Funds to Support your Neighborhood Project

Hopscotch CDIf your group needs funds to do a neighborhood project, the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help. But you’ll need to be quick because the application deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund is Monday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m. This fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups and community organizations for community-building projects.

To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, there is one more workshop scheduled for Thursday, May 14 at Northgate Community Center from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The workshop will provide an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online at surveymonkey.com/s/NMFWorkshop.

There will be another opportunity to apply to the Small and Simple Projects Fund this October.

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 NMFund@seattle.gov to discuss your project idea with one of our project managers.

A program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) has three funding programs that award matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its goal is to build stronger and more vibrant 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.

 

Here’s your Spring Edition of the P-Patch Post

P-Patch GardenerGROW’s latest newsletter, the P-Patch Post, has great stories about our P-Patch gardens along with helpful articles about growing food. GROW is the nonprofit advocacy organization for community gardens; and for decades, has promoted and provided services for Seattle’s P-Patches and partners closely with our P-Patch staff. Enjoy the Spring P-Patch Post.

 

Don’t miss the Bradner Garden Plant Sale May 24!

Tomato plantJoin Bradner Gardens Park P-Patch for their annual plant sale benefiting the P-Patch and activities for the community. It will be held on Sunday, May 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Get your “ready to plant” heirloom tomato, vegetable, and herb starts at great prices. Plant advice provided by Neighbor Sally and expert gardeners. Shop while you enjoy Liz’s coffee, tea and pastries.

The Bradner Gardens Park P-Patch is one of our 90 P-Patch community gardens. Learn more about the P-Patch Community Gardening Program.

 

 

Mayor Murray seeks candidate for Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board

Ballard Landmark District blogMayor Murray is inviting applicants for an opening on the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board. The opening is for either a Ballard historian or a person having a demonstrated interest in the Ballard community.

The seven-member Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board protects the historical and architectural values and significance of the Ballard Avenue Landmark District by regulating all proposed changes to the external appearance of buildings, structures, and public rights-of-way located within the district boundaries

The Board includes two district property owners, two district property owners/business persons, one district tenant/resident, one architect and one Ballard historian or person with a demonstrated interest in the Ballard community. Five board members are elected for a two-year term at annual elections in the District, and two are appointed by the Mayor and approved by Seattle City Council.

Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. Board members generally must commit two to four hours a month to Board business. Members serve without compensation and must be Seattle residents.

Interested applicants should send a resume and letter of interest by Tuesday, May 19. Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible.

Please email your letter and resume to: Heather.McAuliffe@seattle.gov (reference Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board in the subject line). To submit a paper copy, mail it to: Heather McAuliffe, Coordinator, Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649. 

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young persons, senior citizens, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

For more information, call Ms. McAuliffe at (206) 684-0229.