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.

Come to Dinner for Belltown P-Patch, April 24-30

Tavolata InvitationBelltown P-Patch Community Garden is proud to be partnering with the fabulous Ethan Stowell restaurant Tavolata in Belltown for some delicious vegetable courses to be served up April 24 through April 30.  Tavolata will donate proceeds of these special dishes to the Belltown P-Patch for renovation of the solar-powered fountain and completion of a community bed left bereft by recent new construction.  Celebrate Earth Day/Earth Month at Tavolata and help your local P-Patch. Tavolata is located on 2nd Avenue in Belltown between Bell and Battery Streets. Belltown P-Patch is one of our 90 P-Patch community gardens located throughout the city.

Lake2Bay to Host Belltown/Denny Triangle Walk & Celebration on April 19

Belltown WalkJoin us for the Belltown/Denny Triangle Walk and Celebration Sunday, April 19.  Explore the neighborhoods’ public spaces and provide community input to help shape public spaces yet to be created. The walk begins at Regrade Park (2251 3rd Ave.) at 3:00 p.m. and concludes with a celebration at the Belltown Community Center (415 Bell St.) from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Well-behaved puppies are invited to join the event! This event is part of the Belltown and Denny Triangle: Connected Public Realm Small and Simple project, which received a $25,000 award.


Join MOHAI P-Patch Walking Tour this Saturday

Belltown P-PatchIn celebration of the P-Patch Program’s 41st anniversary, MOHAI is sponsoring an educational walk this Saturday.  The walk begins at the UpGarden at Seattle Center, and meanders down to the Belltown P-Patch and back. Along the way you will learn about the growing techniques in these two very different, very special gardens, and talk about their inception and the overall history of the program.  The walk will include a look at large and small efforts to transform our urban landscape, with a little history and some unique sites thrown in.

The tour has a small fee, which supports MOHAI’s efforts to connect Seattle people to its history. Pre-registration is required. Here’s a link:


Belltown activists learn the ABCD’s of Community Empowerment!

This article tells the story of how Belltown activists brought the neighborhood together to learn ways to engage the community, build a common vision, and develop partnerships to improve the neighborhood.

A group of neighborhood activists in Belltown felt that their community was full of resources and strengths, but that community groups, businesses, non-profits, and the government could be working more collaboratively. Through a series of discussions, the Belltown Community Council and other local organizations decided to form a steering committee and plan a 1-day training to encourage cross-sector cooperation. They selected Jim Diers, the first director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) and UW Professor, to facilitate the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) training. The steering committee had members from community groups, the non-profit sector, business, the faith community, the UW School of Social Work, and Christa Dumpys, a Neighborhood District Coordinator from DON. They combined their resources and worked together to solicit donations, organize the event, and do strategic community outreach to ensure that those in attendance represented a broad variety of neighborhood stakeholders. The group received a Small Sparks award from the Neighborhood Matching Fund to cover the cost of the training.

photoThe ABCD training was held for 33 participants on March 9, 2013 in a donated space at the brand new City University campus in Belltown. Jim Diers spent the morning presenting the key tenets of the ABCD philosophy, discussing strengths and challenges of community work in Belltown, and highlighting examples of successful local partnerships. Participants had a midday break, which gave them a chance to network with one another and enjoy the tasty food that was donated by local restaurants and coffee shops. The afternoon portion of the training gave everyone a chance to present their vision for Belltown, share project ideas, and find others in the community who wished to team up. Small groups formed around their areas of interest and began to start work on projects which included: creating a neighborhood information sharing website and discussion group, working with local artists to develop public art in new and unused spaces, and finding ways to maximize use of the new Belltown Community Center. There is a lot of excitement around the community project ideas that came out of this training and we’re excited to see what they lead to in the coming months! 

by Jake Hellenkamp, UW School of Social Work Intern

Neighborhood Matching Fund supported Bell’s Town Tour, Friday, August 10 at 4:30 p.m.

Jim Miller, President of the Belltown Business Association (BBA) will announce the launch of the new Bell’s Town Tour, a mobile app that takes users on a self-guided tour of the historical architecture of Belltown. The event will happen at Tilikum Place Park, a historically significant site at the intersection of Fifth, Cedar and Denny, which is also the juncture of the original land claims of city founders Denny, Boren, and Bell. 

The app was made possible by a grant given by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. According to Jane Savard, the BBA board member who wrote the grant, Tilikum Place Park was chosen for several appropriate reasons: “The Chief of the Suguamish statue at the park was unveiled a hundred years ago on Founders Day by the great-great granddaughter of Chief Seattle. At the time, the city wanted to commemorate the original settlers of the area and acknowledge that Seattle was named after an important leader of those native residents. We continue that tradition. We also timed the launch to coincide with the Seattle Center’s 50th Anniversary celebration as well as the newly revamped Second Friday Belltown Artwalk and the 2012 Seattle Founders Day Festival that starts Saturday.” 

According to Miller, the Bell’s Town Tour app is a “cutting edge cultural tool that preserves the rich history of Belltown. The BBA is committed to preserving and promoting that history. We’re focused on elevating the reasons people come to Belltown and creating more events that showcase the hidden gems we have down here.”

Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who will speak at the launch party on the resurgence of community involvement in Belltown, agrees that Belltown “is more than what happens after midnight on the weekends. For those of us who live or work here, the atmosphere is much more neighborly. The tour app, the artwalk, the festival are all volunteer driven and without the corporate funding that other Seattle neighborhoods enjoy.”

Users can download the 1.0 version of the app at and begin scanning QR codes that are placed in windows of 50 locations throughout Belltown. Once a QR code is scanned, users will see a historical description of the site along with historic and contemporary photos. The Chief Seattle statue, the 5 Point Café (the longest running business in Belltown), and Tilikum Place Café are all featured.

 Music will be provided by Belltown musicians and drinks and appetizers can be had at the 5 Point Café and Tilikum Place Café. Speakers will provide information on the Bell’s Town Tour and the Belltown Artwalk. Actors playing William Bell and Doc Maynard will be on hand answering questions and answering media questions about the Seattle Founders Day Festival.* The two-day event runs Saturday and Sunday August 11 and 12 from 10am to 10pm on Second Avenue between Blanchard and Battery.

 A guided mini-tour of some of the highlights of the Bell’s Town Tour will follow the party and Greener Cab pedicabs will be available. The mini-tour begins at 6pm, just in time for the start of the Second Friday Belltown Artwalk.


Two P-patch ‘fun’draisers this weekend!

The Belltown and Interbay P-patches are offering two fun, fundraising activities this weekend. 

The Belltown P-patch offers “Another Bloomin’ Yard Sale” on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Organizers promise lots of goods at bargain prices, most at $1, $2 and $5, including clothing, sports equipment, appliances, electronics, tools, home & garden.  Some collectibles and vintage items will be available as well.  Enjoy homemade rhubarb jam from the garden and other handmade items.  Raffle tickets for special packages donated by Belltown businesses will also be available.

Location:  Belltown P-Patch, corner of Vine Street & Elliott Ave.  Street & lot parking.  For info: call 206-849-4040

Interbay P-Patch’s  U-Pick Lavender Sale also continues this weekend — Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Interbay P-Patch, 2451 15th Avenue W (just south of the Ballard Bridge and Interbay Golf Course)

Plenty of lavender is still available for  culinary, decorative or craft uses. Prices range from $3 for a small bunch, $5 for a large bunch. Lavender wands, wreaths, sachets and potpourri are also available for sale.

Questions? Contact Donna Kalka at  or Becky Blackstock at

Today’s hours for Neighborhood Service Centers

Here is a list of Neighborhood Service Centers that serve as Payment and Information Service sites and today’s hours of operation due to weather conditions:

Lake City: Open – 9:00-5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Ballard: Open – 9:00-5:00
Open for lunch

University: Closed

Central: Open – 9:00-5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Southeast: Open – 9:00 – 5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Delridge: Open until 3:30 p.m.

West Seattle: Closed

Neighborhood Service Centers are open today

Below are the  Neighborhood Service Centers’ hours of operation for today, Monday, Nov. 22.  All centers are open, however, most NSCs will be closing for lunch with the exception of two locations.
Lake City:
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Closed for lunch 1:00-2:00

9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Closed for lunch 1:00-2:00

10:00 am-6:00 pm
Closed for lunch 2:00-3:00

9:30 am – 7:00 pm
Open for lunch

9:00 am-5:00 pm
Open for lunch

West Seattle:
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Closed  for lunch 1:00-2:00 pm

10:00 am-6:00 pm
Closed for lunch 2:00-3:00 pm