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 seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm. 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 surveymonkey.com/r/ZHM36BJ 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 NMFund@seattle.gov 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.

Haller Lake P-Patch 11th Annual Open Garden Celebration

Join us Sunday, August 11 from 11 am – 3 pm at the Haller Lake P-Patch Community Garden, 13045 1st Ave. N.E., Seattle, just south of the Haller Lake United Methodist Church. Get a tour of the garden, learn about organic gardening, enjoy refreshments, and go on a garden search! All are invited to join us in celebrating the 16th year of Organic community gardening at HLPP. We hope to see you there!

 

Bitter Lake P-Patch work party this Saturday…can you dig it?

Come help dig garden beds at the new Bitter Lake P-Patch this Saturday, September 29 from 10 to 5 p.m.  Here’s the rest of the scoop:

WHERE: The Bitterlake P-Patch, N 143rd & Linden Ave N (Map)

WHAT TO BRING: Work gloves, strong hoes (we really need hoes – they work very well for this hard soil) and shovels, hard rakes, soft rakes, garden digging forks. 

WHAT ELSE TO BRING: Food to share, WATER, hat, sunblock. 

Please contact Angela Fava <favaangela@yahoo.com if you are interested in helping out.

Congratulations to the Rainier Beach and Broadview-Bitter Lake-Haller Lake Neighborhoods!

Great news: the Rainier Beach and Broadview – Bitter Lake – Haller Lake neighborhood plan updates are done! Last month we held the final community meetings in the update process. Approximately 40 people attended the Broadview – Bitter Lake – Haller Lake meeting and 110 people attend the Rainier Beach meeting. Deputy Mayor Smith, Councilmember Burgess, DPD Director Diane Sugimura and DON Director Bernie Matsuno attended the Rainier Beach meeting and provided opening remarks.

We made a significant transition during the March meetings. The community is now leading the effort to shape the future of their neighborhood; the City will play a supportive role. We are excited that 19 Broadview – Bitter Lake – Haller Lake community members signed up for at least one of the three Action Teams: create a town center on Linden; improve safe walking and biking; and build community. In Rainier Beach, 64 people signed up to participate on Action Teams! Their teams will work on: a place for everyone; lifelong learning; growing food to develop healthy industry; and a beautiful safe place.

We are grateful to the community members who demonstrated their commitment to their neighborhood by helping us update the neighborhood plans.  Thank you for being willing to roll up your sleeves and get the work done!

Linden Place holds first National Night Out August 2

Come join your neighbors for this fun-filled Night out Against Crime event.  There will be food and games for the kids, and a chance to learn more and give feedback on the Neighborhood Plan Update going on in the community.  Click here for more information and here to read the press release.

Volunteers Build Barton Street and Bitter Lake P-Patches from Scratch

Barton Street P-Patch, located on the corner of 34th Ave SW & SW Barton, and the Bitter Lake P-Patch, located N 143rd & Linden Ave N, had their inaugural work parties last weekend. Barton’s fence was nearly built, the stake was secured, the major paths were cut and the sod was moved, and the berms have a layer of sod. Bitter Lake is working on transplanting Alaska Cedars within their garden so their contractor can come in and begin the major garden excavations. For both gardens a lot more work still needs to get done and they rely heavily on volunteers throughout their community.

Both gardens’ community members are excited to get their gardening space built. Barton is holding another work party on Saturday May 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Bitter Lake is continuing their work parties starting on Sunday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Anyone who is interested in gardening or who wants to get involved with their neighborhood events is invited!