Storytelling and Video Celebrating Earth Day and the Duwamish River on April 19

Earth Day StorytellersCome hear the Seattle Storytellers Guild present tales around “Earth Day Storytelling 2015: New Seeds, New Growth” on Sunday, April 19, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center (4705 W. Marginal Way SW). In addition to storytelling, a video will be shown about youth in the Delridge neighborhood who were inspired by a story to paint a 210-foot mural of the history of the Duwamish River at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. This event is funded by a Small Sparks award of $1,000.

 

Our New Website Launches Today!

DON Home PageWith helpful feedback from our users and lots of great work by staff, our website now has a new look. You’ll find:

  • A simple, streamlined format that provides and highlights information you most want and need
  • Improved navigation and a consistent look from page to page
  • New and improved mapping and data
  • A calendar and posts from our Front Porch blog filtered by program to provide targeted news and information

This improvement is to assist you in finding the information you need as our staff strives to involve, educate, and engage you in your neighborhood. We hope you enjoy the new format.

P-Patch Gardeners Donate 40,000 Pounds to Seattle Food Banks and Meal Programs

GardenerLast year our P-Patch gardeners’ “green thumbs” grew 40,145 pounds of fresh organic produce for Seattle food banks and meal programs. These food donations came from 36 P-Patch “giving gardens,” which are P-Patch plots dedicated to growing food for donation. In addition, at least 20% of the total food donations came from individual P-Patch gardeners. P-Patchers volunteer to steward the giving gardens and handle the delivery of fresh produce over the growing season. To celebrate the “giving garden” season, Interbay P-Patch Community Garden just held its annual kick-off with more than 20 gardeners preparing soil and planting early crops. Here is a quote from an Interbay P-Patch gardener about last year’s harvest: “This was a great year in the Interbay Giving Garden! …Despite the heat, which was a little hard on the kale, chard and collards, we nonetheless harvested a combined total of 266 lbs. of those greens. We had our best cucumber year ever, with 46 pounds donated. Herbs were a huge success this year, too: 17 lbs. of chives, 15 lbs. of basil and 14 lbs. of flat-leaf parsley. That’s a lot of leaves!!! … We’ll be rearin’ to go come spring!”   Congratulations, P-Patch gardeners, for sharing with and caring for your Seattle community!

Small and Simple Projects Fund Workshops Happening This Spring

dragon dancersThe Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) is hosting workshops for community groups interested in learning more about our popular Small and Simple Projects Fund. The Small and Simple Projects Fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects.

Each workshop provides 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 www.surveymonkey.com/s/NMFWorkshop. The dates are:

  • Wednesday, April 22; 6 – 8 p.m. at Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St. – Multipurpose Room
  • Tuesday, April 28; 6 – 8 p.m. at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S – Room 106
  • Thursday, May 14; 6 – 8 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE – Multipurpose Room

To learn about the Fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m., but be sure to register now to apply. There will be one more opportunity to apply to the Small and Simple Projects Fund in October.

Last Large Project Fund Workshop Thursday, April 9

Playground ProjectThe Neighborhood Matching Fund, a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, is hosting its last workshop for those interested in applying to the Large Projects Fund this May. The Large Projects Fund provides matching funds of up to $100,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects. Attendance at a workshop is required to submit a Large Projects Fund application.

The mandatory workshop will provide an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a strong application, and the review process. Neighborhood and community groups interested in applying are invited to attend. The final workshop date and location is

Thursday, April 9, 6 – 8.p.m.
El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16 th Ave S

To attend the workshop, RSVP at surveymonkey.com/s/LPFWorkshop2015 or contact us at NMFund@seattle.gov or 206-733-9916.

The deadline for the Large Projects Fund is May 4 at 5:00 p.m . To learn more, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/largeproject.htm

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.

Small Sparks Funds still Available for Spring Clean!

Spring Clean flierIf your neighborhood would like to participate in Spring Clean, the city’s annual community clean-up event, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your activity.

The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1,000 to help enhance their activities with funding for publicity, plants, or special clean-up supplies, to name a few. The deadline for applications is six weeks before your event.

For information on the application process, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm or call 206-233-0093. Interested applicants must register in the web-based application system at least two days before applying.

Spring Clean is Seattle’s premier clean-up event hosted by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). Held every April and May through a partnership with Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and Department of Transportation, Spring Clean provides opportunities for residents to keep our city tidy. SPU provides bags, gloves, safety vests and more to help with the neighborhood clean-ups. For more information, contact the Spring Clean hotline at (206) 233-7187 or visit seattle.gov/util/EnvironmentConservation/GetInvolved/SpringClean/index.htm.

 

City Awards $544,000 in Matching Funds for Neighborhood Projects

Othello Park Music FestToday the City announced $544,761 in matching funds to support neighborhood-initiated projects across the city of Seattle. Twenty-nine community groups received awards from the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) for projects as diverse as youth fitness programs to pop-up parks.

“These projects are the result of community members collaborating on ways to improve the quality of life in their neighborhood,” said Mayor Murray. “Over its 27-year history, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has been a vital resource for neighborhoods across this city. I’m looking forward to seeing these projects come to life.”

The Small and Simple Projects Fund, one of three funds provided 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 2015 March awards range from $6,860 to $25,000, and the organizations pledged to match the city’s $544,761 investment with resources valued at $728,878. Recipients of the fund match their awards through a combination of locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor.

In addition to the Small and Simple Projects Fund, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has two other programs: the Large Projects Fund which provides matching funds of up to $100,000 and Small Sparks Fund which provides funds of up to $1,000. More than 5,000 projects have been completed by neighborhoods and communities with the help of NMF since 1988, and its investment in neighborhoods can be seen across the city – from the Fremont Troll to Georgetown’s Hat n’ Boots. For more information about all the funds visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/.

The Small and Simple Projects Fund opens again for applications in May and September. To learn more visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm.

2015 March Small and Simple Projects Fund Awards [Read more…]

Youth Opportunity Summit Saturday, April 11

Youth Opportunity SummitMayor Murray is convening an all-day Youth Opportunity Summit, with a particular focus on improving outcomes for young men of color. This Summit is intended to launch a new conversation about how we can build on the good work of our community partners through better alignment of resources, better coordination across systems and agencies, and through lifting up the voices of young people to address longstanding disparities.

Save the Date: Youth Opportunity Summit Date: Saturday, April 11th, 2015 Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 PM Where: Rainier Beach High School 8815 S Seward Park Ave, Seattle, WA 98118

Seattle has committed to three related national initiatives:

The Youth Opportunity Summit will also serve as a space for dialogue on how Seattle can connect to a larger national network of communities engaged in addressing disparities for young people of color, identify ways to improve on our local strategies, and ultimately take action to move the needle locally.

For the most up to date information on this event, please visit: http://murray.seattle.gov/youthopportunitysummit

City of Seattle’s “Find It, Fix It” Offers Mobile Phone Users way Report Graffiti, Potholes and Other Issues

The City of Seattle’s “Find It, Fix It” smartphone app offers mobile users a way to report selected issues to the City. The app takes advantage of technology available on mobile devices, including geographic awareness, to give mobile users a convenient way to alert the City to issues such as graffiti, potholes and streetlight outages, while providing location information that helps City staff respond.

The app, which can be downloaded to any iPhone or Android phone, offers the following service request categories:

  • Abandoned Vehicles: report vehicles parked in a public right-of-way more than three days.
  • Graffiti: report graffiti, including what it is on – parking meter, utility pole or building – so it gets automatically routed to the appropriate department for response.
  • Illegal Dumping: report illegal dumping in a specific location.
  • Parking Enforcement: make an inquiry regarding a parking concern.
  • Pothole: report a pothole.
  • Streetlight Report: report a specific outage.
  • Other Inquiry: this miscellaneous category is for making an inquiry or request, which will be processed by the City’s Customer Service Bureau. Mobile users should choose this category to provide feedback.

Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from iTunes. The fastest way to find the app is to search on this phrase within quotes: “find it, fix it.”

The app also provides a link to http://m.seattle.gov, the mobile version of the City of Seattle’s website. Windows phone users can use this link to view the City’s full website and “request a City service” under the “Need Help” section near the bottom of the home page.

In addition to the app, you report issues and request information:

  • In person at the Customer Service Bureau located in the City Hall lobby, the Customer Service Center in the Seattle Municipal Tower lobby and any of six Neighborhood Service Centers;
  • Over the phone by calling the Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-2489 (CITY); and
  • At the City’s website at http://www.seattle.gov.

All requests submitted must specify a location within Seattle city limits in order to complete processing. If the location is outside the city limits, a message will display to the user and the request will close automatically.

For help with Find It, Fix It and City services in general, please contact the Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-2489 (CITY).