Neighborhood Matching Fund Hosts April Workshops for Community Groups

Hopscotch projectThe Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF), a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, is hosting workshops for community groups interested in learning about the city’s 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 such as cultural festivals, facility improvements, public art, and youth activities.

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BWLYNJB.

The dates are:

  • Tuesday, April 12; 6 – 8 p.m. at Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Avenue S.
  • Thursday, April 28; 6 – 8 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Avenue NE

To learn about the Fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund/small-and-simple-projects-fund-. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 6 at 5:00 p.m., but make sure to register now to apply.

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.

Mayor Murray Announces $617,000 in Matching Funds for Neighborhood Projects

Volunteers plantingToday Mayor Ed Murray announced an investment of $617,102 in matching funds to support 31 neighborhood-initiated projects across the city. The awards are from the Neighborhood Matching Fund for a variety of arts events, physical improvements, and youth projects.

“These investments fund the work of the many community members who roll up their sleeves to create a more vibrant and inclusive city,” said Mayor Murray. “These projects include creative ways for people of all ages and walks of life to be involved. From hearing the personal histories of Yesler Terrace residents to helping to design a community crosswalk, we are partnering to improve neighborhoods across the city.”

These awards are part of the Small and Simple Projects Fund, one of three funds offered by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. It provides cash awards of up to $25,000 in matching funds to community organizations committed to fostering and building a better community. The 2016 February awards range from $4,249 to $25,000, and the organizations pledge to match the City of Seattle’s $617,102 investment with $722,931 of locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor.

“What makes the Neighborhood Matching Fund so successful is that dollars raised by community groups and their volunteer hours are leveraged with the help of the Fund,” said Kathy Nyland, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “Since 1988, it has meant that more than 5,000 community-led projects across the city have happened, and we’re all richer for it.”

In addition to the Small and Simple Projects Fund, the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) has two other programs: the Large Projects Fund which provides matching funds of up to $100,000, and the Small Sparks Fund which provides funds of up to $1,000. Over its 28-year history, more than 5,000 projects have been funded with the help of NMF, and its investment in neighborhoods can be seen across the city. For more information about all of the funds visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/.

The Small and Simple Projects Fund has two more opportunities to apply this year in June and September. To learn more visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm.

2016 Small and Simple Projects Fund February Awards

Citywide

$24,185 to Skate Like a Girl and Youth Employment Skateboarding to train and post 10 adult volunteer stewards at skate parks this summer and host a community celebration this fall. (Community match: $24,810)

$13,200 to Somali Health Board to survey the Somali community about health priorities and prepare a draft implementation plan to be shared for input via focus groups, roundtables, and forums. (Community match: $15,300)

$10,000 to Seattle Indian Health Board to complete a plaque and painted crosswalk, and host a healing ceremony to honor the life of Mr. John T. Williams, Native American carver. (Community match: $7,120)

$25,000 to the Tigrean Community Association to fix and upgrade the kitchen at the Tigrean Community Center and bring it up to health and safety codes. (Community match: $47,700)

$24,656 to Friends of STEM Technology to conduct a youth Science Technology Engineering and Math summer camp where youth will enhance their video skills. (Community match: $49,620)

District 1

$18,200 to Concord International Elementary PTA to lead a community design process for improvements to the school grounds to include trees, access to crosswalks, and rain gardens. (Community match: $16,213)

District 2

$22,436 to Friends of Detective Cookie Chess Park to plan and design an outdoor chess park and multi-functional community space. (Community match: $17,640)

$6,000 to Maple Elementary PTSA for playground improvements to include surface painting, art, and color enhancements. (Community match: $6,600)

$8,475 to Jefferson Mock-Trial Steering Committee to host outreach events to youth and provide the community with information about the judicial system, legal rights and issues. Youth will produce a video, attend competitions, and host informative community events. (Community match: $30,880)

$19,000 to Columbia City Business Association to involve 60 youth performers, provide mentoring, and offer the youth venues for live performances at the Columbia City BeatWalk (Community match: $11,600)

$25,000 to Hillman City Restorative Justice Committee to organize 12 free monthly workshops about restorative justice to help neighbors resolve conflict and strengthen community relationships. (Community match: $20,900)

$25,000 to Friends of Little Saigon to lead a community process to design and install decorative crosswalks at the intersection of S. Jackson Street and 12th Avenue S. (Community match: $25,000)

$19,445 to Southeast Seattle Senior Foundation to lead residents, community and staff through a process to imagine, design and select a long-term capital improvement plan for the exterior community spaces of Brighton Apartments. (Community match: $9,800)

$23,785 to The Passian Center for the Walk Away Day, a three-part event to bring youth together to make a decision to let go of something negative in their life. (Community match: $15,835)

$7,100 to Big-Brained Superheroes Club to expand and improve ongoing activities and include a series of STE(A)M concepts and activities. (Community match: $5,200)

$12,623 to North Beacon Hill Council to develop and conduct an inclusive online survey to residents regarding the impact of the 2035 Comprehensive plan, commitment to the 2010 Neighborhood Plan goals, and other topics. (Community match: $14, 112)

$25,000 to Friends of Japantown to revitalize and beautify its Nihonmachi Alley with public art, lighting, and programming opportunities. (Community match: $115,060)

District 3

$25,000 to Volunteer Park Trust to begin Phase II of the Volunteer Park Amphitheater Project which includes the concept design for a new performance stage. (Community match: $12,509)

$8,348 to Friends of Yesler Terrace to collect stories of former and current Yesler Terrace residents and create a reunion celebration, a series of community conversations, and a scrapbook of stories and photos. (Community match: $12,420)

$25,000 to Bego to organize the Little Ethiopia Music, Song and Dance Festival this summer to celebrate the Ethiopian community and the accomplishment of its business community. (Community match: $18,508)

District 5

$25,000 to Lake City Future First to organize a series of nine community conversations with dedicated local outreach to reach new and existing partners, especially under-represented voices. (Community match: $29,750)

$25,000 to Lake City Greenways Project to develop 60% construction drawings for a pocket park in the Olympic Hills neighborhood. (Community match: $15,713)

$25,000 to Friends of the Lake City Fred Meyer Garden Project to develop schematic design and construction drawings based on the conceptual design; and continue the work of fundraising, business outreach, artist engagement, and a robust public process. (Community match: $15,281)

District 6

$25,000 to Friends of Ballard Parklet to design, raise funds, and build Ballard’s first public parklet. (Community match: $43,800)

$20,400 to Bergen Place Activation Committee to produce free summer lunchtime concert series in Bergen Place Park. (Community match: $11,876)

District 7

$25,000 to the John Hay Foundation to conduct a community engagement process to design and develop upgrades to the school playground and play field areas. (Community match: $13,655)

$25,000 to Magnolia Chamber of Commerce to lead a community-based commercial revitalization effort which entails a preliminary retail assessment and community outreach. (Community match: $14,420)

$25,000 to Friends of Market to MOHAI Corridor to lead a community process to develop design standards for a pedestrian corridor from the waterfront to Lake Union along Bell Street and Terry Avenue. (Community match: $73,290)

$25,000 to Path with Art to organize the “We Are All Here” project in Pioneer Square to involve free workshops and a fall celebration to provide the public an opportunity to create art (painting, music, and poetry) and to spark dialogue in the community. (Community match: $61,420)

$25,000 to South Lake Union Community Council to complete final design of microparks along Westlake Avenue between Denny Way and Lake Union Park, plus finalize cost estimates and apply for construction permits. (Community match: $12,500)

$4,249 to Friends of Gilman Gardens to provide running water on site to the Gilman Gardens P-Patch community garden. (Community match: $4,400)

 

Funds Available for Spring Clean Neighborhood Activities

Jenny Frankl and SE cleanupIf your neighborhood is participating in Spring Clean, Seattle Public Utilities’ annual clean-up campaign, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your activities.

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 your activities with funding for publicity, planting materials, 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. Make sure to register in our 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 each year in April and May with Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Seattle 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 your neighborhood clean-up. For more information, contact the Spring Clean hotline at (206) 233-7187 or visit seattle.gov/util/EnvironmentConservation/GetInvolved/SpringClean/index.htm.

 

Workshops Available for Applicants to Large Projects Fund

NMF workshop posterSeattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund is hosting four more workshops for those interested in applying to its Large Projects Fund this May. The Large Projects Fund awards matching funds of up to $100,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects. Attendance at one of the workshops is required in order to submit a Large Projects Fund application.

Each workshop provides an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a strong application, and the review process. Neighborhood and community groups interested in the fund are invited to attend. Here are the workshop dates and locations:

Thursday, March 10, 6 – 8 p.m.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW

Tuesday, March 15, 6 – 8 p.m.
The 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S

Thursday, March 24, 6 – 8 p.m.
Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave N

Wednesday, April 6, 6 – 8.p.m.
Laurelhurst Community Center, 4554 NE 41st St.

To attend a workshop, RSVP at surveymonkey.com/r/Largeprojects2016 or call us at 206-733-9916.

The deadline for the Large Projects Fund is May 2 at 5:00 p.m. To learn more, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund/large-projects-fund.

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.

 

Learn about the Garifuna Culture at this Community Dialogue – A Neighborhood Matching Fund Project

Garinagu Houngua DialogueOn Saturday, March 5, the Garinagu Houngua Planning Committee will host a free public workshop about Garifuna culture from both a contemporary and historical perspective. The workshop will be held at Casa Latina at 317 17th Ave S beginning at 4 p.m. The workshop will feature a panel of experts on Garifuna culture,  which is the ethnic group of African and Indigenous-descended people living in northern Central America. It will also feature live Garifuna music.  The workshop is being organized by  members of the local Garifuna community.  This event is part of an 11-week series of workshops about Garifuna language and culture which is being supported by a Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Award of $25,000. For more information on the event, call 206-851-6925 or go to www.garinaguhoungua.org.

Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Projects Fund Workshop Tomorrow, February 23 at Miller Community Center

nmfworkshopThe Neighborhood Matching Fund, a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, is hosting five workshops 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 one of the six workshops is required in order to submit a Large Projects Fund application.

Each 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 the fund are invited to attend. Workshop dates and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, February 23, 6 – 8 p.m.

Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave E

Thursday, March 10, 6 – 8 p.m.

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW

Tuesday, March 15, 6 – 8 p.m.

The 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S

Thursday, March 24, 6 – 8 p.m.

Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave N

Wednesday, April 6, 6 – 8.p.m.

Laurelhurst Community Center, 4554 NE 41st St.

To attend a workshop, RSVP at surveymonkey.com/r/Largeprojects2016 or call us at 206-733-9916. The deadline for the Large Projects Fund is May 2 at 5:00 p.m. To learn more, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund/large-projects-fund.

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. 

 

You’re Invited to Share your Thoughts on the Junction Plaza Park Art Installation

Junction Plaza Park Art PosterThe West Seattle Junction Association will install public art at Junction Plaza Park (SW Alaska St & 42nd Ave SW). You’re invited to provide feedback about the proposed designs at a meeting on February 11 from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. at Cupcake Royale (4556 California Avenue SW). The artist will unveil three design directions, each with different color schemes. The artist, Troy Pillow, is very excited to see which direction the community thinks is strongest and to get general comments and suggestions. For more information contact: Susan Melrose of West Seattle Junction Association at susan@wsjunction.org / 206-935-0904.

The Junction Plaza Park Art project received an award of $25,000 from our Neighborhood Matching Fund.

 

 

City Begins Participatory Budgeting Initiative “Youth Voice, Youth Choice” with Public Idea Assemblies

Youth Voice, Youth Choice LogoYouth Voice, Youth Choice is our new Participatory Budgeting (PB) Initiative, a democratic process where community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget that focuses on engaging people who have not historically been involved in government or budget processes.

Last July, Mayor Murray and Councilmember Nick Licata announced the launch of a citywide youth PB process to take place with $700,000 of city funds. The PB process named Youth Voice, Youth Choice is managed by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) with the goal of empowering youth to make important decisions on how to spend a portion of the budget.

Youth Voice, Youth Choice involves four steps:

  1. Community members come up with ideas for public projects they would like to see in their communities.
  2. Youth volunteers turn those ideas into concrete proposals with support from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and City staff.
  3. Seattle youth vote for the projects they would like to see implemented in their communities.
  4. The winning projects are funded and implemented by the City of Seattle and other local agencies.

Next week, the City kicks off the process by holding public idea assemblies to brainstorm ideas for potential projects with community members of all ages. Join us at one of the seven idea assemblies held across the city:

January 28 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Meridian Center for Health

February 3 from 3 – 5 p.m. at UW Ethnic Cultural Center, Unity Room

February 4 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Greenwood Library

February 9 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Douglass Truth Library

February 10 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

February 18 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at New Holly Gathering Hall

District 7 TBD

Anyone can attend a public idea assembly to share their thoughts on what kinds of projects they would like to see funded in their community. For other ways to get involved, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/youth-participatory-budgeting.

 

 

 

 

 

Help Redesign Pioneer Park in Pioneer Square

Pioneer Park Open House PosterAll are invited to drop in and comment on the final stage of the Pioneer Square Parks and Gateways Project, a redesign of Pioneer Park.  An open house is being held between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 21.  Stop by and offer your thoughts on the design proposals.  And invite your coworkers!  Only through an inclusive process will we get a design for Pioneer Park that truly celebrates its strength as an historic and cultural anchor, and reinforces it as a place for all in the neighborhood.

http://www.pioneersquare.org/calendar/redesign-pioneer-park-open-house/.

The Pioneer Square Parks and Gateways Projects is sponsored in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award of $100,000. To learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund.

 

 

 

Art on Pier 86’s Silos? Learn More on January 20

Pier 86 public art meeting flierJoin your neighbors and Friends of Art on Pier 86 for a presentation of the draft feasibility study report regarding public art on the silos and grain elevator on Pier 86.  The presentation is at 7 p.m. on January 20 at the Port of Seattle Office (Pier 69, 2711 Alaskan Way).  This study was funded with a $25,000 award from the Neighborhood Matching Fund. For more information: www.fap86.com or facebook.com/fap86.