Learn How to Get Funds for Your Neighborhood Project

Small & Simple Projects FundOur Neighborhood Matching Fund program 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. These workshops will provide opportunities for you to:

  • Get an overview of our Small and Simple Projects Fund.
  • Find out how to get up to $25,000 for your community project.
  • Learn how to create a successful application.



  • August 4; 6 – 8pm at Montlake Community Center, 1618 East Calhoun St.
  • August 9; 6 – 8pm at El Centro Del La Raza, 2524 16th Avenue S.
  • August 18; 6 – 8pm at Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

To RSVP, call 206-233-0093 or go online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H2PWPFY.


To learn more about the Fund, visit our website. The deadline for applications is Monday, September 12 at 5pm. All applicants must register in advance in the City of Seattle Webgrants system prior to completing an application.

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 $250,000 for Duwamish River Neighborhood Projects

Duwamish River

Duwamish River (Photo: Benjamin Cody)

Today Mayor Murray announced $250,000 from the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund has been awarded to four community projects supporting neighborhoods along the Duwamish River. This fund provides support to programs focused on challenges faced by Duwamish River neighborhoods during the Superfund clean-up.

“The neighborhoods along the Duwamish have had to struggle with significant environmental challenges due to the river’s contamination,” said Mayor Murray. “The Duwamish River Opportunity Fund is one facet of the City’s commitment to support the needs of these communities during the ongoing cleanup and to help promote a healthy and thriving community.”

The projects will be implemented this year and will continue into 2017.

The 2015 Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Awards

  • $46,000 to Catalyst to support business recruitment and attraction in the South Park business district, working in partnership with the South Park Area Redevelopment Committee.
  • $70,000 to Just Health Action to develop a peer training program for Vietnamese and Latino subsistence fishers about fishing regulations, sustainable resource protections, and fish consumption health advisories.
  • $75,000 to Seattle Parks Foundation to fund a program manager to continue the Duwamish Valley Green Spaces program; and create and teach a new outdoor air quality curriculum for the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps, including hands-on experience locating, installing, and maintaining a green wall.
  • $59,000 to Seattle Good Business Network to pilot a co-production and training sewing studio, create opportunities for flexible employment via freelance sewing opportunities, and continue to revitalize the local sewn-goods economy through resource and coalition development.

About the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund
The City of Seattle is working to make the Superfund cleanup of the Duwamish River result in the optimum outcome for the river and its adjacent neighborhoods. In addition to its commitment to the clean-up efforts, the City recognizes that the communities along the Duwamish have many needs. To address some of these, the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund was created in 2014 to enhance existing programs and support new ones. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods manages the fund.

Summer Opportunity Fund Awards $75,000 to Five Community Projects Focused on Young Men of Color

Summer Opportunity FundThe City of Seattle has announced the awards for the Summer Opportunity Fund, a $75,000 fund created to support community-based projects that address and help reduce violence against young adults. The fund was open to community organizations, groups, and businesses to apply.

To be considered, projects needed to focus on education, employment, justice, violence prevention, health, or a combination of these topics. The City also sought community-based ideas and projects that leveraged other resources such as community partnerships, in-kind donations, and existing resources and services.

The awarded organizations and projects are:

  • $15,000 to 180 Program to provide peer training and leadership development for young men of color focused on healing circles, peacemaking, and a UW lecture and campus tour, along with mentoring, job placement and social services connections.
  • $14,985 to Multi-Communities for the Men’s Circle Journey Project, a facilitated support group for East African and African American men to foster and enhance emotional intelligence, increase self-esteem and respect, provide a safe place to talk, learn and heal, and foster authenticity in actions.
  • $14,995 to Somali Family Task Force for a three-month program designed to promote and empower 18-24-year-old East African young men’s healthy development and transition through emerging adulthood by providing mentoring/mentorship, educational preparedness, and job readiness skills building.
  • $15,000 to Guiding Academic Motivation for Excellence for a leadership development, empowerment, and community awareness project for 15 East African and African American males to include a walk-a-thon/community march, a community education rally and cookout, and a youth talent and fashion show produced by the participants.
  • $15,000 to Brothers United in Leadership Development to host BUILD the Hood events that highlight culture, healthy lifestyles, and environmental and social activities, and a resource fair for young black men and their families; in addition to a barbershop series to bring issues around education, justice, employment, and health to cultivate inter-generational relationships.

All projects will begin this summer and will be completed this fall. The Summer Opportunity Fund is funded by the Seattle Human Services Department and administered by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Apply for Funding to Create Your Own Park

Seattle Park(ing) DayWant to create your own (temporary) public park and get funding from the city to do it?!

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is now accepting applications to turn on-street parking spaces into pop-up parks and street improvements for its annual PARK(ing) Day Plus+ event in September. Each year, residents, businesses, and organizations participate in the international PARK(ing) Day program to engage their communities in rethinking how streets can be used.

Through our Small Sparks Fund, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods can provide you up to $1,000 in matching funds to support your one-of-a-kind pop-up park! Funds can be used for outreach materials, park supplies, cultural activities, games, astroturf, and more.

Grant applications must be submitted by August 5 via our online application. If you are interested and have questions, please send an email to NMFund@seattle.gov or call (206) 233-0093.

Also, be sure to also submit your separate PARK(ing) Day Plus+ application to the Department of Transportation by the August 5 deadline. The short, free application can be found on SDOT’s website. It requires a site plan, location description, and documentation of neighbor notification. Completed applications or questions can be emailed to David.Burgesser@seattle.gov.

Seattle has participated in PARK(ing) Day since 2007, and based on its success, SDOT is expanding the event into PARK(ing) Day Plus+ this year. It will now span two days: Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17. In addition, applicants are encouraged test out temporary street improvements, such as bike lanes and sidewalks, as well as the pop-up parks that have been the focus of the event in the past.

More information about PARK(ing) Day Plus+, including application examples and guidelines, can be found on SDOT’s website. They’ve also included a photo gallery of past PARK(ing) Day installations, so take a peek and get inspired!

Belltown Find It, Fix It Community Walk

Find It, Fix It Community WalkMayor Murray’s Find It, Fix It Community Walks provide a unique opportunity for community members to identify neighborhood needs and discuss challenges directly with City leaders. The second walk of the year will be held in Belltown on Tuesday, June 28.

Belltown Find It, Fix It Community Walk
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Sign-in and refreshments provided by Starbucks from 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Program and walk from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Meet at the Belltown Community Center located at 5th Ave and Bell St (415 Bell St)

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Sign-in and refreshments at Belltown Community Center

6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

  • Welcome remarks from Mayor Ed Murray

6:15 p.m. – 7:25 p.m.

  • Walk commences along the following route (map):
    • West on Bell St.
    • North on 2nd
    • West on Vine St.
    • East on Battery St.
    • West on Bell St.

7:25 pm – 7:30 p.m.

  • Walk concludes at Western Ave and Bell Street
  • City department representatives available for follow-up questions


Participants can use the Find It, Fix It mobile app on the walk. This smartphone app offers mobile users one more way to report selected issues to the City. Make sure to download the app before the walk.

In partnership with Cities of Service, the City will offer up to $5,000 in grants for community-led projects to each 2016 Find It, Fix It Walk neighborhood. The Belltown Community Project Grant Application is available on June 23 at www.seattle.gov/finditfixit until Friday, July 8. If you have an idea for a project in Belltown, apply today!

For more information on the Find It, Fix It Community Walks program, contact Laura Jenkins at 206.233.5166 or laura.jenkins@seattle.gov or visit www.seattle.gov/finditfixit.

Funds available to support neighborhood Night Out 2016 activities

brighton-night-out.nltrIf your neighborhood wants or plans to participate in this year’s 32nd Annual Night Out on August 2, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your event.

The Small Sparks Fund provides funding for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement and relationship building. Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out activities such as outreach materials, cultural entertainment, music, food,  and kids’ activities, to name a few. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 1 at 5:00 p.m., but you must register first in our web-based application system to apply.

For information on the application process, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm or call 206-733-9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round for such activities as block parties, neighborhood sports tournaments, community picnics, and emergency preparation training, just to name a few.

Night Out is a national crime prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more or to register for Night Out, visit www.seattle.gov/police/Nightout/.

City Announces $75,000 Summer Opportunity Fund

Summer Opportunity FundApplications are now available for the City of Seattle Summer Opportunity Fund. This fund provides $75,000 for community-based summer projects that support positive activities and opportunities for youth while reducing violence that disproportionately affects communities of color in Seattle. Community organizations, groups, and businesses are encouraged to apply.

To be considered, projects should focus on education, employment, justice, violence prevention, health, or a combination of these topics. Projects should also include opportunities to involve East African and Black/African American young men ages 18-24 living in or attending school in Seattle. The City is looking for community-based ideas and encourages applicants to leverage other resources such as community partnerships, in-kind donations, and existing resources and services.

Funded projects will receive between $5,000 and $15,000, and all programming must run between July 22 and October 31, 2016. The application deadline is Monday, June 20 by noon.

Individual application assistance sessions are available by appointment on:

  • June 2, 11:30 – 5 p.m. at the New Holly Seattle Public Library (7058 32nd Avenue S)
  • June 8, 4 – 7:30 p.m. at the Rainier Beach Community Center, Teen Room (8825 Rainier Ave S)
  • June 9, 4 – 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass-Truth Seattle Public Library (2300 E Yesler Way)

Schedule a 30-minute assistance session by emailing DON_Grants@seattle.gov. Attendance is not mandatory for funding consideration but highly encouraged.

The Summer Opportunity Fund is funded by the Seattle Human Services Department and administered by the Department of Neighborhoods.

For information, guidelines, and the application, please visit our website.

Neighbors Invited to Help Plan Aurora-Licton Find It, Fix It Community Walk

Mayor Murray on Find It, Fix It Community Walk

The Aurora-Licton community is invited to help plan the Aurora-Licton Find It, Fix It Community Walk, the first of seven Mayor-led walks happening this year. During these walks, neighbors, police, and City officials walk together to identify physical elements in the neighborhood that make it feel unsafe or poorly maintained. Examples include overgrown trees, graffiti, street light outages, and litter. Once the elements are identified, the City and community work together to fix the problems.

The Aurora-Licton walk will be held on Tuesday, May 31 from 6 – 7:30 p.m and will be centered on the area around Aurora Avenue N between N. 84th and 110th Streets and will follow a route determined by community members serving on its Community Walk Action Team. If you are interested in serving on this team, contact Find It, Fix It Program Coordinator Hilary Nichols at hilary.nichols@seattle.gov or 206.386.1907.

In addition, Aurora-Licton residents are invited to apply for up to $5000 to complete community projects that improve the safety or appearance of their neighborhood. To apply for the Aurora-Licton Community Project Grants, community members can find the application at seattle.gov/finditfixit beginning Wednesday, May 25 through Friday, June 10.

Lastly, community members don’t have to wait for the walk to report safety needs or city maintenance issues. They can use the Find It, Fix It mobile app:

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


$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)