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.

 

 

Workshops Announced for Applicants to City’s Large Projects Fund

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. 

 

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.

 

 

 

Now Accepting Proposals to Neighborhood Park and Street Fund

man crossing streetWe are now accepting proposals to the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF) which supports improvements to neighborhood parks and streets proposed by the community. The deadline for applications is February 8, 2016.

The NPSF can be used for projects valued up to $90,000. Examples of park projects include minor playground improvements, trail upgrades, natural area renovations, park benches and tables, and accessibility improvements. Examples of street projects include sidewalk repair; crossing improvements such as marked crosswalks, curb bulbs, and pedestrian countdown signals; and traffic calming, such as traffic circles and radar speed feedback signs. Awarded projects will be completed in 2017.

To learn more about the fund or to propose a project, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-park-and-street-fund. Any individual, neighborhood group, or business group is eligible and encouraged to apply.

For questions, contact your Neighborhood District Coordinator with Seattle Department of Neighborhoods or Wendy Watson at 206-684-0719.

 

Mayor Announces $464,000 in Matching Funds for Neighborhood Projects

Rainier Beach Community ClubMayor Murray has announced the 24 community groups receiving matching funds to support neighborhood-initiated projects across the city. Totaling $464,823, the Neighborhood Matching Fund awards will fund a variety of physical improvements, cultural festivals, and events.

“These awards recognize the dedication and hard work of community members working together to improve their neighborhood,” said Mayor Murray. “Whether the projects are for physical improvements or a cultural celebration, the benefit of this program is the connection and engagement of neighbors and the broader community.”

These awards are part of the Small and Simple Projects Fund, one of three funds we offer through the Neighborhood Matching Fund. It provides cash awards of up to $25,000 in matching funds to community organizations committed to fostering and building a better community. The 2015 November awards range from $5,000 to $25,000, and the organizations pledge to match the City of Seattle’s $464,823 investment with $523,744 of locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor.

“The Neighborhood Matching Fund has been such an incredible resource for communities over the past 27 years,” said Kathy Nyland, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “The dollars raised by community groups are leveraged with the help of the Fund which means a “win” for the groups and their projects, but also a “win” for the community at large. This round of projects is diverse and creative and proves once again how resourceful communities are throughout Seattle.”

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. Since 1988 more than 5,000 projects have been completed by neighborhoods and communities 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 opens again for applications next January. To learn more, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm.

Congratulations to these November awardees:

District 1

$17,172 to Delridge Advisory Core Team to survey and do outreach to create a shared vision for business prosperity, foster community-oriented economic development, and connect neighborhood businesses and residents. (Community match: $9,800)

$25,000 to West Seattle Junction Association to procure and install a large piece of public art, along with lighting, in the Junction Plaza Park. (Community match: $28,660)

$8,900 to Friends of the Chilberg Link to extensively landscape a sloped median on Chilberg Avenue SW leading to Emma Schmitz Park to grow edible plants and create an attractive display. (Community match: $10,888)

District 2

$11,750 to Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience to create an exhibit about the Danny Woo Community Garden featuring oral histories of pioneers and elderly immigrant gardeners and hands-on learning activities. (Community match: $47,171)

District 3

$25,000 to Gay City Arts to organize events exploring the experiences of three marginalized groups within LGBT communities: people of color, transgender and genderqueer people, and people over 40. The free events will include classes in visual, literary and performing arts, along with community dialogues and performances. (Community match: $33,404)

$25,000 to Tasveer to organize the 11th Aaina: South Asian Women’s Focus festival to celebrate the artistic and activist work of and about South Asian women and their community through film, visual art, performances, and conversations. (Community match: $48,750)

$15,000 to Madrona PTSA to install a reader board at the school’s front entrance to engage the Madrona community with school news and neighborhood events. (Community match: $15,085)

$12,800 to Friends of Mt. Baker Ridge Viewpoint to remove invasive plants, restore native habitat, preserve the view corridor and do some replacement planting. (Community match: $12,820)

$10,000 to Capitol Hill Champion to organize community engagement regarding neighborhood priorities for Capitol Hill Station Transit Oriented Development though focused conversations and design charrettes with underrepresented populations to promote inclusion of neighborhood preferences. (Community match: $7,720)

$25,000 to First Hill Improvement Association to engage the community in a visioning and concept design for First Hill Park to make it a safe, active open space. (Community match: $13,500)

$25,000 to Friends of the Conservatory to conduct a feasibility study addressing improvements of water usage in Volunteer Park. Study will include preliminary design and cost estimates. (Community match: $12,500)

$24,640 to Montlake Community Club to work with community stakeholders to develop a planning document to improve the vitality of the Montlake business district along the 24th Avenue corridor to Highway 520. (Community match: $15,900)

District 4

$25,000 to Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange for KMGP 101.1, a new low-power FM radio station that will broadcast arts and culturally relevant news, music, and programming. Station will provide opportunities for after school youth job training, school programming, and community involvement. (Community match $46,279)

$10,000 to Friends of North Lake Union to do the initial assessment and planning requirements for the creation of a small scale environmental restoration project for Waterway 22 located on N Northlake Way at Stone Way N. (Community match: $5,000)

$8,968 for Sand Point Elementary PTA to create a more usable, safer sport court in the covered indoor/outdoor play area by installing a textured surface marked for various sports. (Community match: $8,968)

District 6

$12,390 to Friends of the Ballard Civic Orchestra to create a multigenerational, multiethnic community orchestra that is open to the public, and offer rehearsals, instructional workshops and performances without charge. (Community match: $15,430)

$25,000 to Friends of Ballard Avenue to create a plan for permanent overhead street lighting for historic Ballard Ave NW that will foster an improved sense of security and enhance this historic, iconic neighborhood. (Community match: $12,550)

District 7

$25,000 to Lawton Elementary School PTA to implement Phase 1 of playground improvements to reduce maintenance costs, improve watershed function, and increase connectivity to surrounding parklands. (Community match: $83,750)

$10,000 to Friends of Bell Street Park Reading Room to put out carts of books, tables, and chairs to create a mobile public reading room at Bell Street Park events and in the Belltown Community Center. (Community match: $12,120)

$25,000 to South Lake Union Community Council for the second phase of design work for a series of micro-parks along Westlake Avenue N from Denny Way to Lake Union Park intended to enhance the vibrancy of the public space along the arterial. (Community match: $12,500)

$25,000 to Magnolia Trail Community to carry out Phase II of a community-informed study to develop a walk/bike trail through roughly 300 yards of SDOT and Seattle Parks land that is currently a gap in the network of citywide trails. (Community match: $13,500)

Citywide

$25,000 to Deaf Spotlight to offer a three-week summer theater camp for 15-20 middle and high school youth who are hard of hearing or are signing hearing children of deaf adults. Project culminates in performance of a play that the students write and produce. (Community match: $25,000)

$25,000 to Garinagu Houngua to organize workshops for the community to learn about the language, culture, and art of the Garifuna people from Garifuna natives. Project will culminate in a cultural event with presentations, dance, art, and food. (Community match: $15,900)

$23,203 to Festival Centro Americano to organize a free event in August, 2016 of Central American cultural performances, cultural expression, and cultural exchange. (Community match: $16,550)

 

 

 

You’re invited to Jimi Hendrix Park Rain Garden Planting Party

Jimi Hendrix Park Rain GardenThe Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park invite you to help build the rain gardens at Jimi Hendrix Park in this one-time only event. Be among the first to see the completion of Phase 1, “Little Wing.” Make sure to RSVP below to let them know that you will attend.

This project was funded in part by a $100,000 award from our Neighborhood Matching Fund.

Jimi Hendrix Park
2400 South Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144

Saturday, November 14
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Mayor Murray, Seattle City Council Approve $1.5 Million in Matching Funds to Support Neighborhood-initiated Projects

Beacon Food ForestMayor Ed Murray and Seattle City Council today approved more than $1.5 million in matching funds to support neighborhood projects across the City. Nineteen community organizations will receive awards from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund program for a variety of projects involving physical improvements, events, and cultural activities.

“The Neighborhood Matching Fund creates opportunities for neighbors to turn their creative ideas and energy into innovative projects,” said Mayor Murray. “The City’s meaningful investments help build community and provide incredible returns for our neighborhoods that everyone can enjoy.”

Funded through the Large Projects Fund, the awards range from $43,785 to $100,000, and the awardees have pledged to match the city’s $1,505,515 contribution with in-kind resources and donations valued at $2,961,190. Projects range from the construction of a neighborhood center at Pike Place Market to a cultural event series in Delridge.

“Neighborhood volunteers truly make a difference,” said Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, chair of the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee. “Countless volunteer hours go into each of these projects, and I’m impressed by the desire, dedication, and tenacity of community members to see these projects to completion.”

Every application to the Large Projects Fund goes through an extensive evaluation process by two teams: the Citywide Review Team (CRT), a group representing each of the 13 neighborhood districts, plus four at-large community members; and the District Council Review Teams, comprised of members from the District Councils. These volunteers review the applications, interview applicants, and make the recommendations for funding.

“In every neighborhood, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has made an impact – from Georgetown’s Hat n’ Boots to Wallingford’s Meridian Park Playground,” said Kathy Nyland, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “Over the past 27 years, more than 5000 community projects have been completed with help from the Neighborhood Matching Fund.”

There are two other funds in the Neighborhood Matching Fund program, the Small Sparks Fund (awards up to $1000) and Small and Simple Projects Fund (awards up to $25,000). To learn more about the Fund, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund.

2015 Large Projects Fund Awardees

North Region (north of Ship Canal)

$100,000 to the Broadview Community Playground Improvement Project to renovate the school playground and play areas to benefit the school, Bitter Lake Community Center, and the surrounding neighborhoods. (Community match: $112,760)

$100,000 to Viewlands Elementary PTSA to construct a new play structure, track, and site, and renovate the field and painted sport courts to revitalize this gathering place with purposeful and accessible areas. (Community match: $183,904)

$88,887 to Friends of Yesler Swamp to complete the restoration of Yesler Swamp and construct 300 additional feet of the remaining section of an environmentally-designed, ADA-accessible boardwalk. (Community match: $90,160)

$25,000 to the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association to convert a cut-through street into a safe pedestrian- and bike-friendly zone that bridges the gap between the I-5 Park and Ride and the Sound Transit station. (Community match: $106,655)

$99,414 to University Heights Center to renovate the community performance hall to include egress improvements, ADA accessibility, creation of a foyer, installation of stage lighting and audio-visual equipment, and other aesthetic improvements. (Community match: $99,414)

$99,000 to John Stanford Playground Improvement Committee to improve the school grounds into a more accessible, safe, and welcoming public space. Project includes replacing concrete fixtures and play equipment and the addition of accessible ramps and pathways. (Community match: $108,150)

South Region

$100,000 to the Mount Baker Community Club to improve the clubhouse’s energy efficiency and safety by replacing the roof, removing or repairing the damaged brick chimneys, and installing an energy-efficient gas-fired boiler. (Community match: $152,689)

$100,000 to Seattle Tilth to activate the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands by adding a children’s learning garden, rain gardens, and educational signage; equipping the community farm stand, kitchen, and greenhouses; and hosting a community-led celebration. (Community match: $111,464)

$100,000 to Rainier Valley Corps to implement a leadership and capacity-building program where emerging leaders of color will be recruited, trained, and placed in full-time work at communities-of-color-led nonprofits in Rainier Valley.        (Community match: $568,800)

$100,000 to Friends of Seward Park to build a new torii in Seward Park to replace the one that stood for 50 years and served as a community icon and gathering place. (Community match: $199,977)

West Seattle

$69,975 to the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association to produce 12 events in 2016 that will connect diverse community partners and build stronger relationships between organizations, groups, and individuals in the greater Delridge neighborhood. (Community match: $47,760)

Central Region

$50,000 to the Melrose Promenade to implement a series of community-supported road safety and placemaking measures to include pedestrian lighting, distinctive paving, crosswalks, signage, and art. (Community match: $145,793)

$43,785 to Friends of Jackson Street Mural Project to commission the painting and installation of a mural depicting significant historical labor events in the multicultural context of the Chinatown/International District and the Central Area. (Community match: $90,288)

$100,000 to the Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park Committee to construct Phase 2 of Jimi Hendrix Park designated “Are You Experienced?” to include additional pathways, lawn mow curbs, and vine plantings. Project entails demolition, earthwork, hardscape, and planting and irrigation. (Community match: $189,169)

$49,454 to the Central Area Senior Center to conduct a feasibility study to identify and prioritize options for future redevelopment of the center. Consultant will do surveying, architecture, parking and traffic analysis, engineering, and community engagement. (Community match: $103,200)

$100,000 to the Hirabayashi Place Legacy of Justice Committee to complete and install community-led project located on and around Hirabayashi Place to provide historical and cultural identity of Nihonmachi, Seattle’s historic Japantown, by honoring civil rights leader Gordon Hirabayashi. (Community match: $289,625)

$80,000 to the Pike Place Market Foundation to support the planning, design, and construction of a new Pike Place Market Neighborhood Center, a 1,950 square foot welcoming, accessible venue to serve as a downtown community gathering and activity place. (Community match: $171,300)

$50,000 to Lake Union Neighbors to proceed from 30% design completion to final construction documents for the East Howe Steps Plaza project which will provide a plaza and pedestrian connection from Capitol Hill to Lake Union. (Community match: $62,582)

$50,000 to the Plymouth Housing Group to construct a rain garden on the hill climb of the 710 Cherry Street property with benches and spaces for pedestrians, along with education panels on stormwater runoff, native plants, and green infrastructure. (Community match: $127,500)

Neighborhood Matching Fund Free Workshop Tonight at University Heights

Othello Music FestivalThe 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.

The workshop provides an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP, call 206-233-0093 or go online at surveymonkey.com/r/ZHM36BJ.

Details:

  • Wednesday, September 2; 6 – 8 p.m. at University Heights Community Center (Room 209), 5031 University Way NE

To learn about the Fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund/small-and-simple-projects-fund-. The deadline for applications is Monday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m., but be sure to register now to apply. This is the last opportunity to apply to the Small and Simple Projects Fund this year.

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.