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 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 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 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.

What Comes to Mind When You Think of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods?

Kathy NylandMy first message was delivered on my ninth day in this new role. Now that I have two months under my belt, my accessory of choice seems to be the bags under my eyes. I have attended neighborhood meetings, community councils, dedications, town halls, retreats, coffee dates, and that was just this week!

These last two months have consisted of some longs days, some tense nights, and some wonderful conversations, all while flying by. Truth be told, I am still working on finding the balance between emergency briefings and staff meetings. The latter is always my preference because those meetings provide such a glimpse into the uniqueness of the department. They are a fabulous opportunity to learn about staff and programs. And learning I am!

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is unique. We house a variety of programs ranging from P-Patches to PACE, Historic Preservation to Major Institutions, Neighborhood Matching Fund to Neighborhood District Coordinators, and that’s a partial list. What this means is I am learning about plot sizes and interest lists, curriculum development, board responsibilities, Citizen Advisory Committees (Citizen?…need to find out why we use “citizen.” See, always learning!), funding cycles, scoring protocols, and geographic allocation.

When this department was founded nearly 30 years ago, much of the programming was centered on “community building.” If you look at our current lines of business, community building would still be an appropriate descriptor, but that would also describe so many programs throughout all of the departments in the city. Community building, while a focus within DON, is not exclusive to DON. So what does that mean for us? This is a question that has occupied my thoughts for the last two months.

I’ve asked many people the following: What comes to mind when you think of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods? Some of the responses have made me laugh, some have made me think, and some have felt like a sucker punch. Responses include:

  • Gardens
  • Jim Diers
  • Meetings
  • Nothing
  • The future
  • Connectors
  • Staff
  • The 1990s
  • Heart of the city

So, I ask you this. What comes to mind when YOU think of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods?

Kathy Nyland
Department of Neighborhoods Director

(please share your thoughts in the Comments section)

Come to the Duwamish Revealed Water Festival this Weekend

Duwamish Revealed PosterDuwamish Revealed presents the Water Festival – a colorful, two-day celebration of the Duwamish River in South Park this Saturday and Sunday. The festival is a multicultural weekend of performance, art, activities, food, boats and other things that float. The hours are Saturday, 12 – 8 p.m. and Sunday, 12 – 6 p.m.

This event was partially funded by our Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Projects Fund award of $24,924.

Learn more about the event at




Duwamish River Opportunity Fund awards $250,000 to 13 Neighborhood Projects

Native Foods classToday Mayor Murray announced $250,000 from the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund will be awarded to 13 community projects supporting neighborhoods along the Duwamish River. This program provides funds for new and existing small-scale programs focused on challenges faced by Duwamish River neighborhoods during the Superfund clean-up.

“The Duwamish River Opportunity Fund is part of our commitment to support vibrant communities along the river during the ongoing cleanup,” said Mayor Murray. “These neighborhoods continue to struggle with some significant environmental challenges. The City wants to be a strong partner to promote healthy families, clean air, clear water and a thriving community.”

The projects will be implemented beginning in 2015 and continue into 2016.

The 2015 Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Awards

  • $5,000 to Bike Works to provide bikes, promote and support bike safety, and provide youth job skills training in South Park.
  • $12,000 to South Park Retail Merchants Association to support businesses in South Park through community improvements, networking, and connecting businesses to resources.
  • $10,000 to Duwamish Rowing Club to add a rowing shell to its fleet and to increase participation, especially among young people.
  • $30,000 to ECOSS (Environmental Coalition of South Seattle) to engage multicultural communities in their own languages to share information on safety concerns around gathering seafood from the Duwamish River and on opportunities for safer fish consumption.
  • $20,000 to Georgetown Community Farm to expand and improve the new garden, purchase supplies, offer healthy food preparation classes, and provide low-cost organic produce.
  • $10,000 to Georgetown Community Council to work with property owners and the community to apply anti-graffiti paint to targeted structures and identify places where local artists can create murals.
  • $30,000 to Urban Systems Design to create a young adult job training program to develop skills for construction, landscaping, or operations and maintenance careers to steward green drainage infrastructure in the Duwamish Valley.
  • $30,000 to Just Health Action to add Spanish-speaking fishers to the existing Vietnamese Fisher community-based participatory study that addresses alternatives to fishing in the Duwamish River.
  • $20,000 to Smarter Cleanup Partnership to build an interactive map and community engagement platform to assist community members in finding ways to improve environmental health in the Duwamish Valley.
  • $33,000 to Seattle Good Business Network to develop a job training program in apparel production to build financial self-sufficiency for low-income immigrants and refugees in the Duwamish Valley.
  • $25,000 to Seattle Parks Foundation to fund a program manager to expand the Duwamish Valley Green Spaces program and identify funding for specific projects.
  • $10,000 to Solid Ground to continue the education, restoration, and maintenance of the portion of Hamm Creek that runs by Marra Farm in South Park.
  • $15,000 to South Park Information & Resource Center (SPIARC) to support and encourage healthy activities and habits through community athletic tournaments that are fun and build community cohesion.

A review team representing neighborhoods along the Duwamish River, in addition to public health and environmental advocates, evaluated 18 proposals seeking more than $782,000 from the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund.

About the 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 to enhance existing programs and support new ones. The Mayor and City Council allocated $250,000 in the 2014 budget, which funded nine projects, and an additional $250,000 in the 2015 budget, which is funding these 13 projects. Other entities have committed additional funds to these projects including King County and the Seattle Parks Foundation. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods manages the fund.


Neighborhood Matching Fund Hosts Free Workshops for Community Groups

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.

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 206-233-0093 or go online at

The workshop dates are:

  • Thursday, August 20; 6 – 8 p.m. at Miller Community Center (Multipurpose Room), 330 19th Ave E
  • Wednesday, September 2; 6 – 8 p.m. at University Heights Community Center (Room 209), 5031 University Way NE

To learn about the Fund, visit 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.



Join the Conversation!

Seattle 2035 logoThe Seattle 2035 Draft Plan is out, and the City wants you to weigh in! The Draft Plan includes Key Proposals that will guide how Seattle grows and your feedback is needed to help make important decisions.

Join the Online Community Conversation at Once you’re there, you can review 10 Key Proposals from the Draft Plan, and discuss the potential pros and cons of each with your fellow Seattleites. Feedback received through the Seattle 2035 Online Community Conversation will help inform the Mayor’s Recommended Plan, coming in December 2015.

Here’s how you can join the conversation in four easy steps:

Step 1: Visit where you’ll find 10 Key Proposals included in the Draft Plan.

Step 2: Check out the list of Key Proposals.

Step 3: Read the pros and cons for each Key Proposal and add your own! Use the sliders to show if you agree or disagree.

Step 4: Check back often to see what your fellow Seattleites are saying!

City of Seattle Awards $467,000 for Neighborhood Projects

Youth BasketballThe City of Seattle is awarding $467,562 in matching funds to support neighborhood-initiated projects across Seattle. Twenty-eight community groups received awards from the Neighborhood Matching Fund for a variety of events, cultural festivals and projects.

“These projects are the result of neighbors working together to better their community,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “The entire city benefits from their volunteerism and talent as they create, plan and implement these projects. The Neighborhood Matching Fund is there to support their efforts, whether it is an exhibit, a documentary or a playground.”

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 2015 June awards range from $4,000 to $25,000, and the organizations pledge to match the City of Seattle’s $467,562 investment with $600,132 of locally raised money, donated materials and volunteer labor.

“There is a reason the Neighborhood Matching Fund has existed for 27 years. It’s been a valuable resource for communities to turn their visions into reality,” said Kathy Nyland, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “Plus for every dollar awarded, the community leverages the funds by matching the award. And this round of projects shows the diversity of ideas and creativity, proving once again how resourceful communities are throughout this city.”

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

The Small and Simple Projects Fund opens again for applications in September with a deadline of October 5. To learn more, visit

2015 June Small and Simple Projects Fund Awardees

Citywide Projects

  • $8,927 to Seattle-Sihanoukville Sister City Association to produce an event to provide education and share stories of Cambodian refugees during the Khmer Rouge Genocide and their resettlement in the United States. (Community match: $13,365)
  • $25,000 to Center for Linguistic and Cultural Democracy to produce a Seattle Caribbean Festival sharing cultural performances and cultural exchange to unite members of the diverse Caribbean community. (Community match: $20,480)
  • $10,000 to Gay City Health Project to solicit public input to create a database of health care providers to ensure the LGBTQ community has access to high quality, competent healthcare. (Community match: $7,220)

South Seattle Projects

  • $11,830 to Cheasty Greenspace at MountainView to finish elements to the Valley View Trail’s trailhead connection, install wayfinding, and host a celebration. (Community match: $12,000)
  • $23,500 to Colman Park Restoration Project to develop a vegetation plan with community input for the west slope of Colman Park. (Community match: $12,260)
  • $5,110 to Othello Park Alliance to plant a hillside at Othello Park with 100% low native plants and involve the community in the selection and process. (Community match: $5,150)

West Seattle Projects

  • $24,400 to Chief Sealth Indoor Tennis to conduct a feasibility study and develop a conceptual plan for an indoor tennis center at the former Denny Middle School site. (Community match: $14,720)
  • $25,000 to South Park Area Redevelopment Committee to create a design with public input, construction documents, and cost estimates to improve Duwamish Waterway Park. (Community match: $45,575)
  • $21,395 to the West Seattle Time Bank to host 20 community events and workshops to promote timebanking and increase participation in West Seattle. (Community match: $22,840)
  • $15,000 to Circulo de Mamas Seattle to convene 20 Latina mothers and community members to further develop their community leadership through culturally relevant training. (Community match: $25,550)

North Seattle Projects (north of Ship Canal)

  • $12,000 to Low Income Housing Institute to produce a free event series that features the people and topics relating to the Ballard neighborhood. (Community match: $6,320)
  • $24,400 to Ballard Historical Society to conduct a historic inventory of the Ballard community and utilize a visual and interactive GIS mapping component to engage volunteers and the public. (Community match: $32,400)
  • $15,000 to Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth to perform outreach within Ballard to garner interest in a proposed Business Improvement Area (BIA) to serve the needs of the neighborhood. (Community match: $17,820)
  • $11,500 to Troll’s Knoll P-Patch community garden to build and outfit a tool shed, create pathways, purchase equipment, and build accessible raised beds. (Community match: $12,550)
  • $4,000 to Friends of the Lake City Fred Meyer Garden Project to lead a community design process to beautify and activate a parcel of land owned by Fred Meyer. (Community match: $2,240)
  • $25,000 to Freedom Project to organize a series of free workshops to address racial inequity by engaging in collective learning, dialogue, and action. (Community match: $21,730)
  • $12,000 to Lake City Future First to improve a website and use it as a place to post volunteer opportunities and projects needing support, connect Lake City to resources, and encourage posts by community members for broad community engagement. (Community match: $13,260)

Central Seattle Projects

  • $25,000 to Leschi Community Council to install Fitness Zone equipment in Powell Barnett Park to increase the neighborhood’s access to health and fitness. (Community match: $39,500)
  • $25,000 to Friends of Cayton Corner Park to prepare construction documents for a neighborhood pocket park on Capitol Hill. (Community match: $12,630)
  • $11,500 to 23rd Avenue ACT (Action Core Team) to produce the Central Area Block Party in September to highlight the history and culture of the community. (Community match: $10,712)
  • $12,000 to the MLK Family Arts Mentoring Enrichment Community Center to conduct a planning study and prepare a master plan to renovate the facility’s kitchen. (Community match: $23,400)
  • $15,000 to Friends of Cathay Post Oral History Project to produce a documentary and publication of the stories of Chinese American WWII and Korean War veterans. (Community match: $33,700)
  • $12,000 to The Art of Alzheimer’s to organize a free art exhibition featuring paintings by people living with dementia to deepen community understanding of the disease. (Community match: $25,280)
  • $25,000 to Friends of Alley Gallery to develop recommendations to transform the Bell Street Park alleys into assets for ongoing creativity. (Community match: $14,100)
  • $15,000 to Growing Vine Street to increase capacity and engage the community in a dialogue about green space needs, neighborhood history, and other topics through two events. (Community match: $23,100)
  • $12,000 to Capitol Hill Housing Foundation to engage renters living in the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict in voter registration and a 2016 Renters Summit. (Community match: $30,980)
  • $16,000 to Sustainable Capitol Hill to create a community tool library and fixers’ collective to provide items to check out or use in the workshop. (Community match: $42,100)
  • $25,000 to Lawton Elementary School PTA to complete construction-ready documents to modernize the playground and redesign the surrounding space for the neighborhood. (Community match: $59,150)

Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center hosts free Duwamish Native Food Program this Sunday

Duwamish Longhouse Join The Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center for a free program sharing the cultural and food traditions of Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe. The event is this Sunday, June 28 from 12 to 4 p.m.

The topic is native beach plants. There is an old native saying “When the tide is out, the table is set.” In addition to shellfish and waterfowl, there are many useful plants including kelps, sea lettuce, and eel grass.

The guest speaker is Pamela Bond-Coello of the Snohomish Tribe. Pam is an active Edmonds Community College Alumni. She is a contributor to the development of the Cultural Kitchen, an active learning space in the Campus Community Farm designed to highlight the connection between people and food. She also helped the LEAF School create the Ethnobotanical Garden called “Stloja Ali” or “Place of Medicine” at Gold Park.

The Duwamish Native Food Program is sponsored by the DUWAMISH RIVER OPPORTUNITY FUND (DROF): Seattle Department of Neighborhoods & 4Culture. This program will continue into the 2nd & 4th Sundays in July.

WHEN: June 28, 2015. Doors open at Noon. Program starts at 1pm. Enjoy Art Gallery & Exhibits & Waterfront Park beforehand. A shared meal begins at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106, 206-431-1582,