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.

City Council approves legislation for the landmark designation of Laurelhurst Community Center

In the 1920’s the Laurelhurst Community Club was responsible for getting transportation projects and schools to the area. In addition, the LCC was instrumental in the acquisition of a public park for the neighborhood (Laurelhurst Playfield) and eventually the LCC submitted a petition to the parks Board to build a shelter house for the playfield that could be used by the growing community groups. The construction work started during the Depression, as did the construction of the Mont lake Community Center.  Money was short, so in December of 1933 the Parks Board decided to use labor from the Civil Works Administration and eventually the work was completed by the Washington  Emergency Relief Administration, another relief agency.

The Laurelhurst Field house was used during WWII for entertaining troops, as the park area was used for an anti-aircraft gun installation (since it was the highest point of cleared land in the area).

The City’s Department of Parks and Recreation submitted the landmark nomination in 2004 in anticipation of a major renovation through the Pro Parks Levy. Completed in 2007, the renovation of the landmark building and a 4150 square foot addition were approved by the Landmarks Preservation Board. The architecture firm for the renovation was VIA Suzuki.