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.

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




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: or




Neighborhood Matching Fund Hosts Free Workshops for Community Groups

mural photoThe Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF), a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, is hosting workshops for community groups interested in learning more 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. The dates are:

  • Monday, January 11; 6 – 8 p.m. at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S in Room 310
  • Thursday, January 14; 6 – 8 p.m. at Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N in Room 6

To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online at

To learn about the Fund, visit The deadline for applications is Monday, February 1 at 5:00 p.m., but be sure to register now to apply. There are two more opportunities to apply to the Small and Simple Projects Fund. The deadline dates are June 6 and September 12, 2016, and workshops will be offered prior to both.

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.

Neighborhood Matching Fund Announces 2016 Funding Opportunities for Community-initiated Projects

Chromer Parklet 1Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ popular Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) announces its funding opportunities for 2016. All three of its funds – Small Sparks, Small and Simple Projects Fund, and the Large Projects Fund – support the efforts of community members as they work on projects to build stronger neighborhoods and communities. More than 5000 projects have occurred across the city since this program began 28 years ago.

The Small Sparks Fund which provides awards of up to $1,000 per project accepts applications year-round. This is great funding opportunity for implementing small community projects as well as supporting activities such as Neighbor Appreciation Day, Night Out, Earth Day, and others.

The Small and Simple Projects Fund, which provides awards of up to $25,000, has three opportunities to apply in 2016. Deadlines for applications are February 1, June 6, and September 12 by 5 p.m. For those interested in applying in February, NMF staff is hosting workshops about the guidelines and application process. The dates are as follows:

  • Monday, January 11; 6 – 8 p.m. at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S in Room 310
  • Thursday, January 14; 6 – 8 p.m. at Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N in Room 6

To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online at Additional workshops will be offered prior to each Small and Simple Projects Fund application deadline.

The Large Projects Fund (LPF), which awards up to $100,000 per project, is open to applications once a year. The 2016 deadline is May 2 by 5:00 p.m. For those interested in applying, mandatory workshops will be offered beginning early next year.

The NMF program has staff to advise community groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. Community members are strongly encouraged to contact a Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager before applying at 206-233-0093 or

To learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund and its support to community-initiated projects, visit The website provides details on the criteria and requirements for each fund, along with instructions for the online application process.


Join Hillman City for a Community Celebration and Report Back

Vision Hillman City PosterOn December 10, join Vision Hillman City and the Hillman City Business Association for a community celebration and report back to share the results of the Vison Hillman City project. The event will be held at the Rainier Avenue Church located at 5900 Rainier Ave S from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. with food provided by Big Chickie (yum) and music too. The celebration will showcase the plethora of neighborhood efforts that have occurred in the past year, including the Hillman City Find It Fix It Walk, projects from the Hillman City Collaboratory, and the Rainier Avenue Church.

Funded by the Neighborhood Matching Fund, Vision Hillman City is a neighbor-driven project to lead the diverse Hillman City community in a series of conversations about its future. Four community conversations were held from April through August and  featured roundtable discussion and community-led action on some of the high priority topics the neighborhood identified: community health, safety, economic development, diversity, housing, gentrification, displacement, arts and culture, youth & family, and neighborliness.

For more information, see


Join Celebration of Pedestrian Safety as Crosswalk Flags are Installed on First Hill

celebration flierJoin Citizens for a Safer First Hill as it celebrates its installation of crosswalk flags at 9th Ave & Columbia St on Tuesday, December 8 at 12 noon. This intersection is accessed by various community groups, including seniors, business associates, children, and dog walkers. Despite clearly painted marks on the road and bright safety signs, visibility is difficult due mainly to the parked cars. This project was funded through a Neighborhood Matching Fund Small Sparks award.

Community members can apply to the Small Sparks Fund at any time. If you and your neighbors have an idea to make your neighborhood a better place, you may be able to receive financial assistance through the Neighborhood Matching Fund.

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

The Small and Simple Projects Fund opens again for applications next January. To learn more, visit

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)


$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)




Orca K-8 School Celebrates its Renovation on November 20

Orca PlaygroundJoin the families and friends of Orca K-8 as they celebrate the grand opening of their renovated playground. Located between S. Dawson and S. Bennet Street at 45th Street, the event will occur on November 20 at 4 p.m. There will be a short ceremony, snacks and activities around the newly rejuvenated playground and field that has new paths, play structures, tress, rain garden and a nature council ring. The project was funded in part with a $100,000 award from the Neighborhood Matching Fund.


Free Bikes Given to 30 South Park Kids by Bike Works and Microsoft

Bike Works and Microsoft Bike GiveawayThirty very happy children from Concord Elementary School, Sea Mar Community Health Center, and the South Park Community Center received free bikes from Bike Works last Friday, October 23. Along with their new BMX bikes, the kids also received new helmets, locks, bells, and lights.

Bike Works partnered with 50 volunteers from Microsoft to construct the bikes. On top of volunteering, Microsoft employees donated more than $1000 and more than $1200 in matching funds to allow the Bike Works Bike Mobile provide fee-free services for bike repairs to all South Park constituents for the next three months. So be on the lookout, South Park, for the Bike Mobile at the South Park Library every other Saturday starting on November 7 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has provided funding to Bike Works for various projects through its Neighborhood Matching Fund and the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund. To learn more about Bike Works visit



City Contributes $5,000 to Tool Library after Robbery

toolsFollowing the recent burglary of the NE Seattle Tool Library in Wedgwood, the City of Seattle has pledged $5,000 to help the organization rebuild its inventory. It is estimated that $10,000 in power tools was stolen sometime this past weekend.

“The Tool Library is a true asset to Seattle – a community resource, a place to learn new skills and a venue to connect with neighbors,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “I encourage residents and businesses to match the City’s commitment to get this organization back on its feet.”

The NE Seattle Tool Library is a volunteer-staffed, nonprofit organization providing community access to a wide variety of tools, training, and sustainable resources. The organization helps its neighbors regardless of income, while reducing consumption of tools through sharing, repair, and reuse. Community members can join the library to borrow tools and take classes to pursue such activities as backyard gardens, home energy improvements, food preservation and water harvesting. The Tool Library also hosts community events.

“The Tool Library encompasses so many people: our founders in Sustainable NE Seattle, our many volunteers and thousands of members in the community,” said Sarah Kautz, Tool Library coordinator. “This organization is truly a labor of love and cooperation, and we are so overwhelmed with gratitude in the wake of this incident. With the help of this gift from the City, we will be able to restock many of the shelves that took us almost three years to fill and continue lending these tools to the community.”

To donate, visit and click on yellow Donate icon. Those interested in donating tools can visit the website for a list of tools needed. For more information, call 206-524-6062 or email

The NE Seattle Tool Library started as a project of Sustainable NE Seattle in 2012 and opened its doors in January of 2013. It received a $25,000 Small and Simple Projects Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods later that year to help it grow its inventory, train volunteers, and establish regular hours. Most of its Steering Committee members were founding members of the Library and are still actively involved.

“There is a strong sense of community created by the NE Seattle Tool Library,” said Kathy Nyland, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “We believed in this project several years ago when we funded it through our Neighborhood Matching Fund program. We still believe in it, which is why this gesture is so supported. We want our projects to continue to succeed, and this donation will help on that front.”