Mayor Murray Signs 2017-2018 Budget: Exciting Changes for Department of Neighborhoods

Message from Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods:

knyland-headshot1Yesterday Mayor Murray signed the 2017-18 City Budget that was adopted November 21, 2016 by Seattle City Council. The budget includes several additions and changes to the work of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON), and I’m pleased to share them with you.

The department’s work has become much more important in the last year; and we see this work continuing and expanding as more issues come our way. We know everyone has a voice, and it is our job to hear them. The Mayor reminded us about the need for DON and the City Council has confirmed it.

When Mayor Murray issued the Executive Order in July mandating the City to approach outreach and engagement in a more equitable manner, it set the stage for this department to lead the City’s outreach and engagement practices. And through the Mayor’s Proposed Budget, he introduced legislation that outlined a new citywide framework for community engagement and redefined the role of DON in this work. This new legislation, Resolution 31718 and Council Bill 118834, does the following:

  • Advances a citywide approach to outreach and engagement that prioritizes equity and recognizes barriers to participation.
  • Demonstrates the City’s commitment to implementing equitable and inclusive community involvement strategies across all City Departments.
  • Directs City departments to develop well designed, responsive, and culturally relevant public involvement plans.
  • Creates a Community Involvement Commission to advise on City plans, policies, strategies, and community grant funding processes and make recommendations that advance equitable public engagement and civic participation.
  • Redefines the purpose of DON and the functions of the Director.


It is now up to DON to lead this work.
Going forward, you can depend on us to:

  • Focus on more access and more opportunity. We will broaden our reach and work with many groups knowing that no one speaks for all.
  • Implement a broad range of new initiatives and tools to encourage greater and more diverse participation. Read our workplan to learn more.
  • Work with city departments to ensure their outreach and engagement work is equitable and transparent through consultation and collaboration.

 

How are we going to do this? Here are DON’s budget highlights that will support this work:

POSITIONS

  • Two staff members to continue their work in outreach and engagement oversight and city-wide coordination.
  • Two positions to focus on improving the City’s outreach and engagement to neighborhoods during impactful construction projects.
  • Two positions to provide additional capacity to the POEL (Public Outreach and Engagement Liaison) program with a focus on low-income transit options.
  • One position to broaden the participatory budgeting approach to new audiences.
  • One position to analyze the outcomes of DON’s programs and identify strategies and opportunities for improvements.
  • One part-time position dedicated to Historic Preservation process improvements.
  • One position dedicated to administer grants and contracts.
  • One Accounting Technician position to serve the Department of Education and Early Learning.


FUNDING

  • Funds to develop resources and tools to support all community organizations. These would include workshops, online trainings, and a one-stop shop for resources.
  • Funds to develop a fellowship program to support community-based organizations that provide leadership development opportunities and capacity-building.
  • Funds to develop and implement community satisfaction surveys to gain residents’ opinions on city services and priorities for improvement.
  • Funds to support outreach efforts for the Housing Affordability Livability Agenda, including funds to review the city’s historic preservation program review process.

 

 

Several of you had questions about our Neighborhood District Coordinators. We continue working with them and their labor representatives to evolve their job descriptions to meet our new goals. Please know that there will be staff designated to assist community groups, both community-based and geography-based.

The DON staff is excited to implement this work. It gives us and the City an opportunity to rethink and reimagine how we interact with one another. Over the coming months, you will be introduced to the many tools, processes, and initiatives that DON will be leading, supporting, and implementing. Make sure to visit our Engage Seattle webpage to learn more.

Outreach and engagement is the core of what we do. Equity, transparency and “meeting people where they are” are our guiding principles. Our work is about fostering community partnerships, cultivating emerging leadership, and facilitating community inclusiveness. We are a department known for many programs; but we are about people, first and foremost. We are thankful that this adopted budget supports the good work we do and our mission of “strengthening Seattle by engaging all communities.”

Mayor Murray Announces $501,415 in Matching Fund Awards for Community-Based Projects

Tavseer's 11th Yoni Ki Baat

Yoni Ki Baat from Tasveer’s 11th Aaina: South Asian Women’s Focus Festival (2015 NMF funded project)

Mayor Ed Murray announced an investment of $501,415 in matching funds to support 24 neighborhood-initiated projects across the City. The awards are part of the City’s Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF), which provides more than $3 million each year to local organizations.

The 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 organizations that have recently received grants pledge to match the City of Seattle’s $501,415 investment with $537,295 of locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor.

“Since 1988, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has supported thousands of projects driven by neighborhoods across the city. All of us benefit from the creativity and dedication of community volunteers who make their ideas a reality with the help of the Fund.” – Mayor Ed Murray

For 28 years, more than 5,000 projects have been funded in partnership with the NMF Program, and its investment in neighborhoods can be seen across the city. For more information about NMF, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/. In early December, the website will provide information on the 2017 funding opportunities and deadlines.

 

2016 SMALL AND SIMPLE PROJECTS FUND OCTOBER AWARDS

Citywide

  • $25,000 to Friends of the Ballard Civic Orchestra to organize a free classical concert series and workshops reflecting the theme of building community through music. The series will celebrate Latino and Hispanic cultural heritage. (Community match: $18,360)
  • $25,000 to World Kulturz dba Native Kulturz Group to organize a series of dance workshops and performances that interweave the Contra, Metis jig, Native Powwow and Coastal dance communities. (Community match: $26,450)
  • $25,000 to The Art of Alzheimer’s to organize a series of arts-focused activities and workshops to raise awareness and reduce stigmas about people and families living with dementia. (Community match: $37,620)
  • $25,000 to Casa Latina to engage the community in a series of conversations to help determine how Casa Latina can best continue to serve Latino immigrants. (Community match: $17,790)
  • $14,000 to La Sala to create a community engagement and social change art project about women as commodity in our culture. The project will have free hands on workshops, five public community engagement art events, and a gallery exhibition opening in April 2017. (Community match: $15,340)
  • $20,000 to International Women’s Day – 2017 to host a free event to celebrate International Women’s Day. Through story-telling, facilitated conversations, collaborative art, and dance, participants will know they are part of a caring and vibrant community of women. (Community match: $12,345)
  • $25,000 to Columbia City Theater Group to produce a play, film festival, graphic-novel adaptation, and accompanying resources for and with youth. These activities will engage youth in social justice through storytelling and the exploration of race, socioeconomics, education, and the arts. (Community match: $43,575)
  • $25,000 Sundiata African American Cultural Association to hold a free, two-day festival next February to celebrate Black History month. The family-friendly event will have food, vendors, art, and music, as well as presentations on the contributions of African Americans in the United States. (Community match: $31,640)
  • $25,000 to Amigos De Seattle to organize a series of family-oriented workshops about Guatemalan culture, history, and peoples. They will feature folkloric performances and cultural exchange to unite the Guatemalan community as well as people interested in experiencing Guatemalan cultural expression. (Community match: $15,900)

 

District 1

  • $25,000 to South Park Area Redevelopment Committee (SPARC) to prepare construction documents and permits for Duwamish Waterway Park improvements. SPARC will continue to work with the consultant to facilitate a community engagement and design process. (Community match: $25,995)
  • $4,000 to Fauntleroy Centennial Committee to host a free community event, A Century of Serving the Community, at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. Activities include a display of archives, erection of a new flagpole, and a mini carnival. (Community match: $3,000)
  • $25,000 to Van Lang to host a six-month series of free language workshops open to youth and adults for both Vietnamese and English as a second language. In addition to language instruction, there will be cross cultural opportunities to learn about Vietnamese culture. (Community match: $37,280)
  • $25,000 to Delridge Grocery Cooperative to develop the planning and feasibility of opening and sustaining a grocery coop in Delridge. It will also study the viability of the business plan. (Community match: $16,170)

 

District 2

  • $14,500 to Hillman City P-Patch to reclaim the accessible gravel paths and develop an accessible gardening area. It includes an update to the 2010 visioning plan and the initiation of a monthly series of events designed to engage the gardeners, neighbors, and partner organizations. (Community match: $14,245)
  • $24,415 to Somali Family Safety Task Force to host workshops to enhance bonding between Somali teens and their mothers to strengthen relationships and foster community building in a supportive environment. Attendees will participate in workshops designed to explore relationships, facilitate communication, skill building, and peer mentoring. (Community match: $18,910)
  • $13,000 to Beacon Hill Hub to develop outreach and community planning to get input to guide final programming and design of the Beacon Hill Hub building. Four charrettes will obtain input on a multiservice venue to be a unique presence for people of color in South Beacon Hill. (Community match: $43,235)

 

District 3

  • $25,000 to Friends of Safe Access: Street to Park to create a conceptual plan for a safe and accessible west entry to Mt. Baker Park. A design firm will work with the community in preparing conceptual drawings for the replacement of the steep path that currently exists. (Community match: $12,500)
  • $25,000 to First Hill Improvement Association to continue the work of leading the community through final design and construction documentation for improvements to First Hill Park. This phase will build off of the approved Phase 1 concept plan. (Community match: $15,350)
  • $15,000 to Seattle Poetry Slam to host an all-ages, three-day celebration of LGBTQ arts and community. The Queer Resurgence on Capitol Hill Poetry Festival will include panel discussions, workshops, and a poetry slam competition. (Community match: $7,200)

 

District 4

  • $7,000 to U District Advocates to activate a heavily-used alley located at 1414 NE 42nd St to make it safer, cleaner, and more inviting for a diverse community of neighbors and visitors. (Community match: $7,220)
  • $25,000 to Sanctuary Art Center to build community through the transformation of the utility boxes in the University District from ordinary obstructions into community assets that contribute to both placemaking and wayfinding. (Community match: $24,480)

 

District 5

  • $14,500 to 45th Ave NE Neighborhood Safety Taskforce to lead a visioning process with the community. The project will solicit input from neighborhood stakeholders about how best to address traffic and pedestrian safety concerns on 45th Ave NE, a major pedestrian and bike route serving three schools. (Community match: $8,000)

 

District 6

  • $25,000 to BF Day PTSA to replace aging circa-1989 school playground equipment with a new play area geared towards preschoolers and younger elementary students (K-2 grades) and neighborhood children. (Community match: $52,950)

 

District 7

  • $25,000 to Freeway Park Association to engage the community in a conversation about how connectivity, visibility, and public safety at Freeway Park can be improved. Three meetings will be held for area residents and park stakeholders that will result in conceptual design recommendations for future use. (Community match: $31,740)

Ground Breaking Ceremony for New Community Crosswalk at Boren & Howell

White Deer community crosswalk at Boren and Howell

White Deer community crosswalk at Boren & Howell.

Community members are invited to attend a ground breaking ceremony for a new community crosswalk on the corner of Boren & Howell on Sunday, September 11th at 8am. The planned crosswalk depicts a Nuu-chah-nulth story about the White Deer. The story of the White Deer shall be read and available in written form for people at the event. The crosswalk will be in honor of and in the memory of John T. Williams.

The crosswalk groundbreaking will include a cleansing ceremony, the story behind the crosswalk, and an opportunity for people to ask questions of the organizers. Light snacks and coffee will be provided.

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, through our Neighborhood Matching Fund, awarded Seattle Indian Health Board a $25,000 grant to work with the Seattle Department of Transportation to construct the crosswalk and paint a control box.

For more information in advance of the groundbreaking please contact Susan Welsh at Seattle Indian Health Board by email SusanW@sihb.org or telephone (206) 324-9360 Ext. 2807.

City of Seattle Awards $650,700 for Community-based Projects

BF Day Elementary School PlaygroundMayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council awarded seven Seattle organizations a total of $650,741 to support neighborhood-initiated projects across the city. The awards are part of the City’s Neighborhood Matching Fund, which provides more than $3 million each year to local organizations.

“Through the Neighborhood Matching Fund, thousands of community organizations have completed a variety of projects that have made a difference in their neighborhood and community,” said Mayor Murray.  “From a performance series in the Central Area, to an open space plaza in Eastlake, to digital storytelling in Chinatown International District – these funds help to acknowledge the dedication of community volunteers to make their ideas become realities.”

“These projects are inspirational examples of neighbors working together to improve the lives of others and the health of their communities. I heard from many of the recipients at my Council committee in August, and look forward to seeing Neighborhood Matching Fund dollars put to great use across the city.”
– Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide)

The Large Projects Fund, a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, provides awards of up to $100,000 to community organizations committed to fostering and building a better community. For this fund, two teams of community members from neighborhood districts selected the recipients through an extensive evaluation process. With the city’s investment of $650,741, these seven awardees will contribute $1,048,216 in locally raised money, donated materials and professional services and volunteer labor.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) has two other funds: the Small and Simple Projects Fund which provides up to $25,000, and the Small Sparks Fund which provides up to $1,000 per project. For 28 years, more than 5,000 projects have been funded in partnership with the NMF Program, and its investment in neighborhoods can be seen across the city. For more information about all of the funds visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/.

 

2016 Large Projects Fund Awards

District 2

  • $100,000 to Mini Mart City Park to renovate a former gas station into a pocket park, arts center, and community gathering place in Georgetown. Community match: $265,010.
  • $100,000 to SouthEast Effective Development to build a professional broadcast studio for Rainier Valley Radio, a community production space, and other spaces to serve as a digital communications hub. Community match: $294,018.
  • $99,960 to the Beacon Food Forest for Phase II construction to include an outdoor educational space, additional P-Patch plots, a tool shed, and other improvements. Community match: $211,793.
  • $90,781 to OneAmerica to engage residents of Chinatown International District in digital storytelling through classes that teach English language and digital literacy skills. Community match: $47,345.

 

District 3

  • $60,000 to 206 Zulu to produce up to eight free public events while enabling Central District arts organizations free access to historic Washington Hall. Community match: $19,300.
  • $100,000 to The Friends of First Place Scholars to make facility improvements and plan for future repairs at the First Place School. Community match: $110,450.

 

District 4

  • $100,000 to Lake Union Neighbors to accomplish Phase I construction of an open space plaza in street right-of-way and complete a pedestrian corridor. Community match: $100,300.

Deadline Approaches for Matching Funds to Support your Neighborhood Project

nmf-Othello-International-MusicLooking for additional funds to support your neighborhood project? Our 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. However, you’ll need to be quick because the application deadline is Monday, September 12 at 5pm.

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 NMFund@seattle.gov to discuss your project idea with one of our project managers.

To learn more about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm. This is the last opportunity in 2016 to apply to this 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.

Neighborhood Matching Fund Invests $417,000 in 23 Neighborhood Projects

Dragonfly Street MuralMayor Ed Murray announced an investment of $417,227 in matching funds to support 23 neighborhood-initiated projects across the city. The awards, distributed from our Neighborhood Matching Fund, will support a wide variety of projects from community celebrations to multi-media training for youth.

“For 28 years the Neighborhood Matching Fund has helped to support the efforts of community members to make improvements to their communities and neighborhoods,” said Murray. “These projects have included playground improvements, creation of community sidewalks, and construction of parklets for all to enjoy. These efforts are successful because they are driven by community members building connections and engaging with each other to make their projects happen.”

The 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 June awards range from $5,100 to $25,000, and the organizations pledge to match the City of Seattle’s $417,227 investment with $550,072 of locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor.

“These efforts are successful because they are driven by community members building connections and engaging with each other to make their projects happen.”

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 one more opportunity to apply this September. To learn more visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm.

 

June 2016 Small and Simple Projects Fund Awards

Citywide

  • $24,990 to Blanket Fort Films to empower filmmakers from underrepresented communities by providing free access to video equipment and training. (Community match: $35,400)
  • $5,100 to Sisters of South Seattle for an event to get K-12 students excited about going back to school with food, games, school supplies, along with information on time management and after-school activities. (Community match: $5,100)
  • $13,906 to Seattle Architecture Foundation for a series of events that share the impact of community coalitions shaping Seattle through community-based design projects. Attendees will exchange strategies and resources for implementing projects to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. (Community match: $8,244)

District 1

  • $25,000 to Friends of Highland Park Elementary School to create construction drawings based on its conceptual site plan, in addition to continuing outreach efforts to ensure spaces created are inviting to the many cultures in its community. (Community match: $13,600)
  • $5,000 to Circulo de Mamas Seattle for a project to educate and reach out to the Latino community through civic engagement activities. (Community match: $31,000)
  • $4,000 to Fauntleroy Watershed Council & Fauntleroy Community Association for landscape design concept drawings for a small green space/pocket park to present to potential donors. (Community match: $2,250)
  • $13,345 to Camp Long Mountain Fest Steering Committee to organize Mountain Fest 2016 on Sept. 10, a day of free access to activities including rock climbing and other opportunities for environmental learning. (Community match: $13,555)

District 2

  • $17,000 to Breast Cancer Awareness Steering Committee for a free family-friendly event on Oct. 22-23 to raise awareness of the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer. (Community match: $21,850)
  • $25,000 to Beacon Hill International School Playground Steering Committee for a community-led project to replace the outdated and unsafe playground structure that was recently removed from the play area. (Community match: $85,825)
  • $17,575 to Mount Baker Business District Association to produce a business district festival with tactical urbanism installations to promote the Mount Baker Hub business district and develop a sense of community and place around the Mount Baker Light Rail Station. (Community match: $20,040)
  • $25,000 to Alleycat Acres to transform an SDOT Right of Way into a community space providing neighbors a safe, clean environment to walk, gather, and grow food. The Wetmore Community Garden will increase food security through education and volunteerism, encouraging community members to grow their own food. (Community match: $32,585)
  • $16,300 to Friends of Rainier Beach Streatery at Jude’s to construct a streatery with a bicycle and edible garden theme to serve as a point of pride and identification for the neighborhood and serve as a hub for youth-focused community events. (Community match: $16,325)
  • $25,000 to Project Orca Playground to install play equipment, native plantings, interpretive signage and other improvements to the outdoor play area and rain garden at the Orca K-8 public school. (Community match: $26,000)
  • $12,000 to Saturday Studio to design and build a parklet for the Hillman City Collaboratory which will  be a community space that tells and helps form the ongoing story of Hillman City. (Community match: $12,000)

District 3

  • $24,413 to Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park Committee to produce a day-long celebration to showcase the grand opening of Jim Hendrix Park to include speakers, a concert, food trucks and activities for children. (Community match: $28,733)
  • $24,000 for Tasveer to organize the 3rd South Asian International Documentary Festival next February 11-12. It will bring people together to engage with the cultural, artistic and activist work of the South Asian region and people. (Community match: $37,700)
  • $20,000 to Multimedia Resources Training Institute to create a one-hour documentary, 30 photo portraits, and other multimedia projects produced by youth interns and focused on the Central Area. (Community match: $12,640)
  • $25,000 to Madrona School PTSA for design and construction documents for an engaging play structure that will allow the grounds to be open to the public outside of school hours. The redesign will improve transitions and redo the landscaping. (Community match: $17,800)
  • $25,000 to Volunteer Park Trust to create preliminary schematic design for a new performance stage as part of the Volunteer Park Amphitheater Project. (Community match: $15,325)

District 4

  • $23,190 to Eastlake P-Patch Community Garden to replace the deteriorating garden infrastructure and to widen paths. Work will be done by community volunteers under the guidance of professional construction management volunteers. Improvements will be vetted via meetings, email, phone, and posting of information and surveys. (Community match: $23,970)

District 5

  • $15,408 to Team of N. 137th Street Residents to identify possible solutions to increase pedestrian safety and traffic calming on N. 137th Street between Greenwood and Linden Avenues. The project will build and strengthen community bonds by creating opportunities to meet neighbors and work together for a common goal. (Community match: $7,725)

District 7

  • $6,000 to Interbay P-Patch Community Gardeners to work with neighbors to replace the roofing on the tool and food bank structures. These enhancements will give the garden an aesthetically consistent and secure look from the street. (Community match: $5,180)
  • $25,000 to Downtown Seattle Association to improve the crosswalks at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Westlake Avenue as part of SDOT’s Community Crosswalk program. Community-driven design and collaboration will be essential to the project. (Community match: $77,225)

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.

 

WORKSHOP DATES & TIMES

  • August 4; 6 – 8pm at Montlake Community Center, 1618 East Calhoun St.
  • August 9; 6 – 8pm at El Centro De 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.

Help Create the Future of Duwamish Waterway Park

Duwamish Waterway ParkJoin your friends and neighbors in shaping the future of Duwamish Waterway Park.

The South Park Area Redevelopment Committee and the Friends of Duwamish Waterway Park have an exciting opportunity to design improvements for Duwamish Waterway Park and encourage your participation in three public workshops:

  • Workshop 1 Vision and Ideas  –  July 18, 2016, 6:00pm
  • Workshop 2 Preliminary Options  –  August 17, 2016  6:00pm
  • Workshop 3 Final Park Concept  –  September 14, 2016  6:00pm

Meetings will be held at Duwamish Waterway Park – 7900 10th Avenue S. In the event of rain, meetings will be moved to the South Park Neighborhood Center at 8201 10th Avenue S.

Please bring digital or printed images that show the character of the South Park community.

To learn how you can be part of this exciting project, contact Jake Hellenkamp Friends of Duwamish Park, 253-353-0396.

This project is supported by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Small & Simple Projects Fund.

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!

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/.