Funds Available to Support Neighborhood Night Out 2015 Activities

Night OutIf your neighborhood plans to participate in the 31st Annual Night Out on August 4, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your event.

The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m., but you must register first in our web-based application system by June 19 to apply.

For information on the application process, visit or call 206-733-9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round.

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 about Night Out, visit


What is the Future of Magnuson Park’s Most Historic Building?

B2 Charrette InviteThe Magnuson Park Advisory Committee invites you to a Community Visioning Charrette for Building 2 in Warren G. Magnuson Park. The date is Saturday, June 6 from 1 – 5 p.m. You’ll get to tour the building, meet the experts, explore development possibilities, learn about this historic asset, and share your perspectives. For more details and to register, please visit

Building 2 is located within the 89-acre Sand Point Naval Air Station Landmark District, one of eight landmark districts in the city.


Two Elementary Schools are Seattle’s Newest Landmarks

McGilvra Elementary SchoolSeattle City Council recently approved landmark designation ordinances for two elementary schools. Located in Madison Park and Montlake neighborhoods, both buildings were recognized for their cultural significance, distinct architectural character, and prominent siting within their neighborhoods.

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Board approved the nomination, designation, and controls and incentives for both of these landmarks and provided draft ordinances to City Council. The final step to the process was approval by City Council.

The new landmarks are:

Built in 1913
Architect: Edgar Blair

Built in 1924
Architect: Floyd Naramore

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of more than 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels, as well as seven historic districts located throughout the city. For information on the designation process and to view other city landmarks, visit

People’s Academy for Community Engagement Accepting Applications

PACE classSeattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), its civic leadership development program for the next wave of community leaders. The program begins this September and runs through September 2016.

During the 12-month program, 26 emerging leaders (18 years and up) will learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and neighborhood organizations, and the city’s governmental structure and processes.

Sessions will be held on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30-9 p.m. at Seattle University. They begin this September and go through next May; then from May through August, participants work in teams with neighborhood groups to plan and implement community projects. Graduation occurs in September of 2016.

Tuition for the 12-month program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply visit The application deadline is Friday, May 29 at 5:00 p.m.

For questions contact Casey Connelly, PACE Coordinator at 206-684-5667 or email at



Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund Available for Youth Activities

Small Sparks Youth ProjectsIs your school or neighborhood planning a youth activity? If so, your group may qualify for support from Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund program. Its Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars of up to $1000 for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement.

Activities could include a sports event, neighborhood clean-up, or talent show, but the ideas are endless. The application is online at and the deadline to apply is at least six weeks before your activity. To learn more call 206-733-9916 or visit our website at


Hurry! Only 10 Spots Remain for our Free Workshop on Gardening with Youth!

Garden Join us for a fun and educational workshop for adults who are leading (or would like to lead) a youth gardening program! The workshop is hosted by the P-Patch Community Gardening Program and led by Emily Bishton, lead educator for Magnuson Nature Programs and Sand Point Elementary School Gardens. The workshop is  Saturday, May 30, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Magnuson Brig (6344 NE 74th St) in the Ravenna Room.

We’ll spend most of the time outdoors in the adjacent Magnuson Children’s Garden, so make sure to dress for the weather. The workshop is FREE, but pre-registration and completing our questionnaire to enhance the workshop is required.

Magnuson Children’s Garden is a vibrant public garden that began in 2001 and contains a wide variety of plants and other features that make it an exciting place for children (and adults) to learn about gardening and nature.  It also contains a 300 sq ft P-Patch plot with child-height, accessible-raised beds. Come check out this unique garden and join us for a lively morning! The Magnuson Park P-Patch is one of our 90 P-Patch community gardens.


Picardo P-Patch Plant Sale and Bake Sale next Saturday!!

Cherry tomatoesJoin Picardo Farm P-Patch gardeners for their plant sale this Saturday, May 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature lots of varieties of heirloom tomatoes, veggies, and herbs grown by Neighbor Sally’s Nursery and Abby’s Eden Nursery. There will be coffee and baked goods to munch while you shop! It will be held at the Picardo P-Patch community garden located at 25th NE and NE 82nd in Seattle. The sale benefits the Picardo P-Patch, one of 90 P-Patch gardens managed by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.


How should Seattle grow? Weigh in now!

How should Seattle and your neighborhood grow? Now’s your chance to weigh in! The Seattle Department of Planning and Development has released for public comment a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan Update. This is a major milestone towards an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan which plots a 20-year vision and roadmap for Seattle’s future growth and livability. The Comprehensive Plan includes goals and policies for to provide neighborhood-specific guidance for areas where growth and change are happening or desired. The Draft EIS provides detailed information on various growth alternatives, their potential impacts to the environment, and proposed mitigation strategies. The City wants your voice to be heard as we refine strategies for accommodating growth for the benefit of all.

How to provide feedback on the Draft EIS:

  • Visit our online open house to learn about the findings of the Draft EIS and take the online survey
  • Attend the public hearing and open house on May 27, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at City Hall in the Bertha Knight Landes Room (600 4th Avenue).
  • Submit comments on the Draft EIS online, via email to, or in writing to:

City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development

Attn: Gordon Clowers
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124

Comments must be postmarked no later than June 18, 2015.

Small and Simple Workshop Thursday, May 14

Seattle Faerie FestivalIf your group is considering applying to the Small and Simple Fund, there is one more workshop scheduled for Thursday, May 14 at Northgate Community Center from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The workshop will provide an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online at

The next Small and Simple deadline is Monday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m. This fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups and community organizations for community-building projects.

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.

A program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) has three funding programs that award matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its goal is to build stronger and more vibrant 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.