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.

Rainier Beach Merchants Association Challenges Storefronts to “Light Up the Beach!”

Light up the Beach!The “Light Up the Beach” Holiday Challenge is on in Rainier Beach! This new event, created by the Rainier Beach Merchants Association and sponsored by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and Rainier Beach Safeway, challenges storefront proprietors along Rainier Ave South, from South Henderson to “Old Town” Rainier Beach at 57th Ave South, to dress up their storefronts by partnering with community groups and local artists, or relying on their own creative energy. Awards for best displays will be voted on by the community.

Efforts will be featured during a collective open house on Friday, December 5th from 5-8pm, where the community will be welcomed to walk the street, meet storefront owners who will be hosting food, beverage, music, dance performances and activities, and vote for their favorite displays via passport maps highlighting participating storefronts and community partners.  Prizes will be awarded in a number of categories including “Best Global Theme,” “Best Promotion of Peace,” “Best Overall,” and “Best Hospitality.” Also, gift cards will be awarded in a drawing of turned in passport voting cards.

Event hubs are the Rainier Beach Safeway (where free holiday photos will be taken by local artist Derek Johnson), and Jude’s in Old Town (where you can nibble, listen to music, and get a sneak peek at Beau & Courtney Hebert’s new joint!). Luminaria created by the Southeast Seattle Senior Center, and carolers from the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church and Rainier Beach Community Club will guide the way.

By engaging community groups, artists, schools, and business owners to light up the beach, this event invites connectedness, fosters community pride, and encourages traffic calming and walkability on the streets of Rainier Beach.

More information at

Free emergency preparedness training offered at Southeast Seattle P-Patch community gardens

Free training on emergency preparedness will be offered at six Southeast Seattle P-Patch community gardens beginning in September. The training will cover basic preparedness, how to stay safe in an earthquake, using the P-Patch as a Community Emergency Hub, and a review of supplies that will be stored at the P-Patch. Thirteen Southeast Seattle P-Patch gardens will serve as Community Emergency Hubs where residents can gather, share information and resources, and problem-solve after an emergency.

Anyone is welcome to attend. Translated materials and interpretation services will be available in 12 languages including Amharic, Somali, Tigrinya, Chinese, Hmong, Mien, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, Khmer, and Spanish. The schedule is as follows:

September 14th

10 a.m. -1 p.m.               Angel Morgan P-Patch, 3956 S Morgan St
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.                Hillman City P-Patch, 4613 S Lucile St

September 28th

10 a.m. -1 p.m.               John C. Little P-Patch, 37th Ave S & S Willow
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.                New Holly Rockery P-Patch, New Holly Drive S & S 40th St.

October 12th

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.              Thistle P-Patch, Martin Luther King Jr Way & Cloverdale St
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.                Judkins P-Patch, 24th Ave S & S Norman St

Funding for this program came from a $35,000 grant awarded to the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DoN) through the FEMA 2012 Community Resilience Innovation Challenge. This award was one of 30 selected from more than 1900 applications. 

Interpretation services will vary according to the location. For more information and to ensure interpreters will be available in specific languages, contact Tracy Connelly (OEM) at (206-233-5076) or Julie Bryan (DoN) at (206-684-0540).

Congratulations to the Rainier Beach and Broadview-Bitter Lake-Haller Lake Neighborhoods!

Great news: the Rainier Beach and Broadview – Bitter Lake – Haller Lake neighborhood plan updates are done! Last month we held the final community meetings in the update process. Approximately 40 people attended the Broadview – Bitter Lake – Haller Lake meeting and 110 people attend the Rainier Beach meeting. Deputy Mayor Smith, Councilmember Burgess, DPD Director Diane Sugimura and DON Director Bernie Matsuno attended the Rainier Beach meeting and provided opening remarks.

We made a significant transition during the March meetings. The community is now leading the effort to shape the future of their neighborhood; the City will play a supportive role. We are excited that 19 Broadview – Bitter Lake – Haller Lake community members signed up for at least one of the three Action Teams: create a town center on Linden; improve safe walking and biking; and build community. In Rainier Beach, 64 people signed up to participate on Action Teams! Their teams will work on: a place for everyone; lifelong learning; growing food to develop healthy industry; and a beautiful safe place.

We are grateful to the community members who demonstrated their commitment to their neighborhood by helping us update the neighborhood plans.  Thank you for being willing to roll up your sleeves and get the work done!

Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands Preserve Groundbreaking October 1

Join us for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands Preserve.  This project was supported in part with a $50,000 award from the Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Projects Fund.

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands at Atlantic City Nursery
5513 S Cloverdale St, Seattle WA 98118

This will be an event for the whole family. Activities will include:

  • Farm and Wetlands walking tours
  • Live music from local bands
  • Delicious food to cook and eat

Meet neighborhood farms and special guests……. and many more!

Two Meetings for Neighborhood Plan Updates in March

We are updating the neighborhood plans in Rainier Beach and in Broadview/BitterLake/Haller Lake! It’s time to take a fresh look at those neighborhood plans. In the late 1990s, people worked together to create these plans, which are the communities’ plans to guide growth and change. Things have changed since 1999 when the plans were developed.

Is Broadview/Bitter Lake/Haller Lake or Rainier Beach your neighborhood? Then we want to hear from you. Come tell us what’s important to keep, what’s missing, and what needs attention. Together, let’s make these neighborhoods even better.

Be part of the conversation! There will be a series of community meetings to hear your suggestions on how to achieve your community’s vision. You will have the opportunity to help identify—and prioritize—goals and action steps for your neighborhood plan. The plan identifies actions that the community and the City should take to make your neighborhood a better place. You are the experts and your ideas will direct the work to update this important plan over the next year.

Broadview/Bitter Lake/Haller Lake…
…What’s Your Message?

Saturday, March 12, 2011
9:00 a.m. – Noon: Community Meeting
Noon – 1:00 p.m. Open House

Broadview-Thomson K-8 School (Cafeteria)
13052 Greenwood Ave. N. Seattle

Planning Outreach Liaisons and interpreters will be available for the following:

Español, Jesus Rodriguez
(425) 923-0904
Youth, Erica Bush (518) 779-9772
Seniors & People Living w/Disability
Pam Carter (206) 992-4851
Renters, David Kelley
(360) 286-9905


Rainier Beach…Make Your Voice Heard!

Saturday, March 19, 2011
9:00 a.m. – Noon: Community Meeting
Noon – 1:00 p.m. Open House 

South Shore K-8 School
4800 S. Henderson Street Seattle, WA 98118

Interpretation by Planning Outreach Liaisons will be available for the following:

Amharic: Ethiopia Alemneh 
(206) 234-6830
Laotian, Ratana Phoulaiat
(206) 331-8759
Afan Oromo, Issa Ulo
(206) 501-7880
Luqadda Soomaaliga, Nafiso Samatar (206) 778-9755 Ilokano / Tagalog, Sefie Cabiao
(206) 721-3935
Español, Jesus Rodriguez
(425) 923-0904
Hmong , Hua Thao (425) 345-7423


Can’t come to the meetings?Learn more, sign up for e-mail alerts, and fill out a survey at: Don’t miss out on future meetings: notification will be by email. 

Childcare and light refreshments will be provided. To request information, interpretation, ADA accommodations, or to sign up for childcare (please notify us), contact:

Kerry Wade
(206) 733-9091

Today’s hours for Neighborhood Service Centers

Here is a list of Neighborhood Service Centers that serve as Payment and Information Service sites and today’s hours of operation due to weather conditions:

Lake City: Open – 9:00-5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Ballard: Open – 9:00-5:00
Open for lunch

University: Closed

Central: Open – 9:00-5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Southeast: Open – 9:00 – 5:00
Closed for lunch 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Delridge: Open until 3:30 p.m.

West Seattle: Closed

Neighborhood Service Centers are open today

Below are the  Neighborhood Service Centers’ hours of operation for today, Monday, Nov. 22.  All centers are open, however, most NSCs will be closing for lunch with the exception of two locations.
Lake City:
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Closed for lunch 1:00-2:00

9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Closed for lunch 1:00-2:00

10:00 am-6:00 pm
Closed for lunch 2:00-3:00

9:30 am – 7:00 pm
Open for lunch

9:00 am-5:00 pm
Open for lunch

West Seattle:
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Closed  for lunch 1:00-2:00 pm

10:00 am-6:00 pm
Closed for lunch 2:00-3:00 pm