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 seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm. 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 surveymonkey.com/r/ZHM36BJ 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 NMFund@seattle.gov 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.

Neighborhood Matching Fund Supported West Seattle Cup Posts Highlights

This unique project was supported by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award of $9,750, with a community match of $10,755.  The project organizers report that while there were 420 players in the West Seattle Cup, there were many, many more people working hard behind the scenes to make it all possible – nearly 100 volunteers who collectively donated well over 1,200 hours of their time to make this event safe, productive, and fun for everyone.  Congratulations to all of the players and the community who organized this wonderful event!

Click the link below to watch the video!

West Seattle Cup 2014 Highlights

 

West Seattle Garden Tour, supporting Barton Street P-Patch, Sunday, July 20

West Seattle Garden TourThe West Seattle Garden Tour celebrates the Art of Gardening’s 20th Anniversary this year.  This milestone garden tour, showcasing nine spectacular NW residential gardens in West Seattle, will take place on Sunday, July 20th  2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Tour and help support the Barton Street garden, one of the recipients of this year’s tour proceeds.  This year’s tour will also feature the spectacular garden of world famous photographer Art Wolfe, who will be available to sign books and art materials.

2014 WSGT Guest Lecturer

The WSGT is pleased to present Susie Egan as our 2014 Guest Lecturer.  Susie will speak to our garden enthusiasts at 12:00pm, July 20th at the Kenney Retirement Center in West Seattle.

 

The West Seattle Garden Tour (WSGT) is an annual fund raising event benefitting a variety of local non-profit organizations.  As an annual tradition since 1995, WSGT is proud to donate net proceeds to Seattle-based community gardens and other non-profit organizations that promote horticulture, educational or artistic endeavors.  WSGT is a registered non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.

2014 Ticket Outlets

Ticket books are $18 each (per person) and can be purchased at the following locations: Admiral Metropolitan Market 2320 42nd Ave SW West Seattle; 206/937-0551 Brown Paper Tickets (online)

Swanson’s Nursery 9701 15th Ave NW Seattle; 206/782-2543

True Value Hardware 4747 44th Ave SW Seattle; 206/932-0450

Village Green Perennial Nursery 10223 26th Ave SW West Seattle; 206/767-7735 Wells Medina Nursery 8300 NE 24th Medina; 425/454-1853 West Seattle Nursery 5275 California Ave SW West Seattle; 206/935-9276

 For more information, contact Clay Swidler; 2014 WSGT PR Chair. (206) 669-4653

email inquiries to: westseattlegardentour@yahoo.com

PO Box 16712 Seattle, WA  98116

Landmarks Preservation Board to consider nomination for Arbor Heights Elementary School

The Landmarks Preservation Board will consider landmark nomination for Arbor Heights Elementary School at 3701 SW 104th St. The meeting will be on Wednesday, September 4 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor in Room 4060.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board by 5:00 p.m. on September 3 at the following address:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle WA, 98124-4649 

A copy of the nomination is available for public review at the Southwest Branch Library, 9010 35th Ave. SW (206-684-7455); and at Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Office in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700 (206-684-0228). The nomination is posted on Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website at www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/landmarks.htm  under the heading of “Current Nominations.”

The Landmarks Preservation Board is coordinated by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program. The Historic Preservation Program handles the identification and protection of more than 400 historic structures, site, objects, and vessels, as well as eight historic districts throughout Seattle. For more information, contact 206-684-0464.

 

Visit the NewHolly and High Point Farm Stands for Fresh Organic Produce

IMG_0625The High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands are open offering fresh organic produce picked right from the P-Patch Market Gardens. Fresh right now are carrots, leafy vegetables, zucchini,  green beans, potatoes, bok choy, and beets, to name a few. The hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. So come on down, visit the bountiful gardens, buy some fresh veggies, and meet the gardeners.

  • High Point Farm Stand (32nd Ave. SW and SW Juneau Street) is open every Wednesday to October 9.
  • NewHolly Farm Stand (S. Holly Park Dr. between 40th Ave. S. and Rockery Dr. S.) is open every Friday to October 11.

Both farm stands take cash or checks (sorry, no credit cards). They also accept EBT cards and participate in the new Fresh Bucks Project which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card.

Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program in collaboration with the Seattle Housing Authority and P-Patch Trust to support low-income gardeners and neighborhoods. Its mission is to establish safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farm stand enterprises.

To learn about the Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch/marketgardens/.

 

West Seattle Bees get their own Parade!

by Lauren Englund, West Seattle Bee Garden Project Lead

Bee ParadeThe West Seattle Bee Garden is officially open! On Sunday, May 19, the High Point Neighborhood Association hosted the first annual West Seattle Bee Festival at Commons Park P-Patch to celebrate the opening of the educational enclosure and the arrival of the bees to their new home. It was exciting to see so many people and organizations come together to celebrate community and education.

It was estimated that 500 people turned out for the parade and festival throughout the day. From kite makers and bee art to Taproot School and Neighborcare, 35 merchants and organizations were on hand to share information and showcase their wares as the Tallboys band serenaded families with their bluegrass sounds.

The parade, too, was a resounding success!  It was exciting to see the Seattle Police motorcycle escort and the Sounders’ Sound Wave marching band, but the real stars were High Point’s very own soccer team, FC Juba, and the families from West Seattle Elementary and Roxhill Elementary who joined the march dressed as bees and flowers. City Council President Sally Clark and Karen Gordon from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods were also on-hand to share inspirational words and commemorate the occasion.

It was a wonderful way to celebrate over a year of hard work, community meetings, and a growing team of volunteers who donated time, resources, and labor. This project would not have been possible without the generous donations of friends and neighbors through the IndieGoGo campaign and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund award of $20,000.

There are high hopes that the festival is only the beginning. Already people are looking forward to next year’s Bee Fest. The next phase of the Bee Garden project will focus on tending the two new hives of local bees. A busy summer of bee-watching, bee-tending, pollination, and education is ahead along with planned improvements to the enclosure to include webcams. The hope is that the West Seattle Bee Garden will teach the community about the importance of bees and other pollinators. It is also an opportunity for people to learn about bees themselves – why they swarm, how they communicate. The Bee Garden has partnered with West Seattle Elementary, and other schools are welcome to join.

Highpoint Bee Welcome signCome see the West Seattle Bee Garden in Commons Park P-Patch. You can find it at Lanham Place SW and SW Graham Street.