Neighborhood Matching Fund Hosts Free Workshops for Community Groups

Othello Music FestivalThe Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF), a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, 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.

Each workshop provides an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP, call 206-233-0093 or go online at

The workshop dates are:

  • Thursday, August 20; 6 – 8 p.m. at Miller Community Center (Multipurpose Room), 330 19th Ave E
  • Wednesday, September 2; 6 – 8 p.m. at University Heights Community Center (Room 209), 5031 University Way NE

To learn about the Fund, visit The deadline for applications is Monday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m., but be sure to register now to apply. This is the last opportunity to apply to the Small and Simple Projects Fund this year.

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.



Volunteers Needed to Advise on Development Plans for Seattle University

Seattle UniversityHere’s your chance to serve on a committee that advises on the development plans of Seattle University. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking interested persons from the neighborhood to serve.

The Seattle University Standing Advisory Committee meets to:

Review an annual report from Seattle University on its development;

Review and comment on progress under its transportation management plan;

Review requests for amendments to Seattle University’s master plan, and make recommendations for next steps;

Provide comments on projects under development.

The committee meets at least annually and up to four times per year at Seattle University. The days and times are determined with the representatives. Members of the Committee should possess expertise or experience in such areas as: neighborhood organization and issues; land use and zoning; architecture or landscape architecture; economic development; building development; or educational services. It is composed of 12 representatives, including a representative from Seattle University, from the following groups:

  1. A representative of an area community group or council.
  2. A resident who is within 600 feet of the campus boundary.
  3. A neighborhood resident defined as resident within the boundaries of the adjacent community council areas of Squire Park, First Hill, Pike/Pine, Capitol Hill and Spruce Park.
  4. A property owner.
  5. A business person.
  6. A consumer group using the services of the institution.
  7. A person participating in neighborhood planning.
  8. A general community or citywide representative.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, send a letter of interest by either e-mail or regular mail by August 19, 2015 to: E-mail:

Mailing Address: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649 


For more information call Maureen Sheehan, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods at 206-684-0302.


Join the Conversation!

Seattle 2035 logoThe Seattle 2035 Draft Plan is out, and the City wants you to weigh in! The Draft Plan includes Key Proposals that will guide how Seattle grows and your feedback is needed to help make important decisions.

Join the Online Community Conversation at Once you’re there, you can review 10 Key Proposals from the Draft Plan, and discuss the potential pros and cons of each with your fellow Seattleites. Feedback received through the Seattle 2035 Online Community Conversation will help inform the Mayor’s Recommended Plan, coming in December 2015.

Here’s how you can join the conversation in four easy steps:

Step 1: Visit where you’ll find 10 Key Proposals included in the Draft Plan.

Step 2: Check out the list of Key Proposals.

Step 3: Read the pros and cons for each Key Proposal and add your own! Use the sliders to show if you agree or disagree.

Step 4: Check back often to see what your fellow Seattleites are saying!

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Singerman Residence/Gaslight Inn for Landmark Status

Singerman ResidenceSeattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the Singerman Residence/Gaslight Inn (1727 15th Avenue) on Wednesday, August 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor, Room 4060.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by August 18 at 3:00 p.m.:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649 (mailing address)

A copy of the Landmark Nomination is available for public review after August 10 at the Capitol Hill Branch Library (425 Harvard Ave E, 206-684-4715). The nomination can be viewed now at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700 (206-684-0228). Both nominations are both posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website,, under the heading of “Current Nominations.”


City of Seattle Awards $467,000 for Neighborhood Projects

Youth BasketballThe City of Seattle is awarding $467,562 in matching funds to support neighborhood-initiated projects across Seattle. Twenty-eight community groups received awards from the Neighborhood Matching Fund for a variety of events, cultural festivals and projects.

“These projects are the result of neighbors working together to better their community,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “The entire city benefits from their volunteerism and talent as they create, plan and implement these projects. The Neighborhood Matching Fund is there to support their efforts, whether it is an exhibit, a documentary or a playground.”

These 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 2015 June awards range from $4,000 to $25,000, and the organizations pledge to match the City of Seattle’s $467,562 investment with $600,132 of locally raised money, donated materials and volunteer labor.

“There is a reason the Neighborhood Matching Fund has existed for 27 years. It’s been a valuable resource for communities to turn their visions into reality,” said Kathy Nyland, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “Plus for every dollar awarded, the community leverages the funds by matching the award. And this round of projects shows the diversity of ideas and creativity, proving once again how resourceful communities are throughout this city.”

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 in September with a deadline of October 5. To learn more, visit

2015 June Small and Simple Projects Fund Awardees

Citywide Projects

  • $8,927 to Seattle-Sihanoukville Sister City Association to produce an event to provide education and share stories of Cambodian refugees during the Khmer Rouge Genocide and their resettlement in the United States. (Community match: $13,365)
  • $25,000 to Center for Linguistic and Cultural Democracy to produce a Seattle Caribbean Festival sharing cultural performances and cultural exchange to unite members of the diverse Caribbean community. (Community match: $20,480)
  • $10,000 to Gay City Health Project to solicit public input to create a database of health care providers to ensure the LGBTQ community has access to high quality, competent healthcare. (Community match: $7,220)

South Seattle Projects

  • $11,830 to Cheasty Greenspace at MountainView to finish elements to the Valley View Trail’s trailhead connection, install wayfinding, and host a celebration. (Community match: $12,000)
  • $23,500 to Colman Park Restoration Project to develop a vegetation plan with community input for the west slope of Colman Park. (Community match: $12,260)
  • $5,110 to Othello Park Alliance to plant a hillside at Othello Park with 100% low native plants and involve the community in the selection and process. (Community match: $5,150)

West Seattle Projects

  • $24,400 to Chief Sealth Indoor Tennis to conduct a feasibility study and develop a conceptual plan for an indoor tennis center at the former Denny Middle School site. (Community match: $14,720)
  • $25,000 to South Park Area Redevelopment Committee to create a design with public input, construction documents, and cost estimates to improve Duwamish Waterway Park. (Community match: $45,575)
  • $21,395 to the West Seattle Time Bank to host 20 community events and workshops to promote timebanking and increase participation in West Seattle. (Community match: $22,840)
  • $15,000 to Circulo de Mamas Seattle to convene 20 Latina mothers and community members to further develop their community leadership through culturally relevant training. (Community match: $25,550)

North Seattle Projects (north of Ship Canal)

  • $12,000 to Low Income Housing Institute to produce a free event series that features the people and topics relating to the Ballard neighborhood. (Community match: $6,320)
  • $24,400 to Ballard Historical Society to conduct a historic inventory of the Ballard community and utilize a visual and interactive GIS mapping component to engage volunteers and the public. (Community match: $32,400)
  • $15,000 to Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth to perform outreach within Ballard to garner interest in a proposed Business Improvement Area (BIA) to serve the needs of the neighborhood. (Community match: $17,820)
  • $11,500 to Troll’s Knoll P-Patch community garden to build and outfit a tool shed, create pathways, purchase equipment, and build accessible raised beds. (Community match: $12,550)
  • $4,000 to Friends of the Lake City Fred Meyer Garden Project to lead a community design process to beautify and activate a parcel of land owned by Fred Meyer. (Community match: $2,240)
  • $25,000 to Freedom Project to organize a series of free workshops to address racial inequity by engaging in collective learning, dialogue, and action. (Community match: $21,730)
  • $12,000 to Lake City Future First to improve a website and use it as a place to post volunteer opportunities and projects needing support, connect Lake City to resources, and encourage posts by community members for broad community engagement. (Community match: $13,260)

Central Seattle Projects

  • $25,000 to Leschi Community Council to install Fitness Zone equipment in Powell Barnett Park to increase the neighborhood’s access to health and fitness. (Community match: $39,500)
  • $25,000 to Friends of Cayton Corner Park to prepare construction documents for a neighborhood pocket park on Capitol Hill. (Community match: $12,630)
  • $11,500 to 23rd Avenue ACT (Action Core Team) to produce the Central Area Block Party in September to highlight the history and culture of the community. (Community match: $10,712)
  • $12,000 to the MLK Family Arts Mentoring Enrichment Community Center to conduct a planning study and prepare a master plan to renovate the facility’s kitchen. (Community match: $23,400)
  • $15,000 to Friends of Cathay Post Oral History Project to produce a documentary and publication of the stories of Chinese American WWII and Korean War veterans. (Community match: $33,700)
  • $12,000 to The Art of Alzheimer’s to organize a free art exhibition featuring paintings by people living with dementia to deepen community understanding of the disease. (Community match: $25,280)
  • $25,000 to Friends of Alley Gallery to develop recommendations to transform the Bell Street Park alleys into assets for ongoing creativity. (Community match: $14,100)
  • $15,000 to Growing Vine Street to increase capacity and engage the community in a dialogue about green space needs, neighborhood history, and other topics through two events. (Community match: $23,100)
  • $12,000 to Capitol Hill Housing Foundation to engage renters living in the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict in voter registration and a 2016 Renters Summit. (Community match: $30,980)
  • $16,000 to Sustainable Capitol Hill to create a community tool library and fixers’ collective to provide items to check out or use in the workshop. (Community match: $42,100)
  • $25,000 to Lawton Elementary School PTA to complete construction-ready documents to modernize the playground and redesign the surrounding space for the neighborhood. (Community match: $59,150)

Mayor Murray Seeks Members for Pioneer Square Preservation Board

Pioneer Square PergolaMayor Edward Murray seeks four members to serve on the Pioneer Square Preservation Board. The 10-member Pioneer Square Preservation Board reviews façade alterations, signs, new construction, changes of use, and street improvements and makes recommendations to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Director for all properties within the Pioneer Square Preservation District. The four positions available are for a historian or architectural historian, human services representative, district property owner, and architect.

Board meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 9:00 a.m. for two to three hours. In addition, board members may be asked to serve on an additional committee, which also meet twice a month. In general, Board members must commit approximately 6 hours per month to Board business.

The board is composed of two district property owners, two architects and one of each of the following – retail business owner, attorney, historian/architectural historian, human services representative, a young adult appointed through the Get Engaged Boards and Commissions program (a position for adults ages 18-29), and a member-at-large. All appointments are made by the Mayor, subject to City Council confirmation.

Interested applicants must be Seattle residents, and Board members serve without compensation. Those interested in being considered should send a letter of interest and resume by Friday, August 7. Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible.

Please email your letter and resume to: (reference the Pioneer Square Preservation Board in the subject line). To submit a paper copy, please address: Genna Nashem, Pioneer Square Preservation Board Coordinator, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA, 98124-4649. For more information, contact Genna Nashem at (206) 684-0227.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young persons, senior citizens, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

Northwest Seattle: You are Invited to be a Part of the Evanston P-Patch Renovation Project

Evanston P-PatchThe Friends of the Evanston P-Patch recently received a $25,000 Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund award to renovate the community garden located at 604 N. 101st Street between Evanston Ave. N. and Fremont Ave. N. Evanston P-Patch is the second oldest community garden in Seattle and was established in 1974.

On Sunday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m., the Evanston P-Patch gardening community and their landscape architecture firm, Barker Landscape Architects, will be holding a community meeting and potluck to gather input from the community on what changes people want to see in the garden.

The meeting will take place in the garden and promises to be a lot of fun. Barker will conduct a design game to gather people’s input that’s very interactive. Also, Top Pot doughnuts is providing some treats and the event is a potluck. Everyone is welcome, not just gardeners.

Here are the meeting dates, times, and basic details. All meetings will be held in the garden:

  1. Sunday July 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Garden Party Workshop #1 (design games)
  2. Sunday August 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Garden Party Workshop #2 (review of design concepts)
  3. Sunday September 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Garden Party Workshop #3 (review of final designs)

The goal is to get as many people to participate in the meetings as possible so the revitalization of this little North Seattle gem will be robust, inclusive, and long-lasting.

For questions contact Erik Hansen of the Evanston P-Patch Renovation Project:; 206-316-0199.

Bringing City Hall to Greenwood. Come Join Us!

Greenwood Seattle at WorkCome meet and talk with Mayor Murray & Department Directors about how Seattle is at work in your neighborhood! It’s happening this Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 85th St.)

Connect with City resources and learn about local projects and programs that are working to make Seattle a Safe, Innovative, Affordable, Interconnected, & Vibrant City!

Learn about Gardening in Winter

Winter VeggiesIt might be 90 degrees out there, but it’s time to think about your winter gardening. Bitter Lake P-Patch offers a free class, The Winter Garden, taught by Master Gardener, Judy Broom. Subjects covered include varieties to plant, how and when to plant them, and how to protect them from pests, diseases, and extreme cold.

The date is Wednesday, July 15 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Broadview Public Library (12755 Greenwood Ave N). It’s FREE, but make sure to RSVP to Vonne Worth at



Come Celebrate the Really “Cool” West Seattle Senior Center Stop N’ Shop Thrift Store

HVAC PartyThe Senior Center of West Seattle is very excited to invite the community to its newly air-conditioned Stop N’ Shop Thrift Store Open House Party.  With the help of a $25,000 Small and Simple Projects Fund award and other funders, the store installed a permanent HVAC system to provide a more comfortable environment for both its shoppers and the community groups who meet there regularly.

Just in time to beat the heat! Everyone is welcome, so bring your friends and come share in the coolness!

Tuesday, July 21, from 3-5 pm.
Stop N’ Shop Thrift Store
4504 California Ave SW
(206) 932-4044