Neighborhood Matching Fund Hosts April Workshops for Community Groups

Hopscotch projectThe 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 such as cultural festivals, facility improvements, public art, and youth activities.

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 206-733-9916 or go online at

The dates are:

  • Tuesday, April 12; 6 – 8 p.m. at Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Avenue S.
  • Thursday, April 28; 6 – 8 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Avenue NE

To learn about the Fund, visit The deadline for applications is Monday, June 6 at 5:00 p.m., but make sure to register now to apply.

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.

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Firestone Auto Supply Building for Landmark Status

Firestone Auto Supply StoreSeattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the Firestone Auto Supply & Service Store Building (400 Westlake Avenue N) on Wednesday, April 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Floor L2, Room L280 (Boards and Commissions Room).

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 April 19 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 at the Central Library (1000 4th Avenue) and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor. It is also posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website,, under the heading of “Current Nominations.”


Your Last Chance to Attend a Workshop for the 2016 Large Projects Fund is Tonight!

Volunteers plantingSeattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund is hosting its final workshop for those interested in applying to its Large Projects Fund tonight. The Large Projects Fund awards matching funds of up to $100,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects. Attendance at one of the workshops is required in order to submit a Large Projects Fund application.

The workshop will provide an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a strong application, and the review process. Neighborhood and community groups interested in the fund are invited to attend. It will be held on Wednesday, April 6 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Laurelhurst Community Center (4554 NE 41st St). To attend the workshop, RSVP at or call us at 206-733-9916.

The deadline for the Large Projects Fund is May 2 at 5:00 p.m. To learn more, visit

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! Join us for the Mayor’s Education Summit on April 30

Mayor's Education SummitThe Mayor’s Education Summit is a special event where the Mayor and education experts will present actions the City can take to reduce the education disparities among our children and close the achievement gap so all kids can succeed in school.The organizing committee is seeking volunteers to help out with the event for shifts between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm on April 30, as well as a few hours for setup on the Friday evening prior. If you’re interested in volunteering, please fill out this online Volunteer Sign-up Form (by Monday Apr. 18) and it will contact you with additional information.

For more information about volunteering at the Summit, please contact Stacey Jehlik ( or 206-684-8266).

Thank you for your interest in helping out!

Participants Needed for the Magnolia Elementary School Departure Advisory Committee

Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant zoning modifications needed for renovation of the vacant Magnolia Elementary School. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking seven community members to serve on this committee.

The Seattle School District is requesting a modification (known as a “departure”) from select City zoning regulations for the renovation and addition to the Magnolia Elementary School located at 2418 28th Ave W.  The modifications are:

1) Greater than normally allowed lot coverage.

2) Greater than allowed building height.

3) Less than required setbacks (TBD pending further review).

4) Less than required off-street parking.

5) On-street bus loading and unloading (TBD pending further review).

The committee will convene one to three public meeting(s) at Catharine Blaine K-8 (2550 34th Ave W) during a 90-day period beginning when the committee is appointed. At the meetings, the committee will receive briefings from the School District, and gather and evaluate public comment on the departure requests. Following these meetings, the committee will forward a recommendation to the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) to either grant or deny the requested modifications. The committee may also recommend relevant conditions to be applied to granting these changes to minimize its impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. SDCI will make the final decision.

Those who can apply to the committee are neighbors who live or own a business within 600’ of Magnolia Elementary School, residents in the surrounding neighborhood, representatives of city-wide education issues, and parents of future MES students. Other committee members will include a representative from the School District and City of Seattle.

To apply, please send a letter of interest by either e-mail or regular mail to:

Maureen Sheehan
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649


Letters of interest should be received by Thursday, April 14.

For more information contact Maureen Sheehan at or 206-684-0302.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in its boards and committees; women, young adults, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and immigrants are highly encouraged to apply.


City Staff Continues Support to Greenwood as the Recovery Office Closes

Greenwood Neighborhood AssistanceOn March 16, the City of Seattle opened a temporary office to support those affected by the March 9 explosion. Staff from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and Office of Economic Development have been meeting with individuals and business owners to help them receive information and assistance. Now that immediate needs are handled, the office will close on Friday, March 25. However, city staff is available to help anyone who has questions or needs assistance. Please feel free to call Thomas Whittemore, Neighborhood District Coordinator, at 206-396-2788 or email him at or contact AJ Cari of the Office of Economic Development at  or 206-384-0133 for business questions. You can also visit our Greenwood Assistance and Resources webpage for additional information and contacts.

There were several residents directly affected by the explosion and no longer had access to their homes. After urgent needs such as food, clothing and emergency shelter were taken care of by the American Red Cross, its caseworkers continue to provide personal support to those displaced and are helping to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork, and locate help from other agencies and partners, including the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Since the beginning, the Phinney Neighborhood Association has been an integral part of the recovery by organizing the amazing outpouring of financial support for the Greenwood community. Last week, it cut initial relief checks to the 12 residents evacuated from apartments above Gordito’s and the 30 displaced employees from damaged businesses. It has also arranged for storage units for those who needed to store belongings while their apartments are being repaired. This week, the fundraising efforts have reached $234,053 with 1,811 people and businesses donating, plus the many uncounted folks who gave cash! Over 40 businesses have hosted or are hosting benefits in the coming weeks. To learn more visit PNA’s Greenwood Relief.

Thank you, Greenwood, as we work on recovery efforts together.


Work on Greenwood Avenue at 85th Occurs This Weekend

Greenwood Neighborhood AssistanceGreenwood neighbors and businesses – We want to alert you that Seattle Public Utilities will be working on Greenwood Avenue both Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27, to provide water service to nearby businesses. This work will reduce traffic in each direction on Greenwood Avenue between N 84th and N 85th. Parking will be restricted during the work, and bikes will need to merge with traffic. In addition, the west sidewalk will remain closed between N 84th St & N 85th, but the east sidewalk will remain open at all times during the work. A uniformed police officer will be onsite to direct traffic.

Thanks for your continued patience as we work on Greenwood recovery efforts together. For information visit

Mayor Murray Announces $617,000 in Matching Funds for Neighborhood Projects

Volunteers plantingToday Mayor Ed Murray announced an investment of $617,102 in matching funds to support 31 neighborhood-initiated projects across the city. The awards are from the Neighborhood Matching Fund for a variety of arts events, physical improvements, and youth projects.

“These investments fund the work of the many community members who roll up their sleeves to create a more vibrant and inclusive city,” said Mayor Murray. “These projects include creative ways for people of all ages and walks of life to be involved. From hearing the personal histories of Yesler Terrace residents to helping to design a community crosswalk, we are partnering to improve neighborhoods across the city.”

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 2016 February awards range from $4,249 to $25,000, and the organizations pledge to match the City of Seattle’s $617,102 investment with $722,931 of locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor.

“What makes the Neighborhood Matching Fund so successful is that dollars raised by community groups and their volunteer hours are leveraged with the help of the Fund,” said Kathy Nyland, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “Since 1988, it has meant that more than 5,000 community-led projects across the city have happened, and we’re all richer for it.”

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

The Small and Simple Projects Fund has two more opportunities to apply this year in June and September. To learn more visit

2016 Small and Simple Projects Fund February Awards


$24,185 to Skate Like a Girl and Youth Employment Skateboarding to train and post 10 adult volunteer stewards at skate parks this summer and host a community celebration this fall. (Community match: $24,810)

$13,200 to Somali Health Board to survey the Somali community about health priorities and prepare a draft implementation plan to be shared for input via focus groups, roundtables, and forums. (Community match: $15,300)

$10,000 to Seattle Indian Health Board to complete a plaque and painted crosswalk, and host a healing ceremony to honor the life of Mr. John T. Williams, Native American carver. (Community match: $7,120)

$25,000 to the Tigrean Community Association to fix and upgrade the kitchen at the Tigrean Community Center and bring it up to health and safety codes. (Community match: $47,700)

$24,656 to Friends of STEM Technology to conduct a youth Science Technology Engineering and Math summer camp where youth will enhance their video skills. (Community match: $49,620)

District 1

$18,200 to Concord International Elementary PTA to lead a community design process for improvements to the school grounds to include trees, access to crosswalks, and rain gardens. (Community match: $16,213)

District 2

$22,436 to Friends of Detective Cookie Chess Park to plan and design an outdoor chess park and multi-functional community space. (Community match: $17,640)

$6,000 to Maple Elementary PTSA for playground improvements to include surface painting, art, and color enhancements. (Community match: $6,600)

$8,475 to Jefferson Mock-Trial Steering Committee to host outreach events to youth and provide the community with information about the judicial system, legal rights and issues. Youth will produce a video, attend competitions, and host informative community events. (Community match: $30,880)

$19,000 to Columbia City Business Association to involve 60 youth performers, provide mentoring, and offer the youth venues for live performances at the Columbia City BeatWalk (Community match: $11,600)

$25,000 to Hillman City Restorative Justice Committee to organize 12 free monthly workshops about restorative justice to help neighbors resolve conflict and strengthen community relationships. (Community match: $20,900)

$25,000 to Friends of Little Saigon to lead a community process to design and install decorative crosswalks at the intersection of S. Jackson Street and 12th Avenue S. (Community match: $25,000)

$19,445 to Southeast Seattle Senior Foundation to lead residents, community and staff through a process to imagine, design and select a long-term capital improvement plan for the exterior community spaces of Brighton Apartments. (Community match: $9,800)

$23,785 to The Passian Center for the Walk Away Day, a three-part event to bring youth together to make a decision to let go of something negative in their life. (Community match: $15,835)

$7,100 to Big-Brained Superheroes Club to expand and improve ongoing activities and include a series of STE(A)M concepts and activities. (Community match: $5,200)

$12,623 to North Beacon Hill Council to develop and conduct an inclusive online survey to residents regarding the impact of the 2035 Comprehensive plan, commitment to the 2010 Neighborhood Plan goals, and other topics. (Community match: $14, 112)

$25,000 to Friends of Japantown to revitalize and beautify its Nihonmachi Alley with public art, lighting, and programming opportunities. (Community match: $115,060)

District 3

$25,000 to Volunteer Park Trust to begin Phase II of the Volunteer Park Amphitheater Project which includes the concept design for a new performance stage. (Community match: $12,509)

$8,348 to Friends of Yesler Terrace to collect stories of former and current Yesler Terrace residents and create a reunion celebration, a series of community conversations, and a scrapbook of stories and photos. (Community match: $12,420)

$25,000 to Bego to organize the Little Ethiopia Music, Song and Dance Festival this summer to celebrate the Ethiopian community and the accomplishment of its business community. (Community match: $18,508)

District 5

$25,000 to Lake City Future First to organize a series of nine community conversations with dedicated local outreach to reach new and existing partners, especially under-represented voices. (Community match: $29,750)

$25,000 to Lake City Greenways Project to develop 60% construction drawings for a pocket park in the Olympic Hills neighborhood. (Community match: $15,713)

$25,000 to Friends of the Lake City Fred Meyer Garden Project to develop schematic design and construction drawings based on the conceptual design; and continue the work of fundraising, business outreach, artist engagement, and a robust public process. (Community match: $15,281)

District 6

$25,000 to Friends of Ballard Parklet to design, raise funds, and build Ballard’s first public parklet. (Community match: $43,800)

$20,400 to Bergen Place Activation Committee to produce free summer lunchtime concert series in Bergen Place Park. (Community match: $11,876)

District 7

$25,000 to the John Hay Foundation to conduct a community engagement process to design and develop upgrades to the school playground and play field areas. (Community match: $13,655)

$25,000 to Magnolia Chamber of Commerce to lead a community-based commercial revitalization effort which entails a preliminary retail assessment and community outreach. (Community match: $14,420)

$25,000 to Friends of Market to MOHAI Corridor to lead a community process to develop design standards for a pedestrian corridor from the waterfront to Lake Union along Bell Street and Terry Avenue. (Community match: $73,290)

$25,000 to Path with Art to organize the “We Are All Here” project in Pioneer Square to involve free workshops and a fall celebration to provide the public an opportunity to create art (painting, music, and poetry) and to spark dialogue in the community. (Community match: $61,420)

$25,000 to South Lake Union Community Council to complete final design of microparks along Westlake Avenue between Denny Way and Lake Union Park, plus finalize cost estimates and apply for construction permits. (Community match: $12,500)

$4,249 to Friends of Gilman Gardens to provide running water on site to the Gilman Gardens P-Patch community garden. (Community match: $4,400)


Are Your Digital Communications Accessible?

Digital Accessibility GraphicWebsites, web-based software applications, online videos, and digital documents in Word, PDF, and other formats can be accessible to everyone; however, none of these media are accessible automatically.

On Thursday, April 14, technology accessibility specialist Terrill Thompson from the University of Washington’s DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) program will present “Are Your Digital Communications Accessible?” at a free public event in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue)). The free presentation takes place from 1:00–3:00 p.m. and anyone can attend.

This session will explore accessibility of common digital media, including problems and easy-to-implement solutions. It will also discuss web accessibility standards and their applicability to the current legal landscape.

CART captioning and handheld amplified receivers and headsets will also be available. To request an additional accommodation, e-mail

For more information, visit

This event is co-sponsored by the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities; Seattle Public Library LEAP (Library Equal Access Program); a11ySea—a Seattle Area Accessibility & Inclusive Design MeetUp group; the Healthy Aging Partnership; and the City of Seattle’s departments of Human Services, Information Technology, and Neighborhoods. The venue is hosted by the Office of the Seattle City Clerk, Legislative Department, and the program is coordinated by the Northwest Universal Design Council.