Small Sparks Funds still Available for Spring Clean!

Spring Clean flierIf your neighborhood would like to participate in Spring Clean, the city’s annual community clean-up event, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your activity.

The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1,000 to help enhance their activities with funding for publicity, plants, or special clean-up supplies, to name a few. The deadline for applications is six weeks before your event.

For information on the application process, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm or call 206-233-0093. Interested applicants must register in the web-based application system at least two days before applying.

Spring Clean is Seattle’s premier clean-up event hosted by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). Held every April and May through a partnership with Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and Department of Transportation, Spring Clean provides opportunities for residents to keep our city tidy. SPU provides bags, gloves, safety vests and more to help with the neighborhood clean-ups. For more information, contact the Spring Clean hotline at (206) 233-7187 or visit seattle.gov/util/EnvironmentConservation/GetInvolved/SpringClean/index.htm.

 

Neighborhood Matching Fund Supported Black Irish Heritage Celebration March 14

Black Irish Heritage flierJoin the Central Area Chamber of Commerce for its Black Irish Heritage Celebration, a festival to celebrate African-American and Irish lineage in the Central District and Seattle. It will be held on Saturday, March 14 at 3 p.m. in the 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S. Supported by our Neighborhood Matching Fund, there will be free art, music,  food, history performances, and workshops featuring the Northwest Tap Connection.  For more information contact Linda Johnson at (206) 650-9570 or caccevents2108@gmail.com.

Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Projects Workshops Coming up in March

Small and Simple photo

Ropes Course at Camp Long

Two Large Projects Fund workshops will be held in March.  Attendance at one of the offered workshops is mandatory for those groups wishing to apply to the Large Projects Fund. Dates and locations are:

  • Tuesday March 10 at 6 – 8 p.m High Point Community Center – Multi-Purpose Room, 6920 34th Ave SW, 98126
  • Wednesday March 18 at 6- 8 p.m. Northgate Community Center – Multi-Purpose Room, 10510 5th Ave NE, 98125

The Large Projects Fund provides awards up to $100,000 to support community members in building community relationships around a project.

Please RSVP by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LPFWorkshop2015

Or by:

To request childcare or interpretation services, contact us at least 3 days prior to your preferred workshop.

Deadline to apply to the Large Projects Fund is May 4, 2015 @ 5:00 p.m.

Learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund.

 

Large Projects Fund Workshop Tonight!

If your group is planning to apply to the Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Projects Fund, you must attend one of six workshops.  Tonight’s workshop is being held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Casa Latina, 317 17th Ave S.

The Large Projects Fund awards matching funds of up to $100,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects. Attendance at one of the six workshops is required in order to submit a Large Projects Fund application.

The mandatory 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.  Future workshops are as follows:

Tuesday, March 10, 6 – 8 p.m.
High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave SW

Wednesday, March 18, 6 – 8 p.m.
Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE

Wednesday, April 1, 6 – 8 p.m.
Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St.

Thursday, April 9, 6 – 8.p.m.
El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S

To attend a workshop, RSVP at surveymonkey.com/s/LPFWorkshop2015 or contact us at NMFund@seattle.gov or 206-733-9916.To request childcare or interpretation services, contact us at least 3 days prior to your preferred workshop.

The deadline for the Large Projects Fund is May 4 at 5:00 p.m. To learn more, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/largeproject.htm.

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. 

 

11th Anniversary of 206 Zulu: Celebration of Hip Hop Culture Happens this Weekend

A community event funded in part by our Neighborhood Matching Fund

Meeting of the Minds eventHip Hop legends and enthusiasts from around the country will gather in the Pacific Northwest, as 206 Zulu, Seattle’s Hip Hop and community non-profit organization, celebrates its 11th anniversary February 6-8, with an explosive three days of music, art, and dance.

The festivities kick-off Friday, February 6, with an appearance from acclaimed DJ, producer, rapper, and lecturer, 9th Wonder, credited with introducing the now common trend of producing unofficial remixes of entire albums; as well as music provided by some of 206 Zulu’s premier DJs, including Tecumseh, Gumbeaux & Cues; as well as performances from Romaro Franceswa, Jus Moni, and Dex Amora.

Saturday, February 7, will commence with the Meeting of the Minds event, a community forum featuring local organizers, community advocates, industry minds, and special guest and keynote speaker: 9th Wonder. Following the Meeting of the Minds will be the Zulu Throwdown Battle, spotlighting some of the region’s best b-boys and b-girls in heated 1 vs. 1 battles, as well as 1 vs. 1 all-styles battles, competing for cash prizes totaling $1000.

Ceremonies will conclude Sunday with the Community Green Dinner where Hip Hop meets environmental activism, presented by Pursuit of a Green Planet.

 

Next Small and Simple Deadline Monday, February 2

Small and Simple photoThe deadline to apply for the Small and Simple Projects Fund is Monday, February 2 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 in Seattle.

To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm. If your group is applying, it is important to register now on our web-based application system. There are two more opportunities to apply to this fund in 2015.

Our Neighborhood Matching Fund staff is available to advise groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. They are eager to help you, so call 206.233.0093 or email NMFund@seattle.gov before applying to discuss your project idea with one of our project managers.

A program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, 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.

 

 

Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day this Valentine’s Day, February 14

Neighbor Appreciation Day Pancake Breakfast

Neighbors Celebrate 2014 Neighbor Appreciation Day with a pancake breakfast

Activities begin February 7 across Seattle

Celebrate Seattle’s annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, create new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live. The date is February 14, with neighborhoods, community groups, and businesses across Seattle planning activities beginning February 7.

Here are ways you can participate in Neighbor Appreciation Day:

  • Plan an activity for your neighborhood such as a block party, potluck, or work party. Our website provides ideas, tools, resources, and templates to help you organize an activity. Once scheduled, you can post your event to the events calendar.
    • Attend one of the many community activities listed on the events calendar. Many Seattle Fire stations along with pools, parks, and neighborhoods are hosting celebrations and work parties.
    • Send Neighbor Appreciation Day e-cards to your neighbors.
    • Share a story or two about your favorite neighbors. You can post stories about great neighbors or neighborhoods on our website, or post it to our Facebook page. If you have an idea for a neighborhood activity, don’t forget that our Small Sparks Fund can help to support Neighborhood Appreciation Day projects that connect and engage your neighbors. If interested, the deadline for applications is January 12.Join Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and thousands of community members in celebration of what makes Seattle great – our neighbors! Visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday/  for more information or contact Wendy Watson at wendy.watson@seattle.gov.

Neighborhood Matching Fund Hosts Free Workshops for Community Groups

1st workshop is Thursday, January 8

NMF Dragonfly projectThe Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) is hosting workshops for community groups interested in learning more 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. The dates are:

  • Thursday, January 8; 6 – 8 p.m. at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S – Room 309
  • Wednesday, January 14; 6 – 8 p.m. at Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N – Room 3To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/NMFWorkshop. Childcare and interpreters can be arranged for participants who RSVP and request these services at least 72 hours in advance.To learn about the Fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm. The deadline for applications is Monday, February 2 at 5:00 p.m., but be sure to register now to apply. There are two more opportunities to apply to the Small and Simple Projects Fund. The deadline dates are June 1 and October 5, 2015, and workshops will be offered prior to both.