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.

City of Seattle’s “Find It, Fix It” Offers Mobile Phone Users way Report Graffiti, Potholes and Other Issues

The City of Seattle’s “Find It, Fix It” smartphone app offers mobile users a way to report selected issues to the City. The app takes advantage of technology available on mobile devices, including geographic awareness, to give mobile users a convenient way to alert the City to issues such as graffiti, potholes and streetlight outages, while providing location information that helps City staff respond.

The app, which can be downloaded to any iPhone or Android phone, offers the following service request categories:

  • Abandoned Vehicles: report vehicles parked in a public right-of-way more than three days.
  • Graffiti: report graffiti, including what it is on – parking meter, utility pole or building – so it gets automatically routed to the appropriate department for response.
  • Illegal Dumping: report illegal dumping in a specific location.
  • Parking Enforcement: make an inquiry regarding a parking concern.
  • Pothole: report a pothole.
  • Streetlight Report: report a specific outage.
  • Other Inquiry: this miscellaneous category is for making an inquiry or request, which will be processed by the City’s Customer Service Bureau. Mobile users should choose this category to provide feedback.

Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from iTunes. The fastest way to find the app is to search on this phrase within quotes: “find it, fix it.”

The app also provides a link to http://m.seattle.gov, the mobile version of the City of Seattle’s website. Windows phone users can use this link to view the City’s full website and “request a City service” under the “Need Help” section near the bottom of the home page.

In addition to the app, you report issues and request information:

  • In person at the Customer Service Bureau located in the City Hall lobby, the Customer Service Center in the Seattle Municipal Tower lobby and any of six Neighborhood Service Centers;
  • Over the phone by calling the Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-2489 (CITY); and
  • At the City’s website at http://www.seattle.gov.

All requests submitted must specify a location within Seattle city limits in order to complete processing. If the location is outside the city limits, a message will display to the user and the request will close automatically.

For help with Find It, Fix It and City services in general, please contact the Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-2489 (CITY).

Beacon Hill Meaningful Movie “Honor Totem” March 20

Honor totem flierWhat can a person do when faced with injustice?  The John T. Williams Totem Pole project rose from the August 2010 fatal police shooting of Williams, a First Nations woodcarver.  The shooting, which was found to be unjustified by the Seattle Police Department, sparked an outcry that extended beyond the city of Seattle and the native community.  The slain man’s older brother Rick Williams chose a peaceful response through an ambitious endeavor to carve a 34-foot totem pole in honor of the Willliams family’s artistic legacy and the memory of one of its most talented carvers.  A poignant examination of how a community leans on the power of tradition, art and clulture after one horrific event, Honor Totem tells the story of a brother’s love and determination to “take something ugly and give something beautiful back”

Special guests for the evening will be film maker Ian Devier, master carver Rick Williams, and leader of the John T Williams Organizing Committee Jay Holllingsworth.

Friday, March 20, 7:00pm (doors open 6:15pm)
Free movie, free popcorn!  Discussion follows movie.
Garden House (2336 15th Ave S, across from the Shell station)
ADA parking and ramp access from the alley

 

 

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.

 

Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Zoning Change Request for Laurelhurst Elementary School

A public meeting is scheduled to discuss the Seattle School District’s request for a waiver from City zoning regulations regarding Laurelhurst Elementary School. The request is to modify current regulations to allow additional portable classrooms above the allowed lot coverage of 45%. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Laurelhurst Elementary School Auditorium (4530 46th Ave NE).

This meeting will include a presentation on the requested modification before the Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee, a group composed of neighbors and School District and City representatives that is formed to address School District requests for a zoning departure. After the presentation, the public is invited to make comments concerning the request.

Following public testimony, the committee will make a recommendation to either grant outright, grant with conditions, or deny the requested zoning modifications; or it can decide to hold additional meetings. The final decision is made by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development.

If the public cannot attend the meeting, written comments can be submitted to:

Steve Sheppard
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
700 5th Avenue, Suite 1700
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

For more information, contact Steve Sheppard at 684-0302 or e-mail at steve.sheppard@seattle.gov.

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.