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City of Seattle launches web portal on its funding programs

Have an idea to enhance your community? Need help with funding to make it happen? The city of Seattle may be able to help. It offers a wide variety of funding opportunities ranging from $250 to $1.5 million to support community projects. To make it convenient for community members to learn about its diverse funding programs, the city has created a web portal which can be found at

This user-friendly portal organizes the funding opportunities in six categories: youth; technology; community building and organizing; physical improvements; arts and culture; and the environment. Visitors can also search by the name of the city department and funding program(s), or can view all the programs side-by-side in an easy-to-read matrix format.

“We want to make it easy for people to improve their communities” says Mayor McGinn.

The web portal includes an online calendar which lists funding deadlines, workshops, and events of funded projects.  Its blog provides updates on the funding programs and shares stories about community projects.  Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has been charged with monitoring the portal and to grow and enhance it over time.

Various city departments manage the funding programs; and the criteria and funding amounts vary depending on the type of project, city priorities, the departments’ capacity, and available funding.  Some of the funding programs require a community match of volunteer labor, donated materials, donated professional services, or cash.