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Neighborhood Matching Fund Announces Upcoming Workshops for Community Groups

Neighborhood Matching Fund

Neighborhood Matching Fund Staff

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting three workshops for community groups interested in learning more about our Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF). This year, NMF will award 3.2 million dollars to community-led projects that strengthen our communities, such as cultural festivals, improvements to community spaces, public art, community organizing, and much more. Several enhancements have been made to the Fund this year including a simpler application, added flexibility, increased access to the funds, and faster review and award processing.

Each workshop will provide an overview of the program requirements and application process. The workshops occur from 6 – 7:30 p.m. To RSVP, call 206-733-9916 or go online at The dates and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, April 18
Yesler Community Center Multi-Purpose Room (917 East Yesler Way, 98122)

Wednesday, May 17
Greenwood Senior Center (525 N 85th St, 98103)

Thursday, June 1
Columbia City Library, Columbia Room (4721 Rainier Ave S, 98118)

NMF has two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the Community Partnership Fund.

  • The Community Partnership Fund provides funding up to $100,000 with two more opportunities to apply in 2017. The next Community Partnership Fund deadline for applications is Monday, June 26 at 5 p.m.
  • The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for community activities for Spring Clean, Night Out, Parking Day, and others.

More than 5,000 projects have occurred across the city since this program began in 1988. To learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund and its support to community-initiated projects, visit If you have questions about the program, call 206-233-0093 or email