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Seattle’s Duwamish River Opportunity Fund to provide $250,000 for community-initiated projects

Updated: July 20, 2018

Seattle Good Business Network: 2016 Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Grantee

City seeks proposals to support Duwamish River neighborhoods

For years, Duwamish River neighborhoods have been impacted by the Superfund clean-up that has been occurring in and along the river. To support them, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is again seeking proposals to help fund community-based projects that increase the sustainability of the neighborhoods along the Duwamish River.

Proposals to the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund (DROF) should address such topics as job training, economic development, access to healthy food, affordable housing strategies, environmental development or restoration, or major community development activities that will have long-term impacts. The total amount of funding is $250,000.

“Over the years, the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund (DROF) has funded community-based programs that have made critical investments for residents and businesses in South Park and Georgetown. As a participant in Mayor Durkan’s Duwamish Valley Action Plan, DROF will continue to deliver outcomes that support the health and well-being of the neighborhoods.”

– Andrés Mantilla, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods


Applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop before applying. These workshops will review the application process and discuss the requirements for a good proposal. The workshops will be held:

July 11, 5 – 6:30pm
South Park Community Center (8319 8th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108)

July 19, 5 – 6:30pm
Counterbalance Brewing (503 South Michigan Street, Suite B)

View the Request for Proposals and Application.

For questions, call 206-256-5947 or email

The deadline to apply is Monday, July 30 by 5pm.

The 2018 application deadline has been extended to Friday, August 31 at 5pm.

Call for Grant Reviewers

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is recruiting community members to serve as grant reviewers of DROF applications to select those projects that are impactful and improve the quality of life for communities living within the Duwamish River valley. Grant reviewers should live, work, or receive services in the Duwamish River valley and have a clear understanding of community needs and resources. They will be compensated for their time.

Visit our webpage to review the Frequently Asked Questions document and the DROF Grant Reviewer Application.

The deadline to apply to be a grant reviewer is Monday, July 30 by 5pm.