City of Seattle announces awards to four Duwamish River neighborhood projects

The City of Seattle announced grants for four community projects serving neighborhoods along the Duwamish River. As part of the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund, these projects will help to increase the sustainability of the neighborhoods impacted by the Superfund clean-up. The projects will begin this year and will continue into 2020.

2019 Duwamish River Opportunity Fund Awards

  • $40,000 to Duwamish Valley Affordable Housing Coalition to prevent displacement in the Duwamish Valley by preserving existing affordable housing, identifying and securing land for mixed use affordable housing development, and developing additional community space for future use.
  • $40,000 to South Park Arts and Culture Collective to create and support a series of community dinners. This project aims to connect people and increase opportunity for collaboration while highlighting local art and music events.
  • $34,193 to Duwamish Valley Sustainability Group to develop a series of videos and articles aimed at training 20-30 Duwamish River fishers in safe fishing regulations. Five youth from Duwamish Valley Youth Corps will be trained in journalism techniques to create the videos and articles, which will also highlight Superfund clean-up objectives and participation in the Environmental Protection Agency roundtables.
  • $21,149 to Georgetown Super 8 to train and support community members in telling their stories through super 8 filmmaking. This project will foster dialogue, create a shared experience, and ensure representation of diverse community voices through the medium of amateur Super 8 film.

To learn more about the fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/duwamish-river-opportunity-fund. For questions, call 206-256-5947 or email drof@seattle.gov.


About the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund

The City of Seattle is working to make the Superfund cleanup of the Duwamish River result in the optimum outcome for the river and its adjacent neighborhoods. In addition to its commitment to the clean-up efforts, the City recognizes that the communities along the Duwamish have many needs. To address some of these, the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund was created in 2014 to enhance existing programs and support new ones. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods manages the fund.