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Neighborhood Matching Fund announces funding programs for 2020

MÁS – Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle (photo by Leo Carmona)

Seattle Department of Neighborhood’s Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) announces its 2020 funding programs. Its two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the Community Partnership Fund – support grassroots projects that build stronger neighborhoods and communities. Examples of projects include park improvements, public art, cultural festivals, community organizing, and much more.

The Community Partnership Fund has good news for next year! The Fund’s maximum award will increase to $50,000 so that it can accommodate larger projects, as well as fund a wider array of project types. The 2020 deadlines for the Fund are February 25, May 19 and September 15 by 5:00 p.m.

The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project and accepts applications on a rolling basis through October 31. This fund is perfect for small community activities such as Neighbor Day, Night Out, neighborhood clean-ups, and others.

NMF is hosting three workshops for those interested in applying to the fund. Each 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.

Workshop dates and locations are as follows:

Saturday, January 11, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S.

Saturday, January 25, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave N

Tuesday, February 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Seattle Public Library – Downtown, 1000 4th Ave

To attend a workshop, RSVP at or contact us at 206-733-9916 or

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