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

Seeking proposals to support Duwamish River neighborhoods

For years, Duwamish River neighborhoods have been impacted by environmental injustices, including the Superfund clean-up occurring in and along the river. To support them, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is again seeking proposals to the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund (DROF) to help fund community-based projects that improve the quality of life for communities living in the Duwamish River Valley. The total amount of funding is $250,000.    

Since 2014, the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund has granted more than $1.5 million to community projects focused on quality-of-life enhancements in the neighborhoods of South Park, Georgetown, and SODO. The fund is one component of a broader City effort to improve the quality of life and restore the health of Duwamish River communities.

Submit a Proposal

Proposals to the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund should address one or more of the following:

  • Safe fishing or fish consumption   
  • Access to healthy food
  • Environmental development or restoration
  • Job training or economic development 
  • Community development
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Affordable housing strategies
  • Healthy lifestyle 
  • Emerging issues (COVID-19, Homelessness, West Seattle Bridge closure)

To learn more and apply, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/duwamish-river-opportunity-fund.

The deadline to apply is Monday, August 16 by 5pm.

Informational Workshops

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

Saturday, July 10 – 10:00am – 11:30am
Join Online: https://seattle.webex.com/seattle/j.php?MTID=mdbdd11f7ecd4911e46e9f48ac5e70f82  
Join by phone:
+1-206-207-1700 United States Toll (Seattle)
+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll
Access code: 1878 98 5994

Tuesday, July 13 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Join Online: https://seattle.webex.com/seattle/j.php?MTID=m857ac4de079e51d6add8cc1f82310c61
Join by phone:
+1-206-207-1700 United States Toll (Seattle)
+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll
Access code: 1873 00 7617

If you would like to set up a one-on-one consultation or have questions, call 206-733-9916 or email DROF@seattle.gov.