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

Members of Duwamish Valley Youth Corps

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.

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

  • Safe fishing or fish consumption
  • 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

The deadline to apply is Monday, August 15 by 5pm.


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, June 25 – 10:00am – 11:30am

Tuesday, July 12 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

If you have questions or would like to set up a one-on-one consultation, call 206.733.9916 or email