Since 1988 neighborhood groups have the opportunity to apply for City resources to be put towards a community-driven project. These resources are made available through the Neighborhood Matching Fund, a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. There are three funds available through the program the Small Sparks Fund (up to $1000), the Small and Simple Projects Fund (up to $25,000), and the Large Projects Fund (up to $100,000). This last category requires applicants to complete a mandatory workshop before submitting an application. Six workshops are offered, one took place earlier in February and the second one is tonight.
The mandatory 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:
Thursday, February 19, 6 – 8 p.m.
Casa Latina, 317 17th Ave S.
Tuesday, March 10, 6 – 8 p.m.
High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave SW
Wednesday, March 18, 6 – 8 p.m.
Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE
Tuesday, April 1, 6 – 8 p.m.
Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St.
Thursday, April 9, 6 – 8.p.m.
El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S
To attend a workshop, RSVP at surveymonkey.com/s/LPFWorkshop2015 or contact us at NMFund@seattle.gov or 206-733-9916.To request childcare or interpretation services, contact us at least 3 days prior to your preferred workshop.
An important component of the Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund are the contributions made by the neighborhoods or communities involved in each project. Matching can be done through volunteer labor, donated materials, donated professional services or cash. Communities have matched on over 4,000 projects for a total value of $72 million and 574,000 hours since the program began.
The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program awards matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its goal is to build stronger and healthier neighborhoods through community involvement and engagement.
The deadline for the Large Projects Fund is May 4 at 5:00 p.m. To learn more, visit the Neighborhood Matching Fund page. Applications for the Small Sparks Fund are accepted year-round. Small and Simple Project applications are next due by June 1st.
Past projects are shown in the NMF Photo Gallery including Fremont’s own Troll.