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The Small And Simple Projects Fund Accepting Applications Sept. 1

August 29th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The 2011 Small and Simple Projects Fund, a program of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, will be open for applications beginning on Thursday, September 1 for the fall cycle. The fund is open to all eligible applicants and project types.

In recognition of Emergency Preparedness Month this September, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) and Seattle Office of Emergency Management (OEM) encourage community members to apply for funding to help them organize and engage their neighbors and plan for emergency and disaster situations.

The deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund for awards up to $20,000 is Monday, October 17 by 5 p.m. Community members can also apply to the Small Sparks Fund for awards up to $1000 with applications accepted year-round. To learn more, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/.

Two workshops have been scheduled for community members to learn more about the NMF program and emergency preparedness project ideas. The workshops will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Ballard Public Library (5614 22nd Ave NW); and on Thursday, Sept. 15 at The 2100 Building (2100 24th Ave S). All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop.

Community members are also encouraged to contact a Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager before applying at 206-233-0093 or NMFund@seattle.gov. For those applying for emergency preparedness projects, contact the Seattle Office for Emergency Management at SNAP@seattle.gov or call 206-233-5076.

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Celebrate Your Fellow Fremonsters On Neighbor Appreciation Day

January 31st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Next Saturday, February 12, is Seattle’s 17th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, and the Department of Neighborhoods wants you to share your stories:

Do you have a great neighbor or neighbors? What makes them special? Why is your street the best place to live? Why do you love your neighborhood?

In celebration of Seattle’s 17th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods invites you to tell us a story about what makes your neighbors or neighborhood so extraordinary. It’s easy to share. Just go to www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday/stories.htm to post your story and to enjoy stories that others have shared.

Neighbor Appreciation Day is Seattle’s annual day to reach out to neighbors, create new bonds, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live. Hundreds of people across Seattle will come together on February 12 (and the week of) to celebrate.

Visit this site to learn more about Neighbor Appreciation Day. There you will find ideas, tools, e-greeting cards (including one that a Hamilton Middle School student created), and a listing of events.

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Whirled Peas part of free P-Patch tour

September 16th, 2010 by Doug Alder

The Fremont-Whirled Peas garden is well known in our neighborhood.  Now, residents from other parts of Seattle will get a chance to see it for free. The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is offering a free van tour of P-Patch locations all over the city. The one in the northwest will be held October 23 from 1pm to 3pm.  The tour includes Whirled Peas, Hazel Heights, Greg’s, Good Shepherd and Ballard P-Patches. Meet at the Greenwood Neighborhood Service Center, 8515 Greenwood Avenue.  Space is limited, so register early online.


Whirled Peas P-Patch

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Free trees available through Department of Neighborhoods

July 9th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

This just in from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods: community members can get free trees for their neighborhood through the Tree Fund, a program of the department.

In a city where green things grow well, this is a great opportunity for neighborhoods, as well as for city residents who want to beautify their own yards — and who are responsible enough to take care of them.

Groups of neighbors from at least five households living on a street or block can request from 10 to 40 trees per project. In addition, every participating household can have a fruit tree for their own yard. Information on how to organize your neighborhood, the selections of trees, as well as the application form, can be found here. Deadline for applications is August 16.

Amongst the trees that you can choose from: Ginkgo (pictured), Galaxy Magnolia, Autumn Blaze Maple and Frontier Elm. There are 4 varieties of smaller trees to choose from, and two kinds of fruit trees (four-in-one apples and lapin cherries).

Ginkgo

This is the 15th year that Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is providing free trees through the Neighborhood Matching Fund’s Tree Fund program, which has seen 20,000 trees planted by Seattle residents.

It’s an effort that comes from a significant decrease in Seattle’s tree cover, which was 40 percent in 1972 and is now 22 percent of its land area. Less trees means less ways to naturally manage storm water, reduce erosion, absorb climate-disrupting gases, improve public health and clean the air. The goal of the Tree Fund program is to increase the tree cover back to 30 percent, as well as build community and promote a clean and green environment for Seattle’s streets.

For questions or additional information, contact Judy Brown, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, at 206.684.0714.

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Small & Simple Projects Fund: deadline July 12

July 8th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

If you have an idea for a community project in our neighborhood, be sure to try for matching funds up to $20,000 through applying for the Small and Simple Projects Fund, a fund of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund Program. The deadline is Monday, July 12.

Past Small and Simple projects have included creation of murals, playground improvements, and youth programs. To learn more about the funds or to apply, visit this website.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) program was created in 1988. All projects are initiated, planned and implemented by community members in partnership with Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Every award is matched by neighborhoods’ or communities’ resources of volunteer labor, donated materials, donated professional services or cash. Since the program was created 22 years ago, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has awarded over $45 million with a community match of more than $68 million. Projects have involved a total of more than 80,000 volunteers who have donated over 560,000 work hours.

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Memorial Day: Neighborhood Service Centers closed

May 31st, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

Don’t plan on using any of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ office and Neighborhood Service Centers today or tomorrow, as those will be closed, employees taking an unpaid furlough day on the 1st and off today for the Memorial Day holiday.

Also closed today: Special Events Scheduling (closed on Memorial Day) and the Amy Yee Tennis Center (closed on Memorial Day).

On Memorial Day, limited park maintenance staff will be on duty to empty trash cans and clean restrooms.

Closed tomorrow: Administrative offices (communications, correspondence, Park Board support, web management, public outreach, human resources, finance and administration); Planning and Development Division and the Magnuson Park office

To see all other closure dates throughout the year, refer to this closure calendar.

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