Improve your civic leadership skills at the People’s Academy for Community Engagement

Now accepting applications through October 1; classes begin October 13

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), its civic leadership development program, for the next wave of community leaders. The Fall Quarter will be held on Saturdays beginning October 13 and running through November 10.

During the 5-week program, 25-30 emerging leaders (18 years and up) learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and the city’s governmental structure and processes.

The classes will be held on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Topics include: Approaches to Leadership, Accessing City Government, Community Organizing, Building Relationships with Local Media, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, and more. Tuition is $100, and there is tuition assistance available.

To apply, visit seattle.gov/PACE. The application deadline for the upcoming Fall Quarter is Monday, October 1 at 5:00 p.m.

PACE is offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall. Applications for all quarters are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, visit our webpage and for questions, email PACE@seattle.gov.

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Help us celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the P-Patch Community Gardening Program

As many of you know, the P-Patch Community Gardening Program turns 45 this year! We’d like you to help us celebrate this anniversary by sharing your love for the P-Patch program on social media.

We could go on and on about the successes of this program and why we think it is vital and amazing. But, the story of the P-Patch really should be told by YOU, the gardeners and community members that cultivate, care for, and bring these places to life!

How You Can Participate

Tell us why you love the P-Patch program or share your favorite memory from your garden! Here is how:

  • Post a short video on social media (tagging the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and using #ppatch45)
  • Take a photo and share it along with a written post on social media (tagging the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and using #ppatch45)
  • Email your photo, video, and/or written story to Sam.Read@seattle.gov and we will share it for you.

Feel free to be as creative as you want!

If you have questions, want to talk over an idea, or need help sharing your story, please feel free to contact us.

And, don’t forget to tag us. Here is where you can find the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods on social:

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Seattle Renters’ Commission issues statement in support of Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA)

Members of the Seattle Renters’ Commission appeared before the Seattle City Council’s Select Committee on Citywide Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) yesterday to voice their support of MHA.

They have also issued a statement urging the Seattle City Council to pass Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) legislation.

“This is the first step in a long road to making Seattle affordable for all renters, and as such, we support City Council starting this journey with MHA.”

Read the full statement from the Seattle Renters’ Commission.


The Seattle Renters’ Commission provides information, advice, and counsel to the Mayor, Seattle City Council, and departments concerning issues and policies affecting renters. Learn more at seattle.gov/neighborhoods/seattle-renters-commission

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Learn how to get funding for your community project!

Our Neighborhood Matching Fund staff will be 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.

At these workshops, you will:

  • Learn about funding opportunities ranging from $1,000 to $100,000.
  • Find out if your project idea matches our funding requirements.
  • Get tips for a competitive application.

 

WORKSHOP DATES

Tuesday, July 10, 6 – 7:30pm
2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S

Tuesday, July 31, 6 – 7:30pm
Yesler Community Center, 917 E. Yesler Way

Thursday, August 9, 6 – 7:30pm
University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE

To attend a workshop, RSVP at surveymonkey.com/r/nmf-summer18 or contact us at 206-733-9916 or NMFund@seattle.gov.

 

FUNDS AVAILABLE

The Neighborhood Matching Fund has two funds – the Community Partnership Fund and the Small Sparks Fund.

  • The Community Partnership Fund provides funding up to $100,000 with three opportunities to apply a year. The deadline for the last round in 2018 is September 10.
  • The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis through November 30.

 


 

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 seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund.

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High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands open this week

Gardeners offer fresh, affordable organic produce!

For organic produce look no further than the High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands opening for the season beginning on Friday. The farm stands offer produce picked fresh from the P-Patch Market Gardens and grown by low-income residents of the High Point and NewHolly Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) neighborhoods.

FARM STANDS

High Point Farm Stand 
32nd SW and SW Juneau Street
open Wednesdays 4-7pm from July 11 – October 3

NewHolly Farm Stand 
S. Holly Park Dr. between 40th S and Rockery Drive S
open Fridays 4-7pm from July 6 – September 28

 

Both farm stands accept EBT cards and participate in Fresh Bucks which doubles consumers’ SNAP dollars when they choose to spend them on fresh fruits and vegetables. Come see the gardens, meet the farmers, and enjoy their fresh produce.

 

The High Point Farm Stand will again host ROAR, the mobile farm stand that sells produce to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy food.

 


 

Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program to support low-income gardeners and their neighborhoods. Its mission is to establish safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity through farm stand enterprises. To learn more, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/p-patch-community-gardening/market-gardens.

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