City of Seattle Awards Nearly $439,000 in Matching Funds for Neighborhood Projects

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods recently awarded nearly $439,000, in matching funds to support 23 neighborhood-initiated projects across the city of Seattle. Community groups received Small and Simple Projects Fund awards from the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund Program for projects that range from an oral history project on Central Area seniors to events on the culinary heritage of Chinese Americans.

The Small and Simple Projects Fund, one of three funds offered through the Neighborhood Matching Fund, provides awards of up to $25,000 to community organizations committed to fostering and building a better community. Recipients of the fund match their awards through a combination of locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor. These recent awards range from $7,750 to $25,000, and the organizations have pledged to match the city’s $438,770 contribution with resources valued at $497,877.

“For 26 years, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has been a fantastic resource for Seattle’s neighborhoods across this city,” said Berne Matsuno, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “What makes it so successful is the community connection and engagement that happens among neighbors as they work together to improve their community.”

The Small and Simple Projects Fund opens again to applications early next year; deadline dates will be announced in late December. To learn more visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm.

Click here to see the list of awarded projects.

Space Still Available for the Learn the Basics of Advocacy and how Government Works FREE Seminar

We still have a few spots left for our seminar this evening!  Please RSVP to Wendy Watson at wendy.watson@seattle.gov if you would like to attend.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) presents its fall seminar, “Democracy Needs You! Five Essential Advocacy Tools that will Shape Your World.” Forget the days of “Schoolhouse Rock” – our guest expert facilitator, professor, and long-time community activist Nancy Amidei is the real deal. This seminar will cover the basic functions of our three branches of government, how a bill becomes a law, and five effective advocacy tools.

Join us for an engaging evening of learning, networking, and fun. The seminar is on Wednesday, December 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Washington School of Social Work, Room 305-A.

There is a parking lot on 15th Ave NE and 41st St. across from the School of Social Work. Multiple bus lines serve the University District, so visit King County Metro for information.

This event is hosted by PACE, our nine-month civic leadership development program for emerging community leaders. To learn more visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/engage/pace.

The Latest Issue of our Neighborhood News is Out

Read about activities and events involving the programs of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods in this issue of Neighborhood News. There’s a new city landmark, a free seminar, and a listing of events happening in neighborhoods. If you are interested in subscribing, just click here. Our next issue will be out in December.

Free Fall Seminar – Democracy Needs You!!

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) is pleased to present our 2014 Fall Seminar, “Democracy Needs You!  Five Essential Advocacy Tools that will Shape Your World.”  Forget your days of “Schoolhouse Rock” – our guest expert facilitator, professor, and long-time community activist Nancy Amidei is the real deal. This seminar will cover the basic functions of our three branches of government, how a bill becomes a law, and five effective advocacy tools.  Join us for an engaging evening of learning, networking, and fun.

The seminar will be held Wednesday, December 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Washington School of Social Work, Room 305-A.  Please RSVP to Wendy Watson at wendy.watson@seattle.gov.

 

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