Funding for Community Climate Projects – Apply Now!

Half of Seattle’s household greenhouse gas emissions are created in the areas of energy, transportation, diet choices and consumption habits. We know you’re all doing great work as individuals to reduce your footprint, but we are also fortunate to have so many community organizations out there promoting actions that address climate change.

The City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) wants to support grassroots organizations that engage the community in climate action. OSE will award contracts of up to $10,000
for projects that address household choices in one of the following areas:

  • Home Energy Use
  • Getting Around
  • Food Choices
  • Buying Stuff
  • Waste

Applications are due April 22 for large project funding (up to $10,000) but are accepted all year round for small projects (up to $500). Learn more and get your application going, it’s easy! 

Neighborhood Projects Benefit the Environment

Seattle’s neighborhoods continue to come up with great ideas for projects that benefit the community and our environment. The latest Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple project awards were announced a week ago providing $346,000 to community recipients dedicated to improving life in Seattle.

Here are a few examples of how the latest awards benefit the environment:

  • Add an edible plant garden, new plants, and improve native plant garden at West Woodland School and Community Gardens
  • Build 6 community gardens, install a 100′ edible walkway at Labateyah United Indians Youth Home, host a community celebration, and provide gardening workshops for residents
  • Design development for Cayton Corner Park, a new pocket park in the Central District
  • Create a series of micro-parks with sculptural benches and plantings in South Lake Union
Recipients of the fund match their awards through a combination of locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund has provided funding to the city’s neighborhoods for the past 26 years. Approximately 5,000 projects have been completed by neighborhoods and communities with the help of NMF, and its contribution to neighborhoods can be seen across the city – from the Fremont Troll to Georgetown’s Hat n’ Boots.

There are two more times to apply this year to the Small and Simple Projects Fund with deadlines on June 2 and October 6. In the meantime, if you have an idea for a project, large or small, to inspire your neighbors to take actions that address climate change, be sure to check out our Community Climate Projects. Applications for large projects (up to $10,000) are due April 22. Small (up to $500) projects can be applied for all year.

Neighborhood Summit this Saturday – Join Us!

The Office of Sustainability & Environment will be on hand at the Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit this Saturday to talk about your environmental questions. Get all the latest info on how we’re working to make Seattle a sustainable, vibrant community while building shared prosperity. Find the full event agenda here.

Time & location details:

Saturday, April 5
9am to 1pm
Seattle Center – Pavilion Room

Be sure to RSVP to reserve a spot as space is limited. Can’t make it? Follow the twitter hashtag #SNS2014.

Hope to see you there!