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.



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.



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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Seattle’s Duwamish River Opportunity Fund to provide $250,000 for community-initiated projects

Seattle Good Business Network: 2016 DROF Grantee

City seeks proposals to support Duwamish River neighborhoods

For years, Duwamish River neighborhoods have been impacted by the Superfund clean-up that has been occurring in and along the river. To support them, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is again seeking proposals to help fund community-based projects that increase the sustainability of the neighborhoods along the Duwamish River. Proposals to the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund should address such topics as job training, economic development, access to healthy food, affordable housing strategies, environmental development or restoration, or major community development activities that will have long-term impacts. The total amount of funding is $250,000.

“Over the years, the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund (DROF) has funded community-based programs that have made critical investments for residents and businesses in South Park and Georgetown,” said Andrés Mantilla, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “As a participant in Mayor Durkan’s Duwamish Valley Action Plan, DROF will continue to deliver outcomes that support the health and well-being of the neighborhoods.”

Applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop before applying. These workshops will review the application process and discuss the requirements for a good proposal. The workshops will be held:

To view the Request for Proposals and Application, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/duwamish-river-opportunity-fund.

For questions, call 206-256-5947 or email DROF@seattle.gov. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 30 by 5 p.m.


Call for Grant Reviewers

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is recruiting community members to serve as grant reviewers of DROF applications to select those projects that are impactful and improve the quality of life for communities living within the Duwamish River valley. Grant reviewers should live, work, or receive services in the Duwamish River valley and have a clear understanding of community needs and resources. They will be compensated for their time. Visit our webpage to review the Frequently Asked Questions document and the DROF Grant Reviewer Application. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 30 by 5 p.m.

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MÁS – Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle: a Neighborhood Matching Fund profile

MÁS – Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle is an an umbrella organization created by Afrolatino communities and artists which activates and empowers communities through art, raising awareness about the history and cultural contributions of Latinos of African descent.

MÁS received a Small Sparks grant through our Neighborhood Matching Fund to help produce their spring concert, Pregones de Mi Tierra. We recently checked in with them to see how it went.

All photos by Leo Carmona.

From the MÁS Team:

This past Sunday June 9, with the support of 4Culture and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, MÁS Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle, realized its first spring concert: “Pregones de Mi Tierra.” This event was held in the Plaza Roberto Maestas, the space managed by El Centro de la Raza. In this space, MÁS brought together 10 groups of artists whose work centers Afrolatino and Caribbean culture for a four-hour program that explored and engaged with the theme of the “pregón,” or the street seller’s cry, a genre of musical and artistic traditions inspired by oral street culture. The plaza was converted into a space where artists and the public mingled to playfully celebrate their creativity, humor, and joy while also sharing the particular histories of unique afrodescendent populations across Latin America. The laughter, the voices calling across space, the bodies in movement, and the sound of the drum collectively invaded the public space, converting it into a communal setting with the particular flavor of “home.” We sang. We danced to the rhythms of Candombe, Mapalé, Punta, Samba, Parranda, Capoeira, Tamborito, Festejo, and Bomba. We nourished our hearts as we witnessed each other and felt seen and heard. The energy and joy of the encounter created an urgency to continue the work to unite and come together in events such as this. We are infinitely grateful to 4Culture and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Thanks to their economic support we were able to bring into fruition such an important project here in the Pacific Northwest.


Del equipo de MÁS:

El pasado domingo 9 de junio, con el apoyo de 4Culture y el Departamento de Vecindarios de Seattle, MÁS Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle, realizó su primer concierto de primavera: “Pregones de Mi Tierra”. Este evento se realizó en la Plaza Roberto Maestas, el espacio administrado por El Centro de la Raza. En este espacio, MÁS reunió a 10 grupos de artistas, cuyo centro de trabajo es la cultura Afrolatino y Caribeña, para un programa de cuatro horas que exploraba y se ocupaba del tema del “Pregón”, un género de tradiciones musicales y artísticas inspiradas por la cultura oral de la calle. La plaza se convirtió en un espacio donde los artistas y el público se entremezclaban para celebrar con picardía su creatividad, humor y alegría al mismo tiempo que compartían las historias particulares de poblaciones afrodescendientes únicas en toda América Latina. La risa, las voces que llamaban a través del espacio, los cuerpos en movimiento y el sonido del tambor colectivamente invadieron el espacio público, convirtiéndolo en un entorno comunal con el sabor particular de “hogar”. Cantamos, bailamos al ritmo de Candombe, Mapale, Punta, Samba, Parranda, Capoeira, Tamborito, Festejo y Bomba. Alimentamos nuestros corazones cuando fuimos testigos y nos sentimos vistos y escuchados. La energía y la alegría del encuentro crearon la urgencia de continuar el trabajo para unirse y reunirnos en eventos como este. Estamos infinitamente agradecidos a 4Culture y al Departamento de Vecindarios de Seattle porque gracias a su apoyo económico pudimos llevar a buen puerto un proyecto tan importante aquí en el noroeste del Pacífico.

Learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund and how you can get involved at seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf.

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Vote for your favorite Your Voice, Your Choice park and street improvements

You decide how to spend $3 million of the City’s budget!

From June 16 – July 16 is your chance to vote for your favorite local park and street improvement projects. It’s all part of the City of Seattle’s Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets, a participatory budgeting initiative in which community members democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget on small park and street improvements. A total of $285,000 is available in each City Council District, and residents can cast their ballots for their top three choices in the district where they live, work, go to school, receive services, or volunteer.

Each council district will have its own ballot. The projects were selected from over 1,000 ideas submitted in January by community members across Seattle. More than 500 community members evaluated and prioritized each idea based on need at the project’s location and community benefit. The projects, which can be viewed at www.seattle.gov/yvyc, range from new pedestrian lighting to basketball court improvements.

Community members ages 11 and up can vote online or at in-person polling stations between June 16 – July 16. Paper ballots are also available at all Seattle Public Library branches. The projects that receive the most votes will be funded by the City and implemented in 2019.

New this year is additional funding for projects in Equity and Environment Initiative (EEI) focus areas. These are geographic areas where communities of color, immigrants, refugees, people with low incomes, Native peoples, and limited-English proficiency individuals tend to live. Because these areas are highly impacted by socio-economic and environmental challenges, the City’s goal is to ensure the people most affected have a voice in finding solutions. Projects will be voted on through district-based ballots, and the top vote-getting projects in EEI Focus Areas citywide will be funded up to $1 million overall.

After ballots are tallied, the winning projects will be announced in August. You can find information and voting instructions at www.seattle.gov/yvyc.

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City of Seattle awards more than $1 million in matching funds for 22 community-based projects

Neighbors working on construction of the Wetmore Community Garden

The City of Seattle is investing $1,099,900 to support 22 community-initiated projects through Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund. Its Community Partnership Fund offers matching funds of up to $100,000 to community organizations committed to fostering and building our community. These awards range from $15,000 to $100,000 with the 22 organizations pledging over $916,816 in community match including volunteer hours, locally raised money, donated materials, and in-kind professional services.

“This investment supports the dedication of the many community members who roll up their sleeves to build a more vibrant and inclusive city. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is proud to partner with these organizations as we work to engage and strengthen their neighborhoods and community.” – Andrés Mantilla, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

The Neighborhood Matching Fund has two funds: Community Partnership Fund, which is offered three times a year with cash awards up to $100,000; and Small Sparks Fund, which is offered on a rolling basis throughout the year with cash awards of up to $5,000.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) provides more than $3 million each year to local organizations. Over its nearly 30-year history, more than 5,000 projects have been funded in partnership with the NMF Program, and its investment in neighborhoods can be seen across the city. For more information about NMF, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/.


2018 Community Partnership Fund Awards – Spring Cycle


Citywide (Across all Districts)

  • $15,000 to BrazilFest 2018 happening on Sunday, August 19 from noon – 7 pm at Seattle Center. The event will include music, food, dancing, workshops and children’s activities all done in a big Brazilian way. (Community match: $11,000)
  • $27,900 to City Fruit to execute the Harvest for All project expanding their harvest and distribution work to include Northgate, Capitol Hill, Central District, and downtown Seattle neighborhoods. This expansion broadens access to a more equitable, neighborly food system. (Community match: $16,760)
  • $78,600 to the 2018 Gullah Geechee Festival: Call and Response, a diverse set of activities held throughout the year to include poetry readings, a genealogy weekend, an American Gullah Art Exhibit, and a three-day Gullah Geechee Family Reunion in August. (Community match: $64,208)


District 1

  • $20,000 to install a year-round hydroponic garden at the South Park Community Center to provide the residents in the South Park area access to healthy fresh foods by giving them the means to grow their own leafy greens year-round. (Community match $16,600)


District 2

  • $78,700 for Phase 2 construction of the Wetmore Community Garden located on Wetmore Ave S and South Estelle St. This project transformed a neglected right-of-way into a community farm that provides neighbors a safe clean environment to grow food and build community. (Community match $39,353)
  • $80,000 for the South Seattle Youth Theatre Initiative, an Intiman Theatre collaboration with local community partners to organize after-school, youth theater workshops. The workshops will focus on acting and performance as well as training in the technical and backstage elements of theater. (Community match: $60,000)
  • $53,000 to the Rainier Chamber of Commerce for the Connect 10,000 Video Storytelling project which will include 50 professional videos showcasing the diverse businesses and organizations in southeast Seattle with a focus on women of color and youth. (Community match: $52,640)
  • $37,000 for the San Gennaro Festival, a three-day celebration of the flavors and arts of the Italian community in historic Georgetown where Italian immigrants settled when first arriving to Seattle. (Community match: $34,370)
  • $100,000 to the Haida Roots Language & Youth Arts Program, an effort of the Haida Heritage Foundation (HHF) to keep the culture and critically endangered Xaad kil (Haida language) alive. The project includes dance, music, and regalia making with local artists, plus a community celebration. (Community match: $60,179)


District 3

  • $60,000 to Tasveer for the Desi X NW festival, a six-day literary and storytelling event in December featuring poets, novelists, and other writers from the South Asian community. The festival includes workshops on writing fiction, comedy, screenplays and graphic novels. (Community match: $37,500)
  • $96,000 for the Borealis Festival of Light, a nightly display of light art in South Lake Union Park and surrounding areas this October. The festival will feature live music, street art performances, lighting art installations, and multi-media projections on surrounding structures. (Community match: $162,800)
  • $28,000 to African Ethnic Media Seattle for the Community Connect Through Ethnic Media project training ten youth ages 16 to 21 in video production, broadcast techniques, interview and research practices, journalistic writing, and documentary methods. (Community match: $30,300)
  • $28,000 to BEGO, Inc. for the Ethiopian Heritage Arts and Music Festival 2018, a free all-day event featuring Ethiopian musicians, dancers, artists, food, family activities, and multi-cultural performances in collaboration with the Duwamish community. (Community match: $69,500)


District 4

  • $43,200 to the Eli’s Park Project, a community engagement process for the renovation of the Burke-Gilman Playground Park. This phase will result in a schematic design and preliminary cost estimates. (Community match: $31,207)


District 6

  • $17,400 to Community Cinema Group for the Outdoor Movie at Ballard Commons Park, a free outdoor movie on August 18 in Ballard Commons Park that will provide an enjoyable and relaxing night out for locals and a way for groups and nonprofits to connect with residents. (Community match: $23,425)
  • $60,000 to the Nordic Museum’s Viking Days Festival celebrating its 35th anniversary on July 14-15. This free event offers a rich overview of Nordic culture for new and regular visitors alike.  (Community match: $57,212)
  • $49,000 to Friends of the Ballard Civic Orchestra for the Music as a Bridge to Intercultural Understanding project using music to engage community members with Latino culture. There will be orchestra rehearsals and public performances celebrating culturally significant events.  (Community match: $31,600)
  • $22,500 to the Whittier Heights Community Council for the Totem Pole in Baker Park project to replace a Haida totem pole and restore plants at Baker Park. A celebration of the replacement pole will be held in cooperation with the Haida Community Dancers. (Community match: $13,273)


District 7

  • $100,000 to the John Hay Playground Phase 2 construction project to install a play structure, artificial turf mounds, and other features at John Hay Elementary School. The work will be based on conceptual design and construction documents and will take place this fall. (Community match: $53,659)
  • $23,000 to United Indians of all Tribes for planning and design of ADA-compliant restrooms at the Daybreak Star Center in Discovery Park. (Community match: $13,370)
  • $57,600 to the Center for Architecture and Design for the Design is Everywhere Community Parklet project to demonstrate design excellence in an urban environment through creation of an outdoor space where people can gather. (Community match: $28,785)
  • $25,000 to the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce to support Phase 2 of its mural project to enhance Magnolia Village’s core by painting a vibrant, interactive mural integrating art designs from neighborhood children culminating in a community celebration. (Community match: $9,075)

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