$470,000 in matching funds offered for technology projects

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE MAYOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact           Jason Kelly, Mayor’s Office Press Secretary, 206.684.8379

Viet Shelton, Mayor’s Office Communications Director, 206.684.3952

$470,000 in matching funds offered for technology projects

Applications due March 19

SEATTLE (Jan. 27, 2015) –The City of Seattle invites community organizations and nonprofits to apply for nearly $500,000 in funding to increase digital equity. The Technology Matching Fund awards are matched by the community’s contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services or funding.

“As a city, Seattle is known for technology and innovation, yet too many residents do not have sufficient internet access or the skills necessary to participate fully in today’s economy,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “This funding leverages the resources of the community by matching time and funding.”

The Technology Matching Fund has been in existence since 1997 and this year the City has $470,000 available for matching awards of up to $30,000 each to community groups and nonprofits. The deadline to apply is March 19, 2015.

The funding will be awarded in July to organizations who will improve digital equity by connecting traditionally-underserved populations, empower residents with digital literacy skills, and encourage diverse communities to use technology for civic participation.

Application materials and more information are available at www.seattle.gov/tech/tmf/.

Two workshops will be held for those interested in applying for the matching funds. The free workshops will provide an overview of the grant program, explain how to apply and detail characteristics of a successful application. First time applicants are encourage to attend.

Tuesday, Feb. 10: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave South, 98144

Thursday, Feb. 12: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Solid Ground, 1501 N. 45th St, 98103

Interpretation and accommodations are available upon request by calling 206-233-2751 or emailing communitytechnology@seattle.gov by February 6.

-MoS-

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Jason W. Kelly

Press Secretary

City of Seattle, Office of the Mayor

PO Box 94747, Seattle, WA 98124-4747

O: 206.684.8379 | C: 206.639.0595 | jason.w.kelly@seattle.gov

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.