Deadline Approaches for Matching Funds to Support your Neighborhood Project

September 2 workshop for interested applicants
Application deadline is October 5

If your group needs funds to do a neighborhood project, our Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help. However, you’ll need to be quick because the application deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund is Monday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. This fund provides awards of up to $25,000 to for community-building projects that are matched by community contributions.

To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit This is the last opportunity in 2015 to apply to this fund.

The final workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at University Heights Community Center (Room 209), 5031 University Way NE. The workshop provides an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP, go online at or call  206-233-0093. The workshop is open to all.

Our Neighborhood Matching Fund staff is available to advise groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. You are strongly encouraged to call 206.233.0093 or email to discuss your project idea with one of our project managers.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program awards matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its goal is to build stronger and healthier neighborhoods through community involvement and engagement. Every award is matched by a neighborhood’s contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials, in-kind professional services, or cash.

Kids’ Carpentry turns students’ imagination into toys

Kids’ Carpentry winter participants’ creations.

On Saturday afternoons, kids at Magnolia Community Center aren’t playing with toys; they’re learning how to build them.

This winter, Instructor Loren Kite is teaching his Kids’ Carpentry class in Seattle Parks and Recreation  community centers for the first time. Kids’ Carpentry is a hands-on toy-building class designed to teach boys and girls ages 5-10 practical woodworking skills with an emphasis on the safe use of hand tools. The students are empowered to construct wooden toys of their own creation, building self-esteem, confidence and life skills.

“It seemed really interesting to learn how to build my own things,” student Ruby said. “I’m building a table to put my stuff on in my room because it’s really messy.”

A student named Mark said he joined the class because he wanted to be able to learn outside of school hours. “I get really bored on the weekends,” Mark said. “I thought this class would be really cool. I’ve built a wooden car and cell phone.”

The course is five sessions. Participants learn the names of different tools, how to measure wood for their projects and the safe way to use tools.

Instructor Loren Kite brought Kids’ Carpentry to the Seattle area after teaching it for two years in the Bay Area. Kite grew up woodworking with his father. He received his Bachelor in Fine Arts in Production Management from the Theatre School at DePaul University and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Carpentry from Seattle Central College’s Center for Wood Construction.

Kids’ Carpentry will be offered at Magnolia Community Center again this spring and Kite will host four different Kids’ Carpentry summer day camps at Green Lake Community, Magnolia Community Center, Queen Anne Community Center and Miller Community Center. For more information about camp registration, please see the summer day camp brochure.

Crews Working to Restore Remaining 2,000

Strong wind gusts resulted in outages to about 15,000 customers throughout Seattle City Light’s service territory early Sunday morning. City Light crews continue to work to   restore power to the remaining 2,000 customers affected by over 50 separate outages.

Customers can get updated outage restoration information online at


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Crews Responding to Outages Affecting About 11,000 Customers

Crews are responding to make repairs as  winds cause scattered outages in Seattle City Light’s service territory on Sunday morning. High winds left more than 11,000 customers without power throughout City Light’s service territory. Large outages are occurring in Magnolia and West Seattle. Crews are responding to identify the exact locations and make repairs to all outages. Customers can get updated outage information online at