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.

3 Maple Leaf Homes Burn in Two-Alarm Fire


Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

July 23—An early morning fire heavily damages three north Seattle homes in the Maple Leaf neighborhood.At 3 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of a fire at a home under construction located in the 8500 block of 8th Avenue NE. When Engine Company 16 arrived, flames were shooting 30-40 feet into the air from the vacant home. The flames exposed to the homes to the north and south of the construction house catching both homes on fire.

The incident commander called for a two-alarm fire, doubling the number of firefighters responding to the scene. The extra firefighters were needed to battle the three burning homes and protect the neighboring properties. At the height of the fire there were 99 firefighters and 29 fire apparatus on the scene.

Two families of four safely evacuated the homes to the north and to the south of the burning structure. Firefighters rescued a bearded dragon pet lizard in its terrarium from the top floor of the burning home to the north.  A cat is still missing from the home to the south.









Heavy smoke from the fire forced the evacuation of an 86th Street home located just to the west of the north house.  Flying embers from the fire landed on a garage/work-shed in the back of the burning homes causing a fence and the shed to catch fire.







The heat of the fire caused about a half dozen second floor windows to break at the Saint Catherine’s School across the street from the burning houses. The school did not suffer any fire or smoke damage.







The under construction home and the south home are total losses. The north home damage is extensive and is still being assessed. Fire investigator estimate the damage will be more than a million dollars to property and contents.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Seattle Police Arson Bomb Squad and the ATF are assisting in the investigation.

There were no injuries.