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.

 

WORKSHOP DATES

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.

 

FUNDS AVAILABLE

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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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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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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Learn about the Neighborhood Matching Fund at our upcoming workshops

Our Neighborhood Matching Fund staff will be hosting three workshops this Spring 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 the 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.

Workshop dates and locations are as follows:

Wednesday, May 2, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Broadview Branch Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave N

Thursday, May 17, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library, 9010 35th Ave SW

Wednesday, May 30, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Douglass-Truth Branch Library, 2300 East Yesler Way

To attend a workshop, RSVP at surveymonkey.com/r/nmf-workshops or contact us at 206-733-9916 or NMFund@seattle.gov.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund has two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the Community Partnership Fund. The Community Partnership Fund provides funding up to $100,000 with three opportunities to apply this year. The remaining 2018 deadlines are June 25 and 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/nmf.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks design team for community-initiated Green Lake Small Craft Center Redevelopment project

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select a design team to lead the design process for the Green Lake Small Craft Center Redevelopment. The consultant team will work with SPR and the public to design improvements, continue public outreach, and secure all necessary local, State and Federal permits and approvals for a new Green Lake Small Craft Center. The full RFQ information package and required submittal contents are available online at the City website: http://consultants.seattle.gov. The Deadline for submittals is 5:00 PM PST on February 23, 2018.

The rowing and sailing community have expressed the need for the Green Lake Small Craft Center to undergo improvements and/or expansion to better service existing and future users. The center, which is located at the southwest end of Green Lake Park in north Seattle, is one of only two public rowing clubs located within city limits, and the only one located north of the downtown core. In 2017, in partnership with SPR, the Green Lake Rowing Advisory Council completed an architectural feasibility study. That community-initiated study, funded by the Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge Fund initiative, will be the basis for the consultant design services solicited in this RFQ.

The initial design phase of the project is a funded through the Neighborhood Matching Fund. The goal is to complete the design phase of the redevelopment project with permits and construction bid documents in hand by May 2019. Currently, the project is only funded through schematic design; funding is not yet identified for construction.

For more information please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/do-business-with-us/current-opportunities. For additional questions please contact David Graves, Strategic Advisor, at 206-684-7048 or David.Graves@seattle.gov.

 

 

 

 

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