City Neighborhood Council Presents “Follow the Money” – A Community Priorities Budget Conference

Join the City Neighborhood Council on Sunday, May 4 at 11 a.m. at the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion for this informative conference regarding city of Seattle budget priorities.  Let your voice be heard!

To help better inform the Conference program, please also take the quick CNC Budget Survey at:

This will be the first of a series of events designed to improve Community Connections with City Departments and Elected Officials.

The 2014 CNC Community Budget Priorities Conference is free and open to the public.

RSVP, questions or topic suggestions for the Conference OR to volunteer to help at this event, please reply to this email:

Join us for Kinnear Park Celebration April 26

Celebrate the renovation of Lower Kinnear Park at the official  re-opening on April 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Lower Kinnear Park located at West Roy Street & 6th Avenue West.  Come enjoy the entertainment, speakers and a scavenger hunt!

The Neighborhood Matching Fund has supported Kinnear Park over the years with more than $100,000 in matching fund awards.  Congratulations to FOLKPark and the other neighborhood groups and neighbors who have worked over the years to renovate the park!

Learn About the Seattle City Council Districts

In 2013, Seattle voters passed a measure amending our city’s charter to establish City Council districts. In 2015, voters will elect seven out of the nine City Council members by district. The remaining two positions will be elected “at-large” (city-wide) in positions 8 and 9. Find out the district you live in by clicking on the 2015 Council District Interactive Map and entering your address. Visit this website to learn more about the Seattle City Council Districts.


Artist Proposals Sought for STG’s 2014 Nights at the Neptune

The Neighborhood Matching Fund is reminding all artists seeking an opportunity to present work at Seattle’s Neptune Theatre for the 2014 Nights at The Neptune: A People’s Theatre Joint to submit proposals to Seattle Theatre Group before April 25. Be a part of this cool series in which the Neptune Theatre is made available for free to artists and community organizations interested in creating and performing a public arts event of their own design. Learn more here.

Meet the New Neighborhood Matching Fund Staff

(L to R:) Ed Pottharst, Minh Chau Le, Juan Martinez

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program is pleased to announce the addition of three new project managers who joined the team in March. Each one brings with them a unique set of skills that will perfectly complement and enhance the strengths of the program.

Minh Chau Le brings eight years of experience as a P-Patch community garden coordinator. She possesses a wealth of experience and working knowledge of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) NMF Program and P-Patch Community Gardening Program. She previously assisted several community gardens with implementing their NMF-awarded projects. Prior to working in DON, she worked for a market garden-based work training program for low-income  and homeless youth.

Ed Pottharst is thrilled to join the Neighborhood Matching Fund team. As a neighborhood district coordinator for 13 years, he has worked in Queen Anne and Magnolia, Lake City and other North Seattle neighborhoods, and South Seattle neighborhoods. In addition, he helped plan and implement the People’s Academy for Civic Engagement (PACE). He looks forward to helping build stronger connections between DON’s wonderful programs and the communities we serve.

Juan Martinez has been a dedicated advocate for low-income families and underserved communities. He has a worked for a community organization that advocated for a progressive tax system to benefit working families. He was also a financial service specialist for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services where he worked with homeless families. Additionally, he also serves as a Commissioner for Seattle Housing Authority and was formerly on the board of directors of the Seattle Central Community College Foundation.