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Get to Know the Neighborhood Matching Fund

Build stronger connections in your community through creative projects funded by the city



Do you have a brilliant idea, creative event or community building activity you'd like to put together in your neighborhood but aren't sure how to go about organizing and funding it? Let us introduce you to the Neighborhood Matching Fund.

Created in 1988, the Neighborhood Matching Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood improvement, organizing, or projects that are developed and carried out by community members. The award requires awardees to match their award with contributions from the community (volunteer time, donated materials, donated professional services or cash), and it's an incredible way to provide your neck of the woods with a fun or inspiring event to bring everyone together.

Since its creation in 1988, the Fund has awarded more than $49 million to more than 5,000 projects throughout the Seattle area and generated an additional $72 million of community match. Neighborhood groups, community organizations, informal groups, business groups and those who want to build stronger community connections are invited to apply

Included within the NMF is the Small Sparks Fund which provides funding up to $5,000 per project. Projects that have been awarded funding through Small Sparks in the past have included numerous Night Out and Block Party events, the Hillman City Field Day at Brighton Park, a community Earth Day event at Sand Point Elementary School, and an art in the park event for kids through the Leschi Community Council. 

All of this brings us to the most important information. The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, which runs the program, has organized three upcoming workshops for those interested in applying to the fund. The workshops will give an overview of the fund and program, review the process, and focus on the characteristics of a strong application.

The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis through November 30. If this is just what you've been looking for to improve your neighborhood for your kids, check out one of the upcoming classes, below.


Wednesday, January 31, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N


Thursday, February 15, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Montlake Community Center, 1618 Calhoun St.


Tuesday, February 27, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Columbia City Library, 4721 Rainier Ave S


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



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