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How to Get Money for Your Favorite Community Project

On Park(ing) Day, often funded by NMF, creative activities pop up on temporary park spaces all over the city.


The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting three workshops for community groups interested in learning more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF). This year, NMF will award $3.2 million dollars to community-led projects that strengthen our communities, such as cultural festivals, community space improvements, public art, community organizing, and much more. 

Each workshop will provide an overview of the program requirements and application process. The workshops, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. are scheduled for: 

  Tuesday, April 18 at the Yesler Community Center Multi-Purpose Room, 917 E. Yesler Way

  Wednesday, May 17 at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

 Thursday, June 1 at the Columbia City Library, 4721 Rainier Ave. S.

To RSVP, call 206-733-9916 or go online to www.surveymonkey.com/r/8WF9SYK.

NMF has two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the Community Partnership Fund. The Community Partnership Fund provides funding up to $100,000 with two more opportunities to apply in 2017. The next deadline for applications is Monday, June 26 at 5 p.m. The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for community activities for Spring Clean Night Out, Parking Day or others.  

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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