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GRANT PROGRAMS

This matrix lists the various grant funding opportunities available from the City of Seattle ’s various departments. Timing of the grant programs can vary from year to year; please check with the individual department to confirm the current cycle and process for each program.

 

Program
Dept/Contact

Cycle

Funding Available

Requirements/Criteria

Examples

Neighborhood Arts
Council Funding Initiative

Arts & Cultural Affairs

Michelle Blackmon
206-733-9576

Link to Application

Annually

 

Applications available in March

(see website for specific dates)

$1,000

Must be a Neighborhood Arts Council or Community Stewardship group that has been in existence for at least one year and has a track record of producing recurring festivals or community events.

Street fair, community festival, art walk, neighborhood concerts, etc.

Bill Wright Technology Matching Fund Grant Program
Department of Information Technology

Delia Burke
206-733-9576

Link to Application

Annually

 

Applications deadline are in February

(see website for specific dates)

Projects up to $10,000

Can be a non-profit, a neighborhood- based group, or an ad hoc group of residents who form an organization to work on a specific project.

Provides funds to increase technology literacy and access and to enhance electronic civic participation.

Technology Training program serving low-income business owners, Youth and Seniors assessing neighborhood conditions using PDA’s volunteer program to teach homebound seniors technology skills

Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Projects Fund

Department of Neighborhoods

Scott Mannix
206-684-0720

Link to Application

Quarterly

 

January

April

July

October

(see website for specific dates)

Up to $15,000

Applications accepted from community-based groups of residents and businesses. Projects require 1/2:1 matches of volunteer labor, cash, donated services or materials
Construction projects require 1:1 match

Projects must provide a public benefit, emphasize self-help, and involve neighbors in planning and implementing the project

Completion in 6 months

Business directories, walking tour maps, public art, physical improvements, benches, beautification, marketing projects, banners, events, planning and design, and more

Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Projects Fund

Department of Neighborhoods

Scott Mannix
206-684-0720

Link to Application

Annually

 

Letter of Intent due in February

Application
due in April

(see website for specific dates)

$15,000 –
$100,000

Same as above for Small and Simple Projects Fund

Completion in 1 year

Same as above

Neighborhood Outreach and Development Fund

Department of Neighborhoods

Allynn Ruth
206-684-0301

Link to Application

Applications can be submitted any time.

 

 

(see website for specific dates)

$750

For groups with annual operating budgets less than $20,000.

Goal is to help neighborhood-based organizations increase their membership and provide leadership training and technical assistance to enhance the skills of its members.

 

Neighborhood Business District Awards Program

Office of Economic Development

Theresa Barerras

206-684-4505

Link to Application

Annually

 

March: Request for Proposals are due in March

(see website for specific dates)

$1,000 - $20,000

Must be a non-profit, business organization

Marketing projects
(i.e. banner, signage, street fairs)

Physical Improvements
(i.e. benches, flower baskets, street light additions)

Cumulative Reserve Fund (CRF)

Seattle Department of Transportation

Contact your Neighborhood District Coordinator or call 684-0464 to request contact information

Annually


Proposals are due in March

 

 

(see website for specific dates)

$1 million available citywide primarily for maintenance/ repair.

$220,000
of this is earmarked for new transportation-related construction

Maintenance projects can only be used to implement neighborhood plans.

New construction is not limited to neighborhood plan items.

CRF can be used for street/sidewalk and parks maintenance.

Refer to recent CRF letter and packet for details.

Repaired sidewalk on 1600-1800 block of Broadway. Installed sidewalks, planting strip, curbing, parking at 4 th Ave S from S Michigan St to S Dawson St .

South Park Playground Tennis Court Drainage Renovation – tree roots removed that were clogging the drains

Public-Private Paving Partnerships (PPPP)

Seattle Department of Transportation

Charles Bookman
(206) 233-0044

Link to Application

Ongoing

 

SDOT implements about 4 of these projects per year

(see website for specific dates)

Project cannot exceed $70,000. Work
must be performed by city forces.

Varies depending on the project;
focus is local industrial streets and sidewalks.

Street paving 600 S Charlestown

Repair 19 th Avenue East sidewalk by St. Joseph school

Sidewalk on 4 th Avenue at Virginia