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THE NEIGHBORHOOD MATCHING FUND
The Neighborhood Matching Fund is a great source of funding for
your district’s projects. If your project is approved, you will receive
a grant that matches the value of your group’s contributions in volunteer
time, cash, material donations or professional services. Depending on the type
of project, your contributions are valued and “matched” 1:2 or
1:1. Projects funded by the Neighborhood Matching Fund are selected through
a competitive process and must benefit the community. There are two matching
- The Small and Simple Projects Fund is for relatively small projects,
not to exceed $15,000 in “match” from the Department of Neighborhoods.
Small and Simple project applications are accepted four times during the
year and the project must be completed in 6 months.
- The Large Projects Fund funds projects from $15,000 to $100,000
that can be completed in 12 months. Prior to submitting an application,
the group submits a Letter of Intent to Apply, followed by the actual application
two months later. Once the applications are submitted, they are reviewed
by the appropriate District Council, as well as the Citywide Review Team
(CRT). The CRT forwards its funding recommendations to the Mayor and City
Council for approval. Awarded funds become available once the organization
signs a contract with the City to undertake the project.
Frequently asked questions:
Where can I get more information about this program?
Call Department of Neighborhoods at 206-684-0464 and ask for the Neighborhood
Matching Fund staff person assigned to your area. He or she can answer questions
and provide application materials. Also read the program website: http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/ .
Who approves the applications?
Department of Neighborhoods staff approves the Small and Simple Projects
Fund awards. The Large Projects Fund applications are reviewed by the appropriate
District Council and a volunteer group—Citywide Review Team—who
rate all Neighborhood Matching Fund applications and recommend projects for
funding to the Mayor and City Council.
Benefits and challenges of the Neighborhood Matching Fund:
- Provides cash to get projects accomplished. The money can be used to
hire professionals or to buy supplies and equipment.
- Increases a project’s validity, since it is reviewed by City staff
and approved, in the case of the Large Projects Fund, by the Mayor and
- Can be difficult to buy equipment or pay staff because the City only
pays after being invoiced. Hiring a fiscal agent may alleviate problems
with money flow.
- Timing can vary between the initial application and a signed contract.
The length of the review process and signing of a contract varies depending
on the fund. For the Small and Simple Projects Fund, a group could be
under contract about 2½ months after applying; 6 months for the
Large Projects Fund.
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