The Only in Seattle Initiative is based a set of core building blocks that are the critical components of any successful district. Business districts benefit most from comprehensive approaches that work simultaneously in the following strategy areas:

  • Business Organization - Neighborhood organizations, residents, property owners and business owners collaborate and work together toward a common vision for the neighborhood.
  • Business and Retail Development - Businesses prosper because they are organized, supported by the community, and they receive the assistance they need to strengthen and grow their business. New businesses move into the district that complement and improve the business mix.
  • Clean and Safe - The district is clean and customers feel safe and welcome.
  • Marketing and Promotion - The district has a positive, consistent image that helps draw more customers to visit it.
  • Appearance and Pedestrian Environment - The retail and pedestrian environment are attractive, inviting and easily accessible by multiple modes of transportation. Catalyst real estate projects rehabilitate or replace vacant or underutilized spaces, generating a sense of forward momentum and improvement in the district.

neighborhood photoFor more details about the program, see Program Information.

Check out The Only in Seattle Initiative: A Retrospective and Vision.

OED has an annual application process to select new neighborhoods to be part of the initiative.  Follow the links shown below to find out more.

For additional information, contact:
Theresa Barreras

2015 Only in Seattle Initiative Request for Proposals (RFP)

Below you will find the documents for the 2015 Only in Seattle Initiative RFP. 

Please submit all final applications through the online platform. Paper copies will not be accepted. 

Please review the Program Description document below before starting your application. 
2015 Only in Seattle Initiative RFP Program Description 

Paper copy of the 2015 application
2015 Only in Seattle Initiative Application (Click to download the Microsoft Word version

Supplemental Documents and FAQs
2015 Tier 1 Budget Template 
2015 Action Plan Template 
2015 Only in Seattle Initiative RFP Appendix A 
Frequently Asked Questions 

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*Please create a new user account to begin the application and choose the profile type, "organization" in the account creation page. 

If you are having trouble creating an account, please contact Theresa Barreras at or 206-684-4505.

Other Funding Opportunities

City of Seattle Funding

Private Funders (a few examples)

  • Impact Capital provides real estate financing products and community building support to non-profit community-based organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
  • Seattle Foundation supports organizations by making capital, equipment and operating support grants to increase organizations' capacities to serve their constituents.
  • Starbucks Foundation
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.

King County Funders

Grant Writing and Grant Research Guides and Resources

Past Only in Seattle Initiative Awardees

View a list of the 2014 award winners 
View a list of the 2013 award winners