The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) is partnering with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON), and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture (OAC) to make approximately $1,400,000 available for the Only in Seattle Initiative in 2017. The Initiative provides grant funding and staff support to foster inclusive neighborhood business districts that allow small businesses to grow and flourish. The Initiative focuses on supporting small businesses and property owners to organize around a common vision for their district and attract investment. Funding for projects or staff will enhance the ability for small businesses that reflect the unique character of the neighborhoods where they are located to contribute positively to the city's economic health. Below you will find application links and documents needed for the 2017 Only in Seattle Initiative RFA.
Applications are due on 11:59 pm PST on Monday, October 31, 2016 via the grant system (link below). Late applications and paper copies will not be accepted.
START HERE. If you are new to the Only in Seattle Initiative or want to learn about the new elements in this year’s RFA, read the Program Description. It will make completing the RFA much easier.
Download the PDF version or Word versions of the application to review it as a whole and begin drafting your responses. Writing down your application in Word first is a best practice to save you from losing data if the system crashes.
Download and review these documents that can be attached to your application. These documents will help you complete your application, but not all are required.
The Frequently Asked Questions should help you through the grant application. We’re always a phone call or email away to help you with your question, but, just in case, check out the list of FAQs and Helpful Tips along the way.
*Please create a new user account to begin the application and choose the profile type, "organization" in the account creation page.
Are you considering applying and have questions? Having trouble creating an account? Contact the Only in Seattle team for individual technical assistance. Or sign up for office hours at the links below.
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The Only in Seattle Initiative is based on 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 and Retail Development
Clean and Safe
Marketing and Promotion
Appearance and Pedestrian Environment
City of Seattle Funding
Private Funders (a few examples)
King County Funders
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