Only in Seattle Grants

Only in Seattle Initiative

The Only in Seattle Initiative provides grant funding and staff support to foster inclusive neighborhood business districts that allow small businesses to thrive. The Initiative focuses on supporting small businesses and property owners to organize around a common vision for their district and attract investment. From new crosswalks, murals, and lighting improvements, to business coaching, community festivals, and litter cleanup, Seattle's business districts have used Only in Seattle resources to put their vision into action.

Only in Seattle is based on this set of core building blocks that are essential to any successful business district:

Business Organization

Neighborhood organizations, residents, property owners and business owners collaborate and work together toward a common vision for the neighborhood.

Business 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 Events

The district has a positive, consistent image that helps draw more customers.


The physical environment of a commercial node is attractive, inviting and easily accessible by multiple modes of transportation. Real estate development involves community input and vision, and redevelopment helps to rehabilitate or replace vacant or underutilized spaces. Projects in this category generate a sense of forward momentum and improvement in the district.

Only in Seattle Request for Application (RFA)

The 2017 Only in Seattle Initiative RFA is now closed.

Stay tuned for our 2018 funding round in fall 2017. Please see 2017 information below and contact us if you have any further questions or want to apply for the upcoming funding round.

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The City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development is partnering with the Department of Transportation, Department of Neighborhoods, and Office of Arts and Culture to make approximately $1,400,000 available for the Only in Seattle Initiative in 2017.

Applications are due by 11:59 pm PST on Monday, October 31, 2016 via the grant system (link below). Late applications and paper copies will not be accepted.

Follow these steps to complete your application.

  1. Only in Seattle Initiative Program Description

    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. 

  2. Printable copy of the 2017 Only in Seattle Initiative RFA

    Download the PDF version or Word version of the application to review it as a whole and begin drafting your responses. We recommend filling out your application in Word first so you can save as you go. Please note, these documents are provided only for review and preparation purposes - all applications must be submitted through our online database ("Apply Now" button below).

  3. Supplemental Templates

    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.

  4. Frequently Asked Questions and Helpful Tips for Using the Grant System

    While we're always a phone call or email away to help you with your questions, many answers can be found in these Frequently Asked Questions and Helpful Tips to assist you in your grant application.

    *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 to get help:

Theresa Barreras
Heidi Hall
Mikel Davila
Phillip Sit