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Physical Improvements Funds

Cultural Facilities

Description The Cultural Facilities Funding Program is a new program to award one-time funding to Seattle arts, heritage and cultural organizations, plus arts service organizations. Funding is awarded for cultural facility projects.
Application Opens July 1, 2013
Deadline September 4, 2013
Eligibility Seattle arts, heritage and cultural organizations, plus arts service organizations with at least a three-year operating history as a legally established not-for-profit organization, who have control of the facility through ownership or a longer-term lease, and demonstrate a record of ongoing artistic or cultural accomplishments in Seattle.
Funded By Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Project Examples Creating a new gallery in a cultural facility
Installing a sprung dance floor for a new dance studio
Replacing a theater’s leaking roof
Fixing a museum’s broken central heating / cooling system

Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Projects Fund

Description Provides funds of up to $100,000 to support groups in building community relationships around a project. Projects must demonstrate a capacity to build a stronger and healthier community and:
  • Provide a public benefit and be free and open to the public.
  • Emphasize self-help, with project ideas initiated, planned and implemented by the community.
  • Demonstrate a community match of volunteer labor, donated professional services, donated materials, and/or cash.
Deadline

The deadline for applications is May 5, 2014.

Eligibility Open to neighborhood-based groups, community-based organizations, ad-hoc groups and business groups. Groups interested in applying must attend a mandatory workshop offered on the following dates: February 20, 25; March 20,25; and April 8 or 10.
Funded By Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Project Examples After school and summer activities
Technology and media program

Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Projects Fund

Description Provides funds of up to $25,000 to support groups in building community relationships around a project. Projects must demonstrate a capacity to build a stronger and healthier community and:
  • Provide a public benefit and be free and open to the public.
  • Emphasize self-help, with project ideas initiated, planned and implemented by the community
  • Demonstrate a community match of volunteer labor, donated professional services, donated materials, and/or cash.
Deadline

There are three opportunities to apply. Deadlines are February 3, June 2, or October 6, 2014 by 5 p.m. Free workshops are offered for each round.

Eligibility Open to neighborhood-based groups, community-based organizations, ad-hoc groups and business groups; or community groups that do not have a geographic base, such as an ethnic group, GLBT groups, disability community, etc.
Funded By Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Project Examples Tutoring programs
Cultural outreach and education

Neighborhood Matching Fund Small Sparks Fund

Deadline None – applications accepted year-round
Description Provides funds of up to $1000 to support community members in becoming civically engaged. Projects must demonstrate a capacity to build a stronger and healthier community and:
  • Provide a public benefit and be free and open to the public.
  • Emphasize self-help, with project ideas initiated, planned and implemented by the community.
  • Demonstrate a community match of volunteer labor, donated professional services or materials, and/or cash.
Eligibility Open to neighborhood and grassroots community groups with annual organizational budgets of less than $25,000.
Funded By Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Project Examples Leadership development
Youth-focused events

Neighborhood Park and Street Fund

Description Funds used for small-scale improvements (up to $90,000) to neighborhood streets and parks that are proposed by the community. Project proposals are vetted by District Councils, along with either Seattle Parks or Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). Based on the project, the improvement is completed by the appropriate department.
Deadline February 3, 2014 by 5 p.m.
Eligibility Individuals or neighborhood groups
Funded By Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Project Examples Sidewalk repair
Park walkways
ADA path improvement
Installation of park amenities (ex. benches, picnic tables)
Curb bulbs or other pedestrian improvements
Traffic calming

Only In Seattle

Description

Empowers neighborhood business districts to organize around a common vision and attract investment. It provides district leaders with funding and support to harness their collective strengths, decide on joint action, and make changes to improve their districts. Grants range from $10,000 to $200,000. 

Application Opens Early October, 2014
Deadline End of October, 2014
Eligibility Neighborhood business districts: Local chamber of commerce, merchants association, community organization, or coalition of organizations and other business district stakeholders can apply on behalf of the district. The application should demonstrate that efforts in the district are coordinated among community stakeholders.
Funded By Office of Economic Development
Project Examples Consulting support to create a district action plan
Staff and project funding to implement an action plan
Façade or capital improvement projects in districts

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL MINI GRANT PROGRAM

Description Funds activities up to $1000 that support the overall goal of safety education and encouragement for walking and bicycling to school.
Application Opens Spring cycle: April 1, 2014
Fall cycle: October 1, 2014
Deadline Spring cycle: April 30, 2014
Fall cycle: October 31, 2014
Eligibility Public and private K-12 schools, PTAs, community groups, and other school-related nonprofit groups.
Funded By Seattle Department of Transportation
Project Examples Bike or Walk to School Day events
Student safety patrol
Pedestrian crossing flags
Intersection paintings

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