Community Building & Organizing Funds

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Neighborhood and Community Arts (NCA)

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Description Supports groups producing recurring festivals or events that promote arts and cultural participation, build community, and enhance the visibility of neighborhoods through arts and culture. $1,200 awards.
Application Opens August 19, 2014
Deadline October 22, 2014
Eligibility Neighborhood arts councils and neighborhood groups
Funded By Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
Project Examples Arts festivals
Cultural celebrations
Music festivals
Film Festivals

Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Projects Fund

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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 Public art
Sculptures

Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Projects Fund

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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 Tile mosaics
Murals

Neighborhood Matching Fund Small Sparks Fund

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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.
Deadline None - applications accepted year-round
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 Cultural festivals
Cross-cultural sharing

Only in Seattle

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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

Structural Racism Technical Assistance

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Description

Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide technical assistance to Seattle's network of human services agencies to build their capacity to address structural racism. $61,380 in 2014.
Application Opens February 7, 2014
Deadline Friday, March 21, 2014. Please note: all potential proposers are required to make preliminary presentations at a symposium on February 28, 2014.
Eligibility Both individual human service agencies and coalitions of agencies may seek these technical assistance funds on behalf of their constituents to begin to collectively address structural racism in their respective areas
Funded By Seattle Office for Civil Rights / Race and Social Justice Initiative
Project Examples Process to recruit students for special programs that mirror the community.
Train organizations about racial equity and strategies to achieve it.
Train educators to be more aware of biases about race, and address structural racism.

Technology Matching Fund (TMF)

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Description

Awards up to $20,000 in matching funds to community projects which increase resident access to information technology, increase literacy in using technology, and/or apply technology to foster civic engagement and community building.
Deadline Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Workshops will be held January 30 and February 4.
Eligibility
  • Nonprofit organizations located in Seattle serving Seattle residents
  • Ad-hoc groups of residents formed to work on specific projects
  • Community councils, neighborhood associations, or groups of businesses that draws their memberships from a commonly recognized geographic neighborhoods
  • Community-based organizations with a majority of its members residing or operating in Seattle and who seek to improve the quality of life for a particular community
Funded By Department of Information Technology Community Technology Program
Project Examples Mobile digital photography lab for low -income youth
Video production training for girls in the Juvenile justice system
Graphic design skills classes for youth