Environment Funds

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Community Climate Project

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Description Provides up to $10,000 to grassroots organizations for projects that engage residents in reducing climate change. Projects must address household choices in one of the following areas: Home Energy Use, Getting Around, Food Choices, Buying Stuff, and Waste.

Deadline April 22, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Eligibility Formal and informal groups

Funded By Office of Sustainability & Environment

King Conservation District - Seattle Community Partnerships Grants

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Description Supports projects that achieve the King Conservation District and city priorities for natural resource improvement. This grant program is highly competitive for approximately $370,000 available each year. The program is intended to fund multiple, small projects.

The KCD manages the application, awards, and grants. As part of the process, the City of Seattle, through Seattle Public Utilities, makes a recommendation to the KCD about which projects should be funded within Seattle. KCD encourages projects with private landowners. Matching funds are desirable.

KCD grant focus:

  • Direct improvement of natural resource conditions (approximately 50%)
  • Education and outreach (approximately 30%)
  • Pilot and demonstration projects (approximately 10%)
  • Capacity building to implement best management practices and deliver actions on the ground (approximately 10%)
2015 application materials will be available on the KCD website in March. Past project information is available now on the website or call Jessica Saavedra 425-282-1906 for more information: http://www.kingcd.org/pro_gra.htm
Letter of Intent Due April 24, 2015
Grant Deadline June 15, 2015
Eligibility Government agencies, tribes and non-profit organizations
Funded By Per parcel rates and changes paid by Seattle property owners for the King Conservation District
Project Examples Creek, wetland, lake, river and shoreline restoration
Site stewardship
Educational and behavior change activities that encourage stewardship and conservation efforts

Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Projects Fund

The Large Projects Fund (LPF), which awards up to $100,000 per project, is open to applications once a year. The deadline is May 4, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. It is mandatory for interested community groups to attend one of the six LPF workshops offered before applying. The workshops are as follows:

  • Tuesday, February 10; 6 – 8 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE – Multipurpose Room
  • Thursday, February 19; 6 – 8 p.m. at Casa Latina 317 17th Ave S – Worker’s Center
  • Tuesday, March 10; 6 – 8 p.m. at High Point Community Center, 6420 34th Ave SW –Multipurpose Room
  • Thursday, March 18; 6 – 8 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE – Multipurpose Room
  • Wednesday, April 1; 6 – 8 p.m. at Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry St. –
    Multipurpose Room
  • Thursday, April 9; 6 – 8 p.m.at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S – Room 106

Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Projects Fund

The Small and Simple Projects Fund, which provides awards of up to $25,000, has three opportunities to apply. Deadlines for applications are February 2, June 1, and October 5, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. For those interested in applying in February, NMF staff is hosting workshops about the guidelines and application process. The dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, January 8; 6 – 8 p.m. at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S – Room 309
  • Wednesday, January 14; 6 – 8 p.m. at Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N – Room 3

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

Neighborhood Park and Street Fund

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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 9, 2015 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

Small Climate Project Fund

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Description Provides up to $500 to support climate focused special events or education and outreach initiatives. Existing events are not eligible.
Deadline Applications accepted year-round

Eligibility Formal and informal groups with an annual budget of less than $25,000 a year.
Funded By Office of Sustainability & Environment

Trees for Neighborhoods

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Description Provides free trees, watering bags, planting workshops, and ongoing care support to Seattle residents wishing to plant trees around their homes, both in yards and as street trees. Limit 4 trees per household. This effort is to increase tree cover in the city from 23% to 30% by 2037.
Deadline Application opens in early August.  Applications filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply early.
Eligibility Seattle residents planting on residential property in Seattle.
Funded By Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light
Project Examples Neighborhood street tree plantings and private backyard plantings