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Cultural Facilities

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Description Awards one-time funding to Seattle arts, heritage, and cultural organizations, plus arts service organizations for cultural facility projects
Application Opens June 22, 2015
Deadline September 4,2015
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 and Culture
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

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 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

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, 2015
Deadline End of October, 2015
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

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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, 2015
Fall cycle: October 1, 2015
Deadline Spring cycle: April 30, 2015
Fall cycle: October 30, 2015
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