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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

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, 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

Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) Community Matching Grant

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Description Provides matching funds of up to $25,000 for community-based projects to supplement existing Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) services to youth referred by one or more of the three SYVPI Neighborhood Networks (Central, Southeast and Southwest Seattle). SYVPI seeks innovative projects that engage, uplift, educate and support youth who are deemed at risk of perpetuating or being a victim of violence.
Deadline March 27, 4:30 pm
Eligibility Open to neighborhood-based groups, community-based organizations, ad-hoc groups and business groups (such as chambers of commerce).
Funded By Department of Education and Early Learning
Project Examples Music recording studio project
History and culture educational program on communities of color
Young authors' book project

Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) Youth Development Grants

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Description Provides funds of up to $5,000 for community-based projects to supplement existing Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) services to youth serving one or more of the three SYVPI Neighborhood Networks (Central, Southeast and Southwest Seattle). The SYVPI Neighborhood Networks, through the Youth Development Grant, seek small innovative projects that engage, uplift, educate and support youth who are deemed at risk of perpetuating or being a victim of violence.
Deadline Applications accepted year-round
Eligibility Open to neighborhood-based groups, community-based organizations, ad-hoc groups and business groups (such as chambers of commerce).
Funded By Department of Education and Early Learning
Project Examples Girls' leadership and empowerment group
All boys' math program
Media literacy and ethical decision-making instruction

Technology Matching Fund (TMF)

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Description

Awards up to $30,000 in matching funds to community projects which increase increase technology literacy, provide access to computers, the internet and other information technologies; and increase civic participation through the use of technology.
Deadline Thursday, March 19, 2015. Workshops will be held February 10th and 12th.
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 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 Basic technology skills training for low income and homeless families
After school robotics or STEM program to train youth of color
Computer lab upgrade for senior adults with Internet and Facebook training
Community building project using mobile devices and mapping tools

Work Readiness Arts Program (WRAP)

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Description Provides funding to support programs to partner with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) that train SYVPI youth in arts and work-readiness skills. Programs are led by professional teaching artists.
Application Opens February 18, 2014
Deadline April 9, 2014
Eligibility Arts and cultural organizations or youth service agencies.
Funded By Seattle Office of Arts and Culture in Partnership with SYVPI
Project Examples Performing arts academy where youth participate in different artistic, leadership, and technical positions that culminates in a final performance.
Youth create visual arts projects and learn how to market and promote their final exhibit to the public.
Youth write and record their own original music in a collaborative setting and distribute.

Youth Arts Program

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Description Supports out-of-school arts training for Seattle middle/high school teens led by experienced teaching artists in all art forms. Priority targets youth with limited to no access to arts and culture.
Application Opens December 13, 2013
Deadline February 4, 2014
Eligibility Individual artists, arts and cultural organizations, local colleges/universities or youth service agencies.
Funded By Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
Project Examples Modern dance after-school classes
Summer visual arts and curatorial training for high school students
Filmmaking lessons for disadvantaged youth