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4/22/2010  
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Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Award recipients chosen
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods funds neighborhood groups for community building and involvement

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is pleased to announce the first round 2010 Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Awardees. Recipients of the award will receive up to $20,000 in funding to improve their neighborhoods and communities through various projects. This round's award recipients will use funding to train youth in violence alternatives, engage at-risk and under-served students through mural creation, create safer bike circulation systems, and much more.

Small and Simple Projects Fund activities may be physical projects, as well as less tangible but equally significant educational, cultural, and relationship-strengthening activities. The overall goal of the projects is to build stronger and healthier communities through participation centered on a neighborhood.

"Partnerships between city and community are more important than ever in this economy. The Neighborhood Matching Fund program continues to support the many projects that are so valuable to the communities in Seattle. This is a very powerful collaboration between the City and community that we hope continues to grow" said Stella Chao, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Director.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) program was created in 1988. All projects are initiated, planned and implemented by community members in partnership with the City. Every award is matched by neighborhoods' or communities' resources of volunteer labor, donated materials, donated professional services or cash. Since the program was created 22 years ago, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has awarded over $42 million with a community match of more than $64 million. Projects have involved a total of nearly 65,000 volunteers who have donated over 400,000 work hours.

The last round of applications accepted for Small and Simple funds is due on July 12, 2010. To apply or learn more about the funds, visit http://seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods provides programs and service that engage residents in civic participation, foster stronger communities, make government more accessible, and preserve and enhance the character of Seattle's neighborhoods.

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