Neighborhood Matching Fund serves as catalyst for community engagement
Community report highlights 400 community projects funded in 2009 and 2010
April 21, 2011(Seattle, WA) - The Neighborhood Matching Fund, a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, has released its 2009-2010 report to the community. The annual report can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/documents/NMF-AnnualReport-2009-2010final.pdf.
This report highlights the more than 400 community projects that have received nearly $5 million through the Neighborhood Matching Fund's three funding programs: Small Sparks, Small and Simple Projects Fund, and the Large Projects Fund. Along with facts about the overall program and the list of projects funded over the past two years, this report provides stories on a few of the recently-funded projects. These stories showcase the diversity of activities, events and projects that the Neighborhood Matching Fund supports in its work to help facilitate, enrich, and engage community.
What is most impressive about the impact of the Neighborhood Matching Fund is the community involvement. In these two years alone, a total of more than 13,000 volunteers contributed nearly 80,000 hours to these projects; and nearly $6 million is being matched by the community.
Since the program was created 23 years ago, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has awarded nearly $47 million to support 3,900 community projects with a community match of more than $68 million. Projects involved a total of 85,000 community volunteers who have donated more than 566,000 work hours.
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