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Neighborhood Climate Protection Fund

What you can do to reduce global warming

When you make a small choice to be part of the solution to climate change, you make a big difference. But, when we all work together, we can make a HUGE difference. The City of Seattle's Neighborhood Matching Fund has money to support your community in making your local climate protection vision a reality!
For more information on Seattle Climate Action Now, visit:

Project Ideas

  • Conduct inventory of neighborhood resources available for sharing (tools, lawnmowers, etc)
  • Build a neighborhood kiosk with carpooling opportunities, service and goods exchanges and energy-saving tips
  • Create a neighborhood map with safe pedestrian and bike paths, local community amenities and neighborhood businesses
  • Organize a community Bike Ride or Bike-In Movie
  • Organize a community event centered on climate protection
  • Conduct a feasibility study of collecting discarded cooking oil and converting it to bio-diesel for fuel
  • Host skill-sharing workshops like: how to construct a home compost bin using donated materials
  • Weatherize a community building, host a workshop and share information on where to find energy efficiency and insulation resources
  • Make your annual community event carbon-neutral

Who is eligible for Funding?

  • Neighborhood-based organizations of residents or of businesses
  • Local, community -based organizations that advocate for the interests of people of color
  • Ad-hoc groups of neighbors who form a committee solely for the purpose of designing and carrying out a specific project

All applicant groups must have an open-membership policy and must actively seek involvement from area residents and/or businesses. Applicant organizations do NOT have to hold non-profit status with the IRS. Individuals, for-profit ventures, religious organizations, government agencies, political groups, district councils, universities, hospitals, newspapers, and non-local groups are not eligible.

When is the deadline?

The Neighborhood Matching Fund accepts funding applications in four rounds each calendar year.

Refer to the Small and Simple Projects Fund Due Dates for application deadlines.

Deadlines are firm. Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm on the date of the deadline.

How much funding may be requested?

Projects seeking funding under the Small and Simple program may request up to $15,000. These projects should be able to be completed in six months or less.

What is the application process?

The first step in the application process is to speak with a Neighborhood Matching Fund project manager to discuss your idea and learn more about the process! Call 206-684-0464 to set up an appointment or find out where and when the next technical assistance workshop is offered.

For general information about this or other community-building opportunities, or to download application guidelines and forms, please visit the Neighborhood Matching Fund web site:

Department of Neighborhoods Phone: (206) 684-0464
700 5th Avenue, Suite 1700 Fax: (206) 233-5142
PO Box 94649 TDD: (206) 684-0464
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

The NMF Climate Protection Fund is a core partner in the community-wide campaign to address climate change, Seattle Climate Action Now. The goal of Seattle Climate Action Now is to help Seattle residents take concrete action to reduce climate pollution. For additional information on this effort, including a partner and resource directory, community events calendar, and action planning tool, please visit:

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Neighborhood Matching Fund Guidelines

Small Sparks Fund
Year-round, rolling deadline

Small and Simple Projects Fund
January 11, 2010 and July 12, 2010 deadlines

Large Projects Fund
Letter of intent: February 8, 2010 deadline
Proposal: April 13, 2010 deadline

Tree Fund
August 16, 2010 deadline

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