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What is the Community Match?

Core to NMF is the contribution of community match – volunteer labor, donated materials, professional services and/or cash from community members – that awardees must raise to match the City’s award. The amount and type of match must fit the needs of the project. Because these contributions show the level of community commitment to and investment in a project, a significant portion should come from the neighborhood or community itself.


  • Physical improvement projects (where something tangible and lasting, such as a playground or public art, is being created) require a 1:1 match (the community match must equal the funding request).

  • Non-physical projects (such as design, planning, events, etc.) require a ½:1 match (the community match must equal at least half of the funding request).

Funds and resources from other City of Seattle sources, including Parks Levy funding, Bridging the Gap funding and City staff services, cannot be counted as match.



Small Sparks Fund

Small and Simple Projects Fund
February 2, 2015
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October 5, 2015

Large Projects Fund
May 4, 2015

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