Neighborhood Matching Fund

In 1988, the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) was created to provide matching dollars for neighborhood improvement, organizing, or projects developed and implemented by community members. Central to NMF is the community match which requires awardees to match their award with contributions from the community whether as volunteer time, donated materials, donated professional services, or cash.  

Since NMF's creation, more than 5,000 community projects throughout Seattle have received over $64 million in funding and generated an additional $72 million from community match.

Who We Fund

Neighborhood groups, community organizations, informal groups, and business groups who want to do a project to build stronger community connections are encouraged to apply.

All applicant groups must be open and inclusive, actively engage diverse community members, and be significantly composed of people who live and/or work in Seattle.

What We Fund

We fund a variety of unique and creative community projects. To be eligible for funding, a project must:

  • involve community members in creating and completing the project; 
  • create community improvements;
  • be free and open to all members of the public;
  • be feasible and ready to begin within 1-2 months from the award date;
  • demonstrate community match;
  • occur within the Seattle city limits;
  • not have received NMF funding within the last two years. (applies only to events)

Informational Workshops

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting three virtual workshops to assist community organizations and neighborhood groups interested in getting funding for their ideas. RSVP for a workshop (coming soon).

Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop #1 – July 23, 10:00 to 11:30am on WebEx

Join from the meeting link:
https://seattle.webex.com/seattle/j.php?MTID=m0ee0b2401c8aa12ac473b7e2cc78cfa3

Join by phone:
+1 (206) 207-1700 United States Toll (Seattle) 
Meeting number (access code): 2480 141 0255

Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop #2 – Aug 9, 10:00 to 11:30am on WebEx

Join from the meeting link:
https://seattle.webex.com/seattle/j.php?MTID=mae4d0f80788e395f7dc3862dd42dc4e6

Join by phone:
+1 (206) 207-1700 United States Toll (Seattle) 
Meeting number (access code): 2495 781 6403

Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop #3 – Aug 24, 6:00 to 7:30pm on WebEx

Join from the meeting link:
https://seattle.webex.com/seattle/j.php?MTID=m9ddedb805a75b6263d26ed585da39004

Join by phone:
+1 (206) 207-1700 United States Toll (Seattle) 
Meeting number (access code): 2493 304 8882

Types of Funding

Small Sparks Fund Community Partnership Fund
Awards Up to $5,000 Up to $50,000
Application
Deadlines

Applications available on a rolling
basis January 28, 2022 through
October 31, 2022.

2022 Round One
January 28, 2022 - application open
March 28, 2022, 11:59pm- application deadline

2022 Round Two
July 12, 2022 - application open
September 12, 2022, 11:59pm - application deadline

 

Notice of Decisions Within four weeks Within six weeks
Contracts
with City
Within four weeks from award notification date Within five weeks from award notification date