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 six virtual workshops in 2023 to assist community organizations and neighborhood groups interested in getting funding for their ideas. RSVP for a workshop (coming soon).

Watch a Workshop video

Community Partnership Fund 2023 Workshop #1 – January 11, 6-7:30pm on WebEx

Join from the meeting link:
https://seattle.webex.com/seattle/j.php?MTID=m03f111ec873008f9095a35ce757f588b

Join by phone:
+1 (206) 207-1700 United States Toll (Seattle) 
Meeting number (access code): 2481 398 7442

Community Partnership Fund 2023 Workshop #2 – January 18, 10:00 to 11:30am on WebEx

Join from the meeting link:
https://seattle.webex.com/seattle/j.php?MTID=m7a8114ffc2a165b855d09d64ca986ab9

Join by phone:
+1 (206) 207-1700 United States Toll (Seattle) 
Meeting number (access code): 2496 992 1889

Community Partnership Fund 2023 Workshop #3 – February 8, 10:00 to 11:30am on WebEx

Join from the meeting link:
https://seattle.webex.com/seattle/j.php?MTID=m66ded9b46898db7cc640224b0ce5f2e7

Join by phone:
+1 (206) 207-1700 United States Toll (Seattle) 
Meeting number (access code): 2493 906 9839

Community Partnership Fund 2023 Workshop #4 – July 13, 6-7:30pm on WebEx

Join from the meeting link:
https://seattle.webex.com/seattle/j.php?MTID=m168879d99970f560d4515ed9de7ba4cd

Join by phone:
+1 (206) 207-1700 United States Toll (Seattle) 
Meeting number (access code): 2487 603 5952

Community Partnership Fund 2023 Workshop #5 – July 29, 10:00 to 11:30am on WebEx

Join from the meeting link:
https://seattle.webex.com/seattle/j.php?MTID=m2468066b022c92311692bcf17f5a63cc

Join by phone:
+1 (206) 207-1700 United States Toll (Seattle) 
Meeting number (access code): 2490 855 1801

Community Partnership Fund 2023 Workshop #6 – August 9, 10:00 to 11:30am on WebEx

Join from the meeting link:
https://seattle.webex.com/seattle/j.php?MTID=m5d02213c09f71c3f34a81f0ff27c36e1

Join by phone:
+1 (206) 207-1700 United States Toll (Seattle) 
Meeting number (access code): 2499 538 1216

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 9, 2023 through
October 31, 2023.

2023 Round One
January 9, 2023 - application open
March 13, 2023, 11:59pm - application deadline

2023 Round Two
July 11, 2023 - application open
September 11, 2023, 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