Neighborhood Matching Fund

Applications are now open for the Fall cycle of our Community Partnership Fund, which provides up to $50,000 to support community-building projects in Seattle's neighborhoods. Application deadline is September 15, 2020. Our Small Sparks fund is currently on pause until further notice. 

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)

Attend a Workshop

Workshop dates are below. RSVP here.
 
July 28, 2020, 10-11:30am

Join Online: https://bit.ly/NMF_2020-07-28
Join by phone:
+1-206-207-1700 United States Toll (Seattle)
+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll
Access code: 146 172 0458


August 5, 2020, 6-7:30pm

Join Online: https://bit.ly/NMF_2020-08-05
Join by phone:
+1-206-207-1700 United States Toll (Seattle)
+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll
Access code: 146 553 9751

August 15, 2020, 10-11:30am

Join Online: https://bit.ly/NMF_2020-08-15
Join by phone:
+1-206-207-1700 United States Toll (Seattle)
+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll
Access code: 146 182 0877

Unable to attend a workshop? Watch this video recording of our July 28, 2020 workshop:

Types of Funding

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

not accepting applications at this time

September 15, 2020
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