Large Projects Fund

What is the Large Projects Fund?

The Large Projects Fund (LPF) provides awards up to $100,000 to support community members in building community relationships around a project. Large Projects Fund activities may be physical projects as well as less tangible but equally significant educational, cultural, and relationship-strengthening activities. All projects must demonstrate its capacity to build a stronger and healthier community, and must:

  • Provide a public benefit and be free and open to all members of the public.
  • Emphasize self-help, with project ideas initiated, planned and implemented by the neighbors and community members who will themselves be impacted by the project.
  • Demonstrate community match.
  • Occur within the Seattle city limits.

Who Should Apply

The Large Projects Fund is open to:

  • Neighborhood-based groups, community-based organizations, ad-hoc groups and business groups (such as chambers of commerce) who want to do a project to build stronger connections in their neighborhood. LPF applicants and projects must be based in a specific neighborhood.

How to Apply

Before applying, carefully review the guidelines. Attendance at one of five mandatory workshops is required in order for an application to be considered. Once a workshop has been attended, you can apply for the Large Projects Fund online. Learn how to Get Started!

Application Screening

All LPF applications are screened by city staff to determine if the minimum requirements have been met. Applications that meet the requirements will continue through the following LPF review process. 

Review Process

All LPF applications are reviewed and rated by members of the Citywide Review Team (CRT) and your District Council Review Team (DCRT). Scores from each review team account for 50% of the total application score. The DCRT provides their scores to the CRT, but the CRT makes the final award recommendations.  As part of the review process, applicants participate in an assigned LPF Open House where they will make a presentation to both the Citywide Review Team (CRT) and their District Council Review Team (DCRT).

  • The Citywide Review Team is comprised of up to 17 community members - one selected by each of the 13 District Councils and four at-large community members selected by NMF staff. CRT members review all the LPF applications.
  • The District Council Review Team is comprised of 3-5 members of each individual District Council who review only applications from their respective district.

Award Recommendations Approval Process

DON informs the applicants of the CRT award recommendations. Applicants have 10 calendar days to file an appeal to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the CNC. Appeals can only be based on the review process and not the award decision.  CRT submits final award recommendations to CNC Council for review. Upon CNC approval, recommendations are submitted to the Mayor. The Mayor's final award recommendations are submitted to Seattle City Council for review and vote.

Award Notification

Applicants are notified of award decision within three months of the full proposal deadline.


For more information about the Large Projects Fund, contact a Neighborhood Matching Fund project manager.