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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Mayor Nickels Awards $947,506 to Neighborhood Projects
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
7/21/2004  10:00:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
e-mail marianne.bichsel@seattle.gov


Mayor Nickels Awards $947,506 to
Neighborhood Projects

Eighteen "outstanding" projects recommended for funding

SEATTLE- Mayor Nickels today announced 18 neighborhood projects he is recommending receive Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Project awards. Each year neighborhood projects are awarded to groups committed to building a better community by matching the public funds with locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor. The mayor’s recommendations will be forwarded to the City Council for approval.

This year’s recommended awards recipients will include projects from all over the city. The 18 awards totaling $947,506 range from $15,000 to $100,000. In addition to the City’s contribution to the projects, the communities will "match" the City's dollars with local resources valued at $2,077,815. Award recipients and community members joined Mayor Nickels, members of the Seattle City Council, and Department of Neighborhoods Director, Yvonne Sanchez at a ceremony for the award winners at the Old Cooper School in the Delridge neighborhood in south Seattle.

"I'm very proud of today's award winners," said Nickels. "It shows the strong sense of community these groups have for their neighborhoods, and I look forward to seeing the results of these wonderful ideas put into action."

Yvonne Sanchez, Director of Neighborhoods, added, "Especially important to these neighborhood awards are the volunteer Citywide Review Team and the City Neighborhood Council members who spent countless hours on the award process, including reviewing and evaluating the many proposals. Without their participation this would not be possible."

The Large Projects fund is one of four pieces to the Neighborhood Matching Fund, and provides awards over $15,000 to support community driven projects that take up to one year to complete. Seattle neighborhoods have completed more than 2500 projects in the last 15 years using as little as $100 and as much $100,000 from the Neighborhood Matching Fund.

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