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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Mayor Nickels Awards $229,051 to Neighborhood Projects

9/1/2004  2:00:00 PM
Bernie Matsuno, Neighborhood Matching Fund Manager 684-0463

Mayor Nickels Awards $229,051 to Neighborhood Projects
20 outstanding "small and simple" projects receive funding

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels announced yesterday that twenty neighborhood projects will receive matching grants from the Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund. Small and Simple Project Fund Awards are given several times a year to groups who match the public funds with locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor.

"Seattle is a city of great neighborhoods, and it’s great to be able to support these groups in their work," said Mayor Nickels. "Together we're building strong communities, and seeing great results."

Award recipients and community leaders from all over the city joined Mayor Nickels, members of the Seattle City Council, and Department of Neighborhoods Director Yvonne Sanchez at Langston Performing Arts Center for the awards ceremony Tuesday night. The 20 awards range from $1,800 to $15,000 and total $229,051. The communities will match the City's contribution with resources valued at $399,506. Projects vary according to need, but include park improvements, literacy programs, and street fairs.

"A lot of effort has gone into these projects, and it's a sign of real success when people come together to make their neighborhoods a better place for everyone," Sanchez said.

The Small and Simple Projects Fund is one of four components of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, and provides awards of up to $15,000 for community-driven projects that take up to six months 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.

For more information about the mayor's priorities, visit his web site at


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