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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Mayor Awards More Than $1.4 M to 18 Seattle Neighborhood Projects

7/15/2005  2:00:00 PM

Mayor Awards More Than $1.4 M to
18 Seattle Neighborhood Projects
Grants include pocket parks, a Japanese community center and a senior center

SEATTLE — Mayor Nickels unveiled new funding awards recommendations for 18 different neighborhood projects throughout the city.

“This is a great set of projects,” said Nickels. “Seattle has unique neighborhoods and passionate neighbors, and I’m glad we can add fuel to their fire. These projects will benefit the communities—and the city—for years.”

Each year, Department of Neighborhoods Large Project Fund Awards are awarded to groups committed to building a better community by matching the public funds with locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor. These recommendations will be forwarded to the City Council for approval.

Award recipients and community members will join Mayor Nickels, Seattle City Council members, and Department of Neighborhoods Director Yvonne Sanchez at a awards ceremony at the Yesler Community Center on Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m.

This year’s recommended awards recipients will include projects from all over the city. The 18 awards range from $23,750 to $100,000 and total $1,463,876. In addition to the City’s contribution to the projects, the communities will match the City’s dollars with local resources valued at $2,744,897.

“I’m very proud that this year’s awards reflect our efforts to include groups that are new to community involvement in Seattle,” Sanchez said. “We’re expecting some great results from their work.”

The Large Project Fund is one of four components of 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 2,500 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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Read a summary of the projects

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Department of Neighborhoods

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