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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Mayor Awards Nearly $250,000 to 21 Seattle Neighborhood Projects

12/6/2006  2:00:00 PM

Mayor Awards Nearly $250,000 to
21 Seattle Neighborhood Projects

Amount is matched by $278,201 from community groups

SEATTLE – Mayor Nickels announced funding for 21 different neighborhood projects through the Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund. This season’s award recipients will include projects from all over the city covering subjects as diverse as public art, race and social justice, youth-development, and environmental protection.

Four times a year, Small and Simple Project Fund Awards are given to groups committed to building a better community by matching public funds with locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor. The 21 awards totaling $247,839 in city funding range from $1,332 to $15,000. In addition to the city’s contributions, communities will match the amount with resources valued at $278,201.

“These projects demonstrate the commitment people in Seattle have for their communities,” Nickels said. “Through these efforts, we have reached out to underrepresented communities, made streets safer, provided playgrounds, and created art in public spaces. I’m looking forward to seeing these projects when they’re done.”

Councilmember Sally Clark, chair of the Economic Development and Neighborhoods Committee, added, “Seattle is a city of great neighborhoods because our citizens choose to make a difference in the places where they live. It is both the city’s responsibility and honor to support the work of these civic leaders who are investing in their communities.”

Bernie Matsuno, Acting Director of Neighborhoods, said, “I am very proud that the Matching Fund continues to provide people wonderful opportunities to become involved in creating projects that build community in their neighborhoods.”

The Small and Simple Projects Fund is one of four components of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, and provides up to $15,000 to support community-driven projects. Seattle neighborhoods have completed more than 3100 projects during the past18 years with the Neighborhood Matching Fund.

View a list of award recipients - Acrobat PDF 25 kb

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