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Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Mayor Nickels Awards $1,499,059 to 23 Seattle Neighborhood Projects

7/18/2007  6:30:00 AM
Peter McGraw, 206-615-0950

Mayor Nickels Awards $1,499,059 to 23 Seattle Neighborhood Projects

Community based projects are matched by almost $3M from neighborhood volunteers

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels unveiled new funding awards recommendations to 23 different neighborhood projects through the Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund. Each year, 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.

This year’s recommended awards recipients will include projects from all over the city. The 23 awards totaling $1,499,059 range from $27,750 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 $2,652,687.

Recommended award recipients and community members joined Mayor Nickels, Councilmember Sally Clark, and Neighborhoods Community Building Director, Bernie Matsuno at a ceremony for the award winners at Montlake Community Center.

“These award recommendations will put resources directly into the community,” Nickels said. “These awards help us to build strong families and healthy communities across our city. The projects show that people are willing to put the time, investment and commitment needed to make great neighborhoods even better.”

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, Community Building Division Director at Neighborhoods, added, “This year’s awards include great additions to our communities, such as habitat restorations, a new skate park in South Park, and playground improvements all over Seattle.”

The Large Projects 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 3200 projects in the last 19 years using as little as $100 and as much $100,000 from the Neighborhood Matching Fund.

View the 2007 Large Project Fund Award Recommendations (PDF format)

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