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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Mayor Awards $240,000 to 19 Seattle Neighborhood Projects

3/19/2008  3:10:00 PM
Peter McGraw, (206) 615-0950

Mayor Awards $240,000 to 19 Seattle Neighborhood Projects
Event recognizing community building also teaches people how to write grants, get involved

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels today announced 19 neighborhood projects that will receive more than $240,000 in matching funds from the Department of Neighborhoods. The money will support projects across the city, covering subjects as diverse as public art, race and social justice, youth-development, and climate protection.

“These awards recognize our neighborhoods’ commitment and creativity in tackling a wide range of challenges, from protecting our climate to opening the doors of opportunity for our children,” Nickels said. “These projects will truly make a difference in people’s lives.”

Four times a year, Small and Simple Project Fund Awards are given to groups committed to building a better community. The funding is matched by locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor. The awards range from $1,250 to $15,000. Communities will match the city’s $240,255 contribution with resources valued at $297,915.

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

Department of Neighborhoods Director, Stella Chao said, “This funding cycle has so many exciting and inspirational projects that highlight the energy that community members have, and how much they care for their neighborhoods. I encourage everyone to take a look at these project descriptions and think about how we can partner on more projects that make a difference. We continue to prove that we are a City of Neighborhoods!”

Tonight at Northgate Elementary School, 11725 -1st Ave NE from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM find out how you can become more involved, and start a project in your community. Two workshops will be conducted on site, one in English and the other in Spanish.

The Department of Neighborhoods’ Matching Fund is in its 20th year of providing community building excellence throughout Seattle. Since its inception in 1988, thousands of community projects have strengthen communities, and neighborhoods. Please contact Mai Nguyen, Neighborhood Matching Fund Program Manager at 206-684-0359 for more information.

Read the 2008 Small and Simple Project Fund Awards List (PDF format)

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