Only in Seattle Grants

The Office of Economic Development's Only in Seattle Initiative strives to build a racially equitable and vibrant city by fostering neighborhood business districts that are centers of local commerce, community, and culture. By supporting community members to build partnerships, unite around a common vision, and take action, we enable districts to achieve neighborhood economic development priorities. 

From business coaching, community festivals, and litter cleanup, to murals, outreach and real estate development, Seattle's neighborhood business districts have used Only in Seattle to tackle tough issues, attract new investment, and care for their communities.      

Learn about the Only in Seattle Initiative and Explore Business District Wins for highlights of the Initiative at work in Seattle's business districts.

Only in Seattle Request for Applications

The Only in Seattle Initiative is a partnership between OED, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON). Approximately $1,300,000 is available (contingent upon federal and City funding allocations) for district grants and services that accomplish goals in the five strategy areas.  Please sign up for the Only in Seattle newsletter to get the latest information and contact us if you have any further questions or want to apply for the upcoming funding round.  

The application is available on September 24, 2019 at 9 am. Applications are due on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 5:00 pm PST via the online grant application (link below). Late applications and paper copies will not be accepted.  Only districts that are not currently receiving Only in Seattle funding and would like to apply for the program need to complete the application.   

Follow these steps to complete your application. 

  1. Review the Only in Seattle Initiative Program Description. 
    If you are new to the Only in Seattle Initiative or want to learn about the new elements in this year's application, read the Program Description. It will help you understand the Only in Seattle program, how it works and what we will fund.  
  2. Download and read the Application Instructions.
    Download the document titled Only in Seattle Application Instructions. Read the application questions and instructions and gather any information you need to answer the questions in advance of starting the application.  
  3. Read the FAQs . 
    While we're always a phone call or email away to help you with your questions, many answers can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist you in your grant application. 
  4. Write the answers to the Application in a separate document.
    We recommend writing your responses in a separate document first, so you can work on it over time and have a backup copy. Please note, the Application Instruction document is provided only for review and preparation purposes - all applications must be submitted through our online application (link below).  
  5. Start your application.
    You must complete and submit the application survey all at once. You are not able to save it online and submit it later.  When you are ready to begin your application, click the Application button below.  


Are you considering applying and have questions? Contact the Only in Seattle team to get help, or attend an info session:


Attend one or both of the upcoming public information sessions hosted by the Only in Seattle team to learn more about changes to the program and the 2020 Request for Applications. OIS staff will be on hand to present a general overview of the program and details about this year's application, as well as answer any questions.  There will be 2 events held at Seattle Municipal Tower, 57th floor.  The first is 1:30 -3:00 pm on September 27th and the second on October 2nd 4:00 - 5:00 pm. 

Friday, 9/27 at 1:30 - 3:00 pm RSVP here
Thursday 10/2 at 4:00 - 5:00 pm RSVP here 
Located at: 57th floor of Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104. 

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Business Districts
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Business Districts
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