Funding Sources

If your project does not qualify for funding through SDOT Traffic Operations, there are other funding sources for you to consider. One of those is Your Voice, Your Choice, formerly called the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF).

Neighborhood Matching Fund

This program provides matching dollars for neighborhood improvement, organizing, or projects that are developed and implemented by community members. Core to the fund is the community match, which requires awardees to match their award with contributions from the community (volunteer time, donated materials, donated professional services or cash). There are two funds within the NMF program. The Small Sparks Fund, which awards up to $5,000 and the Community Partnership Fund, which awards up to $100,000. For complex or neighborhood-wide traffic calming concerns, communities can use this program to hire a traffic consultant to complete a traffic study and offer low-cost options. Once the community develops a concept that is acceptable to them and to SDOT, we would help identify potential implementation funds. For more information on this program, please visit: http://www.seattle. gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/neighborhood-matching-fund.  

Your Voice, Your Choice

This program is a participatory budgeting initiative in which Seattle residents democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City's budget on small-scale park and street improvements. Project ideas are submitted at the beginning of each year. Ideas are then reviewed by members of the community with input from SDOT and narrowed down by district. Following review, community members vote on their favorite projects in each district. The projects with the top votes are then built into the City's budget and implemented the following year. From start to finish, this process takes roughly two years. The small-scale physical improvement projects must be under $90K. Example projects include crosswalks, medians, flashing beacons, traffic calming circles, curb bulbs, sidewalk repair, curb ramps, park benches, trail improvements etc. For more information on this program, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/your-voice-your-choice.