2017 Only in Seattle Initiative Request for Application (RFA)

The 2017 Only in Seattle Initiative RFA is now closed. Stay tuned for our 2018 funding round in fall 2017. Please see 2017 announcement and content below and contact us if you have any further questions or want to apply for the upcoming funding round. 

The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) is partnering with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON), and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture (OAC) to make approximately $1,400,000 available for the Only in Seattle Initiative in 2017. The Initiative provides grant funding and staff support to foster inclusive neighborhood business districts that allow small businesses to grow and flourish. The Initiative focuses on supporting small businesses and property owners to organize around a common vision for their district and attract investment. Funding for projects or staff will enhance the ability for small businesses that reflect the unique character of the neighborhoods where they are located to contribute positively to the city's economic health. Below you will find application links and documents needed for the 2017 Only in Seattle Initiative RFA. 

Applications are due on 11:59 pm PST on Monday, October 31, 2016 via the grant system (link below). Late applications and paper copies will not be accepted.

  1. Only in Seattle Initiative Program Description

    START HERE. If you are new to the Only in Seattle Initiative or want to learn about the new elements in this year’s RFA, read the Program Description. It will make completing the RFA much easier. 

  2. Printable copy of the 2017 Only in Seattle Initiative RFA

    Download the PDF version or Word versions of the application to review it as a whole and begin drafting your responses. Writing down your application in Word first is a best practice to save you from losing data if the system crashes. 

  3. Supplemental Templates

    Download and review these documents that can be attached to your application. These documents will help you complete your application, but not all are required.

  4. Frequently Asked Questions and Helpful Tips for Using the Grant System

    The Frequently Asked Questions should help you through the grant application. We’re always a phone call or email away to help you with your question, but, just in case, check out the list of FAQs and Helpful Tips along the way.

    *Please create a new user account to begin the application and choose the profile type, "organization" in the account creation page. 

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Are you considering applying and have questions? Having trouble creating an account? Contact the Only in Seattle team for individual assistance. 

Theresa Barreras

Heidi Hall

Mikel Davila

The Only in Seattle Initiative is based on a set of core building blocks that are the critical components of any successful district. Business districts benefit most from comprehensive approaches that work simultaneously in the following strategy areas:

Business Organization

Neighborhood organizations, residents, property owners and business owners collaborate and work together toward a common vision for the neighborhood.

Business and Retail Development

Businesses prosper because they are organized, supported by the community, and they receive the assistance they need to strengthen and grow their business. New businesses move into the district that complement and improve the business mix.

Clean and Safe

The district is clean and customers feel safe and welcome.

Marketing and Promotion

The district has a positive, consistent image that helps draw more customers.

Appearance and Pedestrian Environment

The retail and pedestrian environment are attractive, inviting and easily accessible by multiple modes of transportation. Catalyst real estate projects rehabilitate or replace vacant or underutilized spaces, generating a sense of forward momentum and improvement in the district.

Check out The Only in Seattle Initiative: A Retrospective and Vision.

Only in Seattle Initiative Awardees

Other Funding Opportunities

City of Seattle Funding

Private Funders (a few examples)

  • Impact Capital provides real estate financing products and community building support to non-profit community-based organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
  • Seattle Foundation supports organizations by making capital, equipment and operating support grants to increase organizations' capacities to serve their constituents.
  • Starbucks Foundation
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.

King County Funders

Grant Writing and Grant Research Guides and Resources