Only in Seattle Grants

Only in Seattle Initiative

The Only in Seattle Initiative provides grant funding and staff support to foster inclusive neighborhood business districts that allow small businesses to thrive. The Initiative focuses on supporting business and property owners to organize around a common vision for their district and attract investment. Participating districts start by developing a strategic vision, creating an action plan, and determining clear outcomes and leads, and getting to work.  From new crosswalks, murals, and lighting improvements, to business coaching, community festivals, and litter cleanup, Seattle's business districts have used Only in Seattle resources to put their vision into action.


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



Only in Seattle Request for Application (RFA)

The 2018 Only in Seattle Initiative RFA is now closed. Please check back in September 2018 for new funding opportunities and sign up for the OIS newsletter for additional annoucements. The 2018 RFA information is included below for reference.


The Only in Seattle Initiative is a partnership between OED, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON). Approximately $1,400,000 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 RFA will be available on September 30, 2017 at 9 AM. Applications are due on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 9:00 am PST  via the grant system (link below). Late applications and paper copies will not be accepted.


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 RFA, read the Program Description. It will make completing the RFA much easier. 

  2. Download a copy of the full Only in Seattle Initiative grant application


    Download the PDF version or Word version of the application to review it as a whole and begin drafting your responses. We recommend filling out your application in Word first, so you can save as you go. Please note, these documents are provided only for review and preparation purposes - all applications must be submitted through our online database (link below).

  3. Access Application Templates and Example Action Plans


    Download and attach the Budget Template and Key Outcomes Template needed for the Tier I application. The online system will prompt you to upload these documents at the appropriate time. 

  4. Read the FAQs and Helpful Tips


    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) and GoGrants Helpful Tips sections to assist you in your grant application.

  5. Start your application


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


Are you considering applying and have questions? Having trouble creating an account? Contact the Only in Seattle team to get help.

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