Neighborhood Matching Fund application period still open

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The application period for city-funded neighborhood projects is open for one more month. The Small and Simple Projects Fund is a $25,000 grant that goes to community-building projects and that are matched by community contributions.

There is a workshop tomorrow night (Wed., Sept. 2) at the University Heights Community Center (5031 University Way NE, room 209) from 6 to 8 p.m. to help applicants understand the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. The deadline for the application is Monday, October 5 at 5 p.m; this is the final application period in 2015 for the fund.

An example of a project already funded this year is for improvements at a Ballard P-Patch. The funds will help to realign the plots at the garden at 8527 25th Ave NW to ensure equitable square footage for each gardener. They’ll also install wider footpaths, an additional water spigot, and an underground conduit to provide power to their patio. The city grant was for $8,400, bringing the total to over $16,000 after being matched by the community.

According to the city, all projects must demonstrate its capacity to build a stronger and healthier community, and must:

  • Provide a public benefit and be free and open to all members of the public.
  • Emphasize self-help, with project ideas initiated, planned and implemented by the neighbors and community members who will themselves be impacted by the project.
  • Demonstrate community match.
  • Occur within the Seattle city limits.

To RSVP for the workshop tomorrow night, call 206-233-0093 or go online at surveymonkey.com/r/ZHM36BJ. The workshop is open to all.

File photo of Greg’s P-Patch, which received a past Small and Simple Projects award

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