Neighborhood Matching Fund to host free workshop for community groups

The application period for city-funded neighborhood projects is open until September 12. The Small and Simple Projects Fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects such as cultural festivals, facility improvements, public art, and youth activities.

A workshop will be held on Thursday, August 18, at Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to help applicants understand the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements.

An example of a project already funded in the neighborhood were the improvements at Ballard P-Patch. The funds helped to realign the plots at the garden at 8527 25th Ave NW to ensure equitable square footage for each gardener. Footpaths were also widened, an additional water spigot was installed, and an underground conduit to provide power to their patio.

The city grant that Ballard P-Patch received was $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, call (206) 733-9916 or visit

The workshop is open to all.

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