Applications for final round of Neighborhood Matching Fund open now

It’s the final round for this year’s Neighborhood Matching Fund program — the City will be accepting applications for community projects until September 9th.

The NMF was created in 1988 to provide matching dollars for neighborhood improvement projects, which can span from festivals to playground upgrades and even Night Out block parties.

There are some guidelines: to be eligible, projects must involve the community, be free and open to the public, be feasible and ready to begin within 1-2 months of the award date, demonstrate community’s ability to match funds, and occur within Seattle city limits.

There are a few Saturday workshops coming up to help with applications, held from 10am to 11:30am at the following locations:

  • July 27, Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave E
  • August 3, University Heights Center, 5031 University Way
  • August 17, South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave S

There are two funds you can apply for: the Community Partnership Fund, which provides up to $25,000 with three opportunities to apply each year — the deadline for this fund is Monday, September 9th. The other is the Small Sparks Fund, which provide up to $5,000 per project, with applications accepted on a rolling basis through October 31st.

To attend one of the free workshops, RSVP here or contact the Seattle Neighborhoods Department at 206-733-9916 or


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