City Awards $405,300 in Matching Funds for 7 South Seattle Projects

City Awards $405,300 in Matching Funds for 7 South Seattle Projects

The City of Seattle has awarded $755,000 to support 14 community-initiated projects through Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF), including several throughout South Seattle.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund has two funds: the Community Partnership Fund, which is offered three times a year with cash awards up to $100,000; and Small Sparks Fund, which is offered on a rolling basis throughout the year with cash awards of up to $5,000.

The Community Partnership Fund offers matching funds of up to $100,000 to community organizations committed to fostering and building our community. These awards range from $17,000 to $100,000 with the 14 organizations pledging over $769,890 in community match involving volunteer hours, locally raised money, donated materials, and in-kind professional services.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund provides more than $3 million each year to local organizations. Over its nearly 30-year history, more than 5,000 projects have been funded in partnership with the NMF Program, and its investment in neighborhoods can be seen across the city.

2018 South Seattle Community Partnership Fund Awards – Fall Cycle

  • $78,300 to Rainier Beach Link2Lake Open Space Steering Committee to produce 100% bid ready construction documents for community-driven improvements at Beer Sheva Park. (Community Match: $42,090)
  • $100,000 to Friends of Hawthorne PTA to begin initial construction of a new neighborhood play space at Hawthorne Elementary that includes new sitting areas, a creative play area, and new entryway. (Community Match: $129,250)
  • $25,000 to Friends of Detective Cookie Chess Park to develop 60% Street Improvement Permit (SIP) construction drawings in consultation with a landscape architect and civil engineer to submit to SDOT for permit review by Spring 2019. (Community Match: $10,696)
  • $20,000 to Somali Community Services of Seattle to organize a free and open tutoring program for elementary and middle school students from January to June 2019 and four open community workshops on topics such as parenting students and study skills. (Community Match: $21,120)
  • $42,000 to Friends of Hip Hop is Green to create holistic community educational programming through the medium of hip hop that focuses on healthier eating and includes youth-led events, community urban farming, musical performances, and a culinary program. (Community Match: $42,040)
  • $100,000 to Friends of Safe Access: Street to Park to construct Phase I of the community-supported design that includes new stairs, guardrails, and a lower integrated path into Mount Baker Park. (Community Match: $50,003)
  • $40,000 to Eritrean Association of Greater Seattle to organize an Eritrean Independence Day Celebration at Seward Park in May 2019 featuring Eritrean music, traditional dances, poetry readings, and more. (Community Match: $39,970)

Photo/Detective Cookie plays chess with neighborhood kids at the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade. GO: South Seattle


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