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Neighborhood Matching Fund announces 2016 funding opportunities for community-initiated project

Free workshops start in January for community groups
December 18, 2015 (Seattle, WA) – Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ popular Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) announces its funding opportunities for 2016. All three of its funds – Small Sparks, Small and Simple Projects Fund, and the Large Projects Fund – support the efforts of community members as they work on projects to build stronger neighborhoods and communities. More than 5000 projects have occurred across the city since this program began 28 years ago.
The Small Sparks Fund which provides awards of up to $1,000 per project accepts applications year-round. This is great funding opportunity for implementing small community projects as well as supporting activities such as Neighbor Appreciation Day, Night Out, Earth Day, and others.
The Small and Simple Projects Fund, which provides awards of up to $25,000, has three opportunities to apply in 2016. Deadlines for applications are February 1June 6, and September 12 by 5 p.m. For those interested in applying in February, NMF staff is hosting workshops about the guidelines and application process. The dates are as follows:
·       Monday, January 116 – 8 p.m. at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S in Room 310
·       Thursday, January 146 – 8 p.m. at Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N in Room 6
To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NMFWorkshop2016. Additional workshops will be offered prior to each Small and Simple Projects Fund application deadline.

The Large Projects Fund (LPF), which awards up to $100,000 per project, is open to applications once a year. The 2016 deadline is May 2 by 5:00 p.m. For those interested in applying, mandatory workshops will be offered beginning early next year.
The NMF program has staff to advise community groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. Community members arestrongly encouraged to contact a Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager before applying at 206-233-0093 or NMFund@seattle.gov.
To learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund and its support to community-initiated projects, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund. The website provides details on the criteria and requirements for each fund, along with instructions for the online application process.

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Seattle Department of Neighborhoods provides programs and services that engage residents in civic participation, foster stronger communities, make government more accessible, and preserve and enhance the character of Seattle’s neighborhoods. 

Contact: Lois Maag, Communications, 206.615.0950






Every three months Squire Park Community Council board members and other volunteers deliver — walking from door to door — about 3,000 SPCC Newsletters to neighborhood doorsteps. This is your invitation to the next quarterly meeting.

As all of us know, Squire Park is growing — a lot. There are hundreds of people living in the neighborhood who were not living here last year at this time.

Sometimes the growth and change is labeled gentrification — a word that has different connotations to different people. Yet, most thinking people want to be part of working to overcome those impacts of rapid change that can be harmful to community.

It is sometimes said, by long-time residents, that new residents often don’t seem interested in the community or in acknowledging the people who have lived here for decades. Yet, at the same time, many people newly moving to the Central Area state that one of the most important things attracting them to live here is the diversity of the population in the neighborhood.

How can both be true?

The Squire Park Community Council wants to be one of the ways in which long-time community members and more-recent community members can connect with each other and connect with the neighborhood. SPCC is the City-recognized community council for the part of the Central Area bounded by E. Union St., 12th Avenue, S. Jackson St, and 23rd Avenue.

All who live in the neighborhood or who care about the neighborhood, please take advantage of a quarterly SPCC meeting. The Community Council is a place to meet your neighbors. Maybe that is just for a brief conversation at the meeting on Saturday morning. Or, it might be planning to work together on a community effort that is important to you. The strength of a community and the strength of a community council are directly dependent on the power of the people who take part.

At the January quarterly SPCC meeting one year ago, the ground floor meeting room at Centerstone was filled to capacity. More people volunteered to take part as SPCC board members than the number of vacant positions available. It was a milestone for SPCC. Help repeat the energy and purpose expressed in January, 2015 by coming to the meeting on January 9th, 2016. — And, on your way, invite a friend.


Support for School Funding

Dear Squire Park Community:

It has been my honor to serve as your representative on the Seattle School Board for the last two years. During that time, I have watched closely (and in some cases, approved) the expenditure of millions of levy dollars to improve the condition of our schools, many of them serving children in our neighborhood.

And now the time has come to consider a new vote to allow these critical improvements to continue. The Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) capital levy will be on the ballot again in 2016, along with the Operations Levy.

Through numerous community meetings involving district staff, architects and construction industry people as well as students and families, we have developed an ambitious list of upgrades and renovations to our school facilities. Students in or near our neighborhood have arrived at schools that have been significantly upgraded or renovated as a result of the last levy. Specifically, renovations at Bailey Gatzert, Leschi, Lowell and Thurgood Marshall Elementary Schools; Washington Middle School; and Garfield and Nova High Schools are just the schools in the Central District – more than half of our 97 schools all over Seattle have benefited from the expiring BEX III.

Our school district is growing by nearly 1,000 students every year! That means that we need an additional 3 elementary schools, annually. Though we don’t plan to build schools that fast, these levies help us to manage this explosive enrollment growth in a sustainable fashion. And ourOperations levy provides about 1 out of every 4 dollars that the district uses to keep school doors open, pay teachers and principals and improve outcomes for all of our students. This keeps class sizes from exploding while we wait for our State Legislature to fulfill its constitutional obligation to fully fund our schools.

So, I hope that you will demonstrate your support for the BTA IV and Operations levies that will be on the February, 2016 ballot by casting a “yes” vote. The children of Seattle, their parents, educators and I appreciate that support.

Dr. Stephan Blanford
Seattle School Board Director, District V




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