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Neighborhood Matching Grant Program

Grants to Kirkland, Washington Neighborhood Associations
to Enhance the Quality of Life in Local Neighborhoods

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Grants to Kirkland, Washington neighborhood associations to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the City. Funding is intended to support events and projects that address neighborhood problems, build up local communities, and improve the physical appearance of the City's neighborhoods.

The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program projects fall into five categories:

- Community Building Events: Neighborhood picnics, July 4 parade entry, holiday events, outdoor health/recreation (walking, biking, running) events, and emergency preparedness fairs.
- Communications and Operations: Neighborhood website, mailings, newsletters, meeting space, and administrative costs.
- Physical Improvement Projects: Landscape beautification, playground and minor park improvements, tree planting, and clean-up.
- Neighborhood Identity Projects: Signage and neighborhood entrance beautification, banners, and public art.
- Leadership Training and Education: Sponsorship of board members or residents to leadership and training opportunities; for example, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Project Criteria:

- Provide public benefit to the neighborhood.
- Demonstrate a need and support for the project.
- Fulfill Matching Grant contribution.
- Take place within Kirkland’s neighborhood boundaries.
- Involve neighborhood residents directly in all phases.
- Accomplished in two (2) years or less.
- Maintained by neighborhood volunteers (if applicable).

For project tips and ideas to make the most of the Matching Grant funds, see Matching Grant Program Information listed in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148909

Term of Contract:

Applicants should be prepared to start their projects immediately upon receiving notification of the award. Projects should be accomplished in two (2) years or less. Specifically:

- Projects Commence: Upon receipt of signed contract
- Projects End: December 1, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, projects must meet the following conditions:

- Be located within a Kirkland Neighborhood Boundary (For the Kirkland neighborhood map, see Grant Coverage Areas below.)
- Meet Neighborhood Association Criteria*
- Meet Matching Grant Project Criteria
- Fulfill Matching Grant Contribution

*To meet the Neighborhood Association Criteria, neighborhood organizations must:

- Be located in the City of Kirkland
- Be located within a Kirkland Neighborhood Boundary
- Have boundaries contiguous with the City's neighborhood designations.
- Be incorporated as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.
- Have a majority of the organization's members living or operating businesses in the neighborhood.
- Have a Board of Directors and neighborhood association bylaws.
- Have open membership to all neighborhood residents.
- Actively seek membership and not discriminate.
- Have the primary role in the Neighborhood Matching Grant program.
- Have a minimum of five neighborhood residents involved in the proposed Neighborhood Matching Grant project.

Individuals, single businesses, city-wide organizations, social services, fraternal and religious groups, political groups, and public agencies are not eligible as applicants. However, eligible neighborhood organizations are encouraged to form partnerships with these ineligible groups to plan and implement projects. The neighborhood organization must be the lead applicant and have the primary role in the partnership.

Funds cannot be used to supplant the association’s operating budget. Funds may not be used for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election of any person to any office or for the promotion of or opposition to any ballot proposition.

The following items will not be reimbursed:

- Refreshments or supplies for neighborhood meetings
- Costly or extravagant food items
- Alcohol
- Police and Fire staff
- Projects without prior approval
- Gifts/cards to board members (or residents)

Pre-Application Information:

Matching Grant Schedule:

Applications Available: November 2018
Applications Due: No later than January 31, 2019
Awards Announced: March 2019
Projects Commence: Upon receipt of signed contract*
Projects End: December 1, 2020
Reimbursement Deadline: December 10, 2020
Final Reports Due: By January 31, 2021

*Note: Final Reports for 2017–2018 must be submitted before 2019–2020 Matching Grant funds can be awarded.

Neighborhood Associations interested in participating in the Matching Grant program must complete and sign a Matching Grant Application and include a Project Information Sheet for each project. (Applications are available on the City’s Neighborhood Services website at: Please include the following attachments:

- Meeting minutes reflecting board and neighborhood approval of project.
- Copies of the organization’s by‐laws and articles of incorporation (reflecting non‐profit, tax exempt status)

Send completed applications and attachments to the City Manager’s Office. Applications will be reviewed promptly and award notices will be announced within a month of submittal.

Matching Grant Criteria:

For every dollar requested from the Matching Grant Program, the neighborhood must match the value of the amount requested. The following items can qualify for matching funds:

- Donated professional services
- Donated materials or supplies
- Volunteer labor
- Cash

For specific requirements for the neighborhood match package, see the Matching Grant Contribution page listed below.

Matching grant funds will be released to the Association on a reimbursement basis.

For questions on completing a Matching Grant Application, please contact David Wolbrecht.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send Applications to:

City Manager’s Office
123 5th Avenue
Kirkland, WA 98033
Attention: David Wolbrecht

David Wolbrecht
Neighborhood Services Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 425-587-3011

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USA: Washington: Kirkland