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Neighborhood Matching Grant Program

City of Kirkland

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #148909

Grant Description

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Grants to Washington nonprofit neighborhood associations in eligible areas to improve the quality of life in local communities. Funding is intended to support events and projects that address neighborhood problems, build up local communities, and improve the physical appearance of local neighborhoods. Eligible programs benefit Kirkland residents.

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).

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To meet the Neighborhood Association Criteria, neighborhood organizations must:
- Be located in the City of Kirkland
- 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 the 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)
- Flowers

Pre-Application Information:

Matching Grant Schedule:
- Applications Available: December 2020
- Applications Due: No later than January 31, 2021
- Awards Announced: March 2021
- Projects Commence: Upon receipt of signed contract*
- Projects End: December 1, 2022
- Reimbursement Deadline: December 15, 2022
- Final Reports Due: By January 31, 2023

*Note: Reports for 2019–2020 must be submitted before 2021–2022 Matching Grant funds can be awarded.

For every dollar requested from the Matching Grant Program, the neighborhood must match the value of the amount requested. For additional information about matching, see:

Term of Contract:

Projects must end by December 1, 2022, and reimbursement requests submitted by December 15, 2022.

Contact Information:

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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