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
- Police and Fire staff
- Projects without prior approval
- Gifts/cards to board members (or residents)