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Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) - Community Partnership Fund

Grants to Seattle, Washington Groups and
Organizations to Enhance Local Neighborhoods

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Seattle Department of Neighborhoods - Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF)

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Grants to Seattle, Washington neighborhood groups, business groups, community organizations, and informal groups to support community improvement projects. Applicants are advised to contact program staff prior to applying. This program offers matching dollars for neighborhood improvement initiatives, organizing, and projects development and implemented by community members.

This program funds an array of unique and creative community projects that meet these requirements:

-Involve community members in creating and completing the project.
-Create community improvements.
-Be free and open to all members of the public.
-Are feasible and ready to begin within 1-2 months from award date.
-Demonstrate community match.
-Occur within the Seattle city limits.
-Community events every 2 years.

Expenses must be directly related to the project and fall within the following four categories:

1) Personnel
-Expenses related to staff and interns who will manage the project.
-Project management costs are limited to 10 percent of the total project award.

2) Professional Services
-Expenses related to consultants, vendors, artists and services.

3) Supplies and Materials
-Expenses related to materials needed to complete a project.
-Food Expenses are limited to 20% of an award but may not exceed $5,000 per project.

4) Construction and Capital
-Expenses related to construction and renovation of parks, facilities, and other public spaces.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179534

Estimated Size of Grant:

Community Partnership Fund requests are up to $100,000. (Requests of up to $5,000 may be submitted to the Small Sparks Fund.)

Term of Contract:

Work must be ready to begin within 5 weeks of award date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Neighborhood groups, community organizations, informal groups, and business groups who want to do a project to build stronger community connections are encouraged to apply.

All applicant groups must be open and inclusive, actively engage diverse community members, and be significantly composed of people who live and/or work in Seattle.

For projects involving improvements to property owned by public or private entities, property owner approval is required at the time of application.

Ineligible Groups:
-Individual persons
-For-profit businesses
-Religious organizations
-Major institutions; government agencies, universities, hospitals
-Political groups
-Organizations outside the City of Seattle
-Groups that currently have an active NMF project
-Groups that have failed to successfully carry out a project within the last two years

Ineligible Project Ideas:
-Project not free and open to the public
-Duplication of an existing private or public program
-Support programs or services
-Replace funding lost from other sources
-Pay for an organization’s operating expenses not directly related to the project
-Projects that do not have property owner permission for proposed improvements

Ineligible Expenses:
-Pay for expenditures or financial commitments before the organization is under contract with the City of Seattle
-Purchase land or buildings
-Pay for out of city travel expenses, lodging, or hotel expenses
-Pay for private transportation expenses including mileage, gas, insurance, car rentals, etc
-Rental or purchase of Bouncy Toys

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Neighborhood Matching Fund is hosting three workshops for those interested in applying to the fund. Each workshop will provide an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a strong application, and the review process. Neighborhood and community groups interested in the fund are invited to attend.

Workshop dates and locations are as follows:

Wednesday, January 31, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N

Thursday, February 15, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Montlake Community Center, 1618 Calhoun St.

Tuesday, February 27, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Columbia City Library, 4721 Rainier Ave S

More information about workshops may be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

Grants require matching funds and in-kind support. The total match must equal at least half of the funding request (1/2 match: 1 funding request).

Eligible match categories include cash, volunteer time, donated professional services, and donated materials and supplies.

City of Seattle resources such as City staff time, usage of City facilities, and/or any funding may not be counted as match. Any individual or business paid with award dollars may not also be counted as community match contributions.

Applicants are advised to contact a NMF Project Manager for assistance with the application process. Project managers are available to review draft applications.

Application Deadlines:
-March 26, 2018
-June 25, 2018
-September 10, 2018

Notice of decisions will be issued within six weeks. Contracts will be signed and work ready to begin within five weeks from award date.

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

To attend a workshop, RSVP at:

You may also RSVP to attend a workshop by contacting:

Allynn Ruth, Project Manager
(206) 684-0301

Ed Pottharst, Project Manager
(206) 386-4232

Juan Martinez, Project Manager
(206) 733-9259

Karen Selander, Project Manager
(206) 733-9256

Minh Chau Le, Project Manager
(206) 233-7112

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: City of Seattle