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Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) - Community Partnership Fund

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Seattle Department of Neighborhoods - Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF)

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Deadline Date:

09/12/22 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Washington organizations and groups in eligible locations to enhance local neighborhoods. Applicants must consult with staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for community initiatives that strengthen and benefit local neighborhoods. Eligible projects must occur within the Seattle city limits.

This program funds a variety of unique and creative community projects. To be eligible for funding, a project must:

  • Involve community members in creating and completing the project.
  • Create community improvements.
  • Be free and open to all members of the public.
  • Be feasible and ready to begin within 1-2 months from award date.
  • Demonstrate community match.
  • Occur within the Seattle city limits. 
  • Not have received NMF funding within the last two years (applies only to events).

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

  • 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.
  • Professional Services:
    • Expenses related to consultants, vendors, artists, and services.
  • Supplies and Materials:
    • Expenses related to materials needed to complete the project.
    • Food expenses are limited to 20% of the award but may not exceed $5,000 per project.
  • 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:

Up to $50,000

Term of Contract:

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

Community events may be funded every other year. Applicants that receive NMF funding for an event in 2021 will not be eligible to receive funding for an event again until 2023.

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.

Awarded projects are required to have a fiscal sponsor.

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 an awarded NMF 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
- Ongoing and/or existing programs or services support
- Replacement of funding lost from other sources
- Pay for an organization’s ongoing operating expenses
- Projects that do not have property owner permission for proposed improvements
- Social services

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, rideshare, etc.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Community Partnership Fund September Round - Workshop #1
July 23 at 10 am Virtual:

Community Partnership Fund September Round - Workshop #2
August 9 at 10 am Virtual:

Community Partnership Fund September Round - Workshop #3
August 24 at 6 pm Virtual:

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines:

2022 Round One:
- January 28, 2022: Application open
- March 28, 2022, 5pm: Application deadline
- Notice of Decisions: Within six weeks
- Contracts with City: Within five weeks from award notification date

2022 Round Two:
- July 12, 2022: Application open
- September 12, 2022, 5pm: Application deadline
- Notice of Decisions: Within six weeks
- Contracts with City: Within five weeks from award notification date

Before submitting an application, call to arrange a conversation with an NMF project manager who will help you understand the program guidelines and application process; navigate the online grants system; and review draft applications.

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

The community match requires awardees to match their award with contributions from the community whether as volunteer time, donated materials, donated professional services, or cash.

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.

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For questions, please contact program staff at:

NMF Project Managers:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: City of Seattle

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