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Neighborhood Matching Fund

Grants to Washington Neighborhood Associations in Eligible Regions for
Projects that Support Grassroots Action and Address Community Needs

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Everett - Office of Neighborhoods

Deadline Date:

02/26/21 Postmarked; 5:00 PM Electronic Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $2,000 to Washington neighborhood associations for projects that support grassroots action and address community needs in eligible regions. Eligible projects are those with active involvement from area residents and local businesses throughout project planning and implementation. Eligible neighborhood associations are those located in the City of Everett.

Project Examples:

  • Park and Open Space Projects: Master planning, park design, community garden, interpretive signs, plantings, sensitive area maintenance, natural habitat restoration, artwork in parks, equipment.
  • Street Projects: Plantings, safety improvements, bus shelter improvements, artwork, gateway treatments.
  • Events: Street fair, historic tour, public space cleanup/work parties, book or clothing exchange, awards ceremony, neighborhood or social picnic, parade, National Night Out event.
  • Communication: Neighborhood brochure, neighborhood calendar, disaster preparedness, Block Watch programs. info kiosk, a-board signs to announce meetings.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183165

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each neighborhood association can apply for up to $2,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by December 7, 2021.

Most neighborhoods host events and activities starting in spring. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on events and gatherings, many activities normally held in March and April are being postponed or cancelled. Contact your neighborhood chairperson to find out about plans and how you can participate this year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Projects must provide a public benefit and be open to the public
- Neighborhoods must have open membership and actively seek involvement from area residents and/or businesses throughout project planning and implementation
- Neighborhood associations must match City funds, with equal or greater value in volunteer hours and/or donations for each project
- If food is to be provided (via City funds) at an event or work party, the even and availability of the food must appear in public notice such as the newsletter

Ineligible projects, spending, and participants:
The Neighborhood Matching Fund uses public funds and are therefore subject to limitations. Some examples of these limitations include:
- Public funds cannot be used for private gain, prizes, or gifts.
- Projects cannot duplicate an existing private or public program.
- Funds cannot be used to improve private property unless it is in use as a public space such as a community garden or park.
- Funds cannot be "donated" to another group or non-profit organization.
- Funds cannot provide ongoing services such as ongoing operating budgets.
- Projects cannot conflict with existing City policy.
- City funds cannot be used to purchase insurance.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications are due by 5PM on Friday, February 26th. If you intend to mail your application, it must be postmarked no later than the February 26th deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

How to apply for funds:
1. If you have a great idea to enhance your neighborhood, see if your idea is supported and shared by others in your area and then submit your idea to the neighborhood association.
2. Next, work with your neighborhood association to prepare an application describing your idea, the budget and how you will match the City funds.
3. Projects are discussed and voted on by neighborhood associations before the applications are submitted to the City for approval.

Applications are reviewed and approved by City staff. If approved, the applicant will receive an official award letter by mail. If approved, your project award will be contingent upon conditions to comply with requirements and policies. If awarded, read conditions carefully so that you meet all the project requirements. You may not begin to incur projects costs or spend matching funds until you have received an Award Letter from the Office of Neighborhoods and agree to any included conditions.

Neighborhoods must match awarded City funds with an equal or greater value in community contributions. A match consists of donated services, goods, cash or volunteer labor and must directly contribute to the scope of each project.

Contact Information:

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

Submit project ideas here: https://everettwa.gov/FormCenter/Neighborhoods-20/Neighborhood-Grant-Idea-Submission-177

Submit completed applications:
By email: Rupali Sharma at rsharma@everettwa.gov

By mail:
Office of Neighborhoods
Rupali Sharma
2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 8-A
Everett, WA 98201

Direct questions to Rupali Sharma at the email address above or leave a message at 425-257-8735.

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USA: Washington: Everett

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