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Neighborhood Matching Fund invests $849,711 in 20 community projects

2019 Festival Black Arts Festival of Soundiata

The City of Seattle has awarded $849,711 to support 20 community-initiated projects through the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF). Twenty community groups received prizes ranging from $18,700 to $50,000 and pledged $710,588 to match their prize through local cash donations, volunteer hours, equipment donations and in-kind professional services. Funded projects represent everything from climate justice to cultural celebrations to community development and beyond, highlighting the power of the community to unite around a shared vision and forge their own solutions.

“Achieving our vision for One Seattle means soliciting thoughtful feedback from neighbors, ensuring their voices are heard, and leveraging the city’s support to match the community’s commitment of time, talent and resources. I am thrilled for the people of Seattle to experience these community-driven local investments, said Mayor Bruce Harrell.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund provides grants to organizations committed to promoting and building our community. It has two funds: the Community Partnership Fund, which is currently offered twice a year with grants of up to $50,000; and the Small Sparks Fund, which is offered on a rolling basis for most of the year with prizes up to $5,000.

Over its 34-year history, more than 5,000 projects have been funded in partnership with the NMF program, and its investment in neighborhoods is visible across the city. For more information about the NMF, go to seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/.

“Funding from the Neighborhood Matching Fund allows us to move forward with our community climate justice project, helping to change the lives of young people in our communities through free experiential learning workshops. Through this project, young people will be connected to local climate justice initiatives, build their confidence and leadership skills, and improve the community by amplifying climate solutions in their own neighborhoods. – Julian K. Saint Clair, CEO of Renaissance 21

The following community organizations will receive Neighborhood Matching Fund awards for the first round of the 2022 funding cycle:

2022 Community Partnership Fund Awards: Round One

$50,000 to the Eritrean Association of Greater Seattle for Community Center Upgrades to deal with urgent issues in the parking lot and main lobby. Parking lot repairs will include tree removal and concrete and fence repairs; regrading and paving to improve drainage; and replace the exit door that was vandalized. Improvements in the main lobby will replace old, inefficient windows; repair the stage surface; and repaint two walls. (Community Match: $32,525)

$50,000 to Food Fight Club API for the 2022 Chinatown International District Block Party to help continue the day-long celebration that includes Asian American Pacific Islander performances, food vendors and art. The event will take place in August 2022 and will offer expanded features including a film screening, food walk and live entertainment. (Community Match: $44,800)

$50,000 to the Ethiopian Community of Seattle for Art for Ethiopian village create a facade on the walls of the building. The village is currently under construction and will have 90 affordable senior housing units and a renovated and expanded Ethiopian Community Center. The art project will cover a total of 880 square feet of the residential building facing Rainier St and S Rose St. (Community Match: $25,000)

$50,000 to Friends of I-5/King Street for Jackson St. Mural & Colonnade Restoration Project to facilitate the design and installation of a mural along the wall under I-5 just north of Jackson St. The project will work with Urban Artworks to repaint the red and yellow columns along Jackson St., which are scratched and discolored due to sun damage. The painting will include the overlay of the lower 10 feet of columns with an anti-graffiti coating. (Community Match: $67,284)

$50,000 to Belltown United for Create a place and connect with the community to organize creative and community-driven place-making events that will result in the creation of art installations on public streets, traffic jams and sidewalks. The art will contain visuals and images that identify the distinct character of the Belltown neighborhood, from a collective community perspective and reflect the history and cultural significance of Belltown. (Community Match: $28,200)

$50,000 at Discovery Park 50e Anniversary partners for Discovery Park 50e Birthday partyOctober 1. The celebration will include a series of events focused on stewardship, education and history. Activities will include bird walks, historical tours, exhibit materials and presentations at the park’s Visitor Center as well as the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. (Community game: $26,615)

$50,000 to the Lake City Pioneer Days Parade for Lake City Summer Festival and Parade August 6. The festival is free, family-friendly and one of Seafair’s oldest sanctioned community events. The parade and festival has been bringing together and celebrating the neighborhood’s diverse cultures for decades and will be one of the first in-person events in the neighborhood since the pandemic began. (Community Match: $51,930)

$50,000 at Sail Sand Point for A community boathouse for all in Magnuson Park, a welcoming, inclusive and ADA-accessible community nautical center. The funds will support site surveys, permits, consultation with tribal and other stakeholders, and community outreach. (Community Match: $30,000)

$50,000 OCA Asian Pacific Advocate of Greater Seattle for Passage to the international district of Chinatown in Seattle, 1849-2022, a project that will convert the 2019 OCA-GS intern film “Gum Saan to Golden Spike” into a comic book and add a sequel centered around the AAPI protest of the Kingdome building 50 years ago. (Community Match: $70,900)

$49,950 for the African American Cultural Association of Soundiata for Soundiata Festival Black Arts Festival, a celebration of African and African American culture and black arts. The festival will share performances by nationally acclaimed artists, dance, history, food, local musicians and a much-anticipated vendor’s market. (Community Match: $67,560)

$49,850 for the Center for Linguistic and Cultural Democracy for Caribbean Sea Party 2022, a pan-Caribbean, family-oriented arts and culture event. This year, the event will be moved to Waterfront Park and will include additional work to address and highlight environmental issues related to oceans and runoff. (Community Match: $38,800)

$47,890 for Friends of the Jackson Park P-Patch for Community building in Jackson Park, a project to create community, not only among Jackson Park P-Patch gardeners, but more importantly within the community that exists around the garden. A pumpkin patch will be added to the south side of the garden and a children’s garden of pollinator-friendly flowers will be added to the west side of the garden. (Community Match: $35,100)

$47,000 to Tasveer for Reflection Through HEART – an open mic community event which will include South Asian artists showcasing prose, poetry, comedy, music, performance art, improvisation and other forms of artistic expression. The event will have curated segments and uncurated segments that will allow both established and new artists to participate. (Community Match: $25,620)

$43,000 to Renaissance 21 for Community Climate Justice Project by Star Tech Global Academy, a new series of educational content focused on engaging youth in intersectional climate justice efforts in local neighborhoods. The series of free workshops will include virtual and in-person participation at three teen centers in Seattle with high access to BIPOC youth. (Community Match: $25,220)

$35,000 to Friends of Picardo Farms P-Patch for Expansion of accessible raised beds to increase the number and variety of accessible raised beds in a newly vacated area of ​​the garden. This addition will help meet the demand and waiting list for accessible beds and contribute to the group’s goal of being a public, welcoming, inclusive and safe space for its more than 500 gardeners and visitors. (Community Match: $19,200)

$33,000 to District U Defenders for U District, Seattle’s most walkable neighborhood create a design plan for NE 42nd St to implement priority community strategies on the designated “green street”. Working with a team of consultants, the group will host a series of three stakeholder workshops to understand conditions, explore options and decide the direction of the redesign of two blocks of NE 42nd St. (Community Match: 28,754 $)

$30,200 to the Shared Spaces Foundation for Heron’s Nest Phase 1 Community Kitchen working on the development of an outdoor community cooking facility on a plot of land to be repatriated to the Duwamish Tribe. With preliminary plans to build the kitchen in the shape and style of a traditional Duwamish longhouse with beams and a cedar roof already completed, these funds will support permitting costs, foundation work, service connections audiences and design consultation. (Community Match: $50,480)

$25,221 to Haken Media for Re-engage and revitalize the Tigrayan community to re-engage, re-mobilize and strengthen the Tigrayan community by boosting the morale of members and striving to bring the community back to pre-COVID and civil war and conflict stature in Ethiopia. The project will organize culturally and linguistically appropriate talking circle sessions; improve the capacity of community media; provide digital skills training to community members; and improve community involvement in neighborhood affairs. (Community Match: $16,100)

$19,900 to the Unity in the Community Committee for Unity in the Block Party community bring individuals and families together to participate, observe and gather. The event will bring awareness to BIPOC families about fitness and good nutrition, with a focus on relationship building, providing entertainment and allowing BIPOC vendors to showcase their exhibits. The event will take place at the Rainier Beach Community Center and the Yesler Community Center. (Community Match: $12,850)

$18,700 to the Pacific Northwest Philippine Chamber of Commerce for Seattle Filipino Conference Attendance Project August 18-20. This event and initiative will bring together leaders and members of the local Filipino community to promote engagement and participation in the United States-Philippines International Trade Conference here in Seattle. (Community Match: $13,650)