New Matching Fund Cycle Starts January 18

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods announces the 2011 program for the nationally recognized Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF).   Updated application forms, program guidelines, and application deadlines are available for its three funding programs – Large Projects Fund, Small and Simple Fund, and Small Sparks Fund.

There have been several changes and impacts to the Neighborhood Matching Fund for 2011. To provide more opportunities for smaller projects, the Small and Simple Fund now has three application rounds in 2011. The deadline for the first round is January 18. The Tree Fund will no longer reside in Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, however, funding was transfered to Seattle Public Utilities for citywide coordination of all tree giving programs in 2011.

For NMF projects that occur on Seattle Parks and Recreation as well as Seattle Department of Transportation property, projects will continue to require departmental approval and coordination based on established criteria. Overall, the criteria continues to support neighborhood-initiated projects that provide a public benefit and are consistent with the goals of each department. The criteria also continues to limit large scale projects such as neighborhood-wide planning efforts or master plan development for large parks. Lastly, Parks and Rec and SDOT may have limitiations related to staffing cuts and reassignments. For more detailed information on each department’s project criteria, visit

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) program was created in 1988. All projects are initiated, planned and implemented by community members in partnership with Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Every award is matched by neighborhoods’ or communities’ resources of volunteer labor and donated materials, professional services, or cash. Since the program was created 22 years ago, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has awarded nearly $47 million with a community match of more than $68 million. Projects have involved more than 85,000 volunteers who have donated more than 566,000 work hours.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods provides programs and service that engage residents in civic participation, foster stronger communities, make government more accessible, and preserve and enhance the character of Seattle’s neighborhoods.