2012 Parks & Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund Proposal Letters Due to City by June 11

Proposal letters due June 11 for 2012/2013 Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. The proposal letter is a simple first step to apply for funding. The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates $15 million in funding for community initiated park development or property acquisition projects, approximately $8 million will go towards projects in the 2012/2013 funding cycle of the Opportunity Fund.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is now accepting proposal letters,which are due by 4:00 pm on Monday, June 11. The Proposal Letters are the first step of the Opportunity Fund process for projects; the official application packet is due in September.

In the first round, $7 million was allocated to projects throughout Seattle. Rainier Beach Urban Farm, Bitter Lake Park Enhancement, Lewis Park Reforestation and an acquisition of a site at 19th and Madison are among the fifteen projects that received funding in the first round. There is up to $8 million for distribution in this second round.

Parks hosted three technical assistance workshops over the last month to announce the 2012/2013 cycle of the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund.

If you were unable to attend the meetings and would like assistance in submitting a Proposal Letter, please contact one of the project planners –  Susanne Rockwell at 206-684-0902 or susanne.rockwell@seattle.gov, or Emily Lofstedt at 206-684-7047 or emily.lofstedt@seattle.gov.

For additional information about the process, visit the Opportunity Fund website at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/levy/opportunity.htm.