Seattle Night Out, the city-wide block party, is scheduled for Tuesday, August 1 this year: streets all over Wallingford (and beyond!) will be blocked off and turned into sprawling cook-outs, parks and playgrounds.
So, maybe in years past, your street has put together a potluck, enjoyed each other’s company and had a decent time. Kids were rolling back and forth in their Big Wheels, throwing marshmallows and generally getting heady drunk on staying out late.
But this year, maybe you want to step up your game. You want to have a band. You want to have hacky-sack tournament. You want to install a frisbee golf course on your street. You want to host a homegrown vegetable market.
Well, do not let lack of funding stand in your way. The city is offering grants of up to $5,000 (!) to support Seattle Night Out activities:
The Small Sparks Fund provides funding for projects that promote community engagement and are led by the community. Community groups can request up to $5,000 to pay for Night Out activities. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 21 at 5:00 p.m., but you must register first in our web-based application system at least 48 hours prior to June 21 to apply.
We highly encourage community groups to contact our staff to learn about the variety of Night Out projects the Fund can support such as sport tournaments, block parties, cultural gatherings, and pop-up markets. For information on the application process, see how to applyor call 206-733-9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round.
Do you have any idea how much macaroni and cheese you could buy for $5,000?