The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) program was created in 1988 to provide neighborhood groups with City resources for community-driven projects that enhance and strengthen their own neighborhoods. Wallingford has benefited from these funds in the past, such as the 46th Street Mural and the installation of new playground equipment at McDonald School.
The Fall 2011 cycle of the Small and Simple Projects Fund will have a single focus: emergency preparedness.
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has partnered with the Office of Emergency Management to offer this funding opportunity designed to help community members plan for emergency situations with their neighbors. If you are wondering why preparedness is the focus this cycle, just turn on your television or go online — recent national and international disasters are vivid reminders of what can happen
when God is angry with politicians.
During this cycle, the Fund will only accept applications with the new emergency preparedness focus, unlike in the past when projects of any type were accepted. However, there is an exception for existing capital projects that are ready for their next phase of implementation. If you have some of those funds, you should have already been invited to apply by your NMF project manager. For everyone else, emergency preparedness only.
The deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund for awards up to $20,000 is Monday, October 17 by 5 p.m. Community members can also apply to the Small Sparks Fund for awards up to $1000 with applications accepted year-round. To learn more, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/
Thinking of applying? Two workshops are scheduled for community members to learn more about the NMF program and emergency preparedness project ideas. The workshops will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Ballard Public Library (5614 22nd Ave NW); and on Thursday, Sept. 15 at The 2100 Building (2100 24th Ave S).
Community members are also encouraged to contact a Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager before applying at 206-233-0093 or [email protected] For those applying for emergency preparedness projects, contact the Seattle Office for Emergency Management at [email protected] or call 206-233-5076.
And it might not hurt to attend the September 17th Wallingford Walk, “Community Resilience: How to Survive a Zombie Attack.” Saturday, September 17th, 10:00am, starting at Tully’s on 45th & Meridian.