February is open enrollment for Seattle Public Schools, Feb 13 – 24. Open enrollment is the process by which parents can choose schools other than their neighborhood school. Several schools in the Wallyhood area are solely lottery schools, and do not have guaranteed neighborhood enrollment. These two schools are language immersion schools, and subject to high demand. Historically, this demand has made it challenging for local children to enroll.
In response to this demand, John Stanford has expanded to four kindergarten classes, so this might be your year if you are enrolling a kindergarten in Seattle Public Schools. The comments can discuss the impact on parking and street flow created by the expansion.
Neighborhood Matching Fund announces NEW funding opportunities for community-initiated projects
Do you have a small, neighborhood project in mind? Are you tired of waiting for Jeff Bezos to bust out his wallet for you? Well, you can apply to the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund, and you just might get the cash you need:
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ popular Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) offers new funding opportunities for community members in 2017. The program features added flexibility, a simpler application, and faster review and award processing. Its two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the new Community Partnership Fund – continue to support community projects that build stronger neighborhoods and communities such as park improvements, public art, community gardens, cultural festivals, community organizing and so much more. For 2017, the NMF Program has more than $3 million dollars to award to community projects!
The Community Partnership Fund combines two former funds into one. It provides funding up to $100,000 with three opportunities to apply. Applicants will also receive decisions on their funding requests within eight weeks. The deadlines for the Community Partnership Fund are March 27, June 26, and September 25 by 5 p.m.
The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project (increased from $1,000), and the fund continues to accept applications on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for small community projects or activities such as Neighbor Day, Night Out, Earth Day, Parking Day, Spring Clean and others.
Much more information is available on the NMF website.
Free Help with Tax Prep
Stevie Kimmet writes:
I am the social work intern working with United Way of King County’s free tax preparation campaign. In addition to free tax prep, we connect clients to healthcare, basic food, utility assistance, and ORCA Lift. This year, we’re trying to expand our reach across King County, in order to help community members achieve financial stability. We plan to work with over 1,000 volunteers to prepare over 23,000 tax returns and to connect folks to a number of public benefits in 2017. (Here’s a link to our website to provide more context around our work.)
In order to achieve these goals, people across King County have to know about these services. We rely on community partners to help us spread the message about our program, and I’m hoping that the Wallingford is willing to join our efforts by sharing the following post with your community:
Take the stress out of filing your taxes and maximize your refund – have United Way of King County prepare your return for free!
United Way of King County is offering free tax preparation services in 27 locations throughout King County from now until April 20th. Households making under $64,000 can have their taxes prepared– and they can get connected to healthcare enrollment and other public benefits.
Locations can be found throughout the county with daytime, evening, and weekend hours available. No appointments needed. Get your maximum refund fast and pay no fees!
The tax site in your community is: Solid Ground
- Tues: 5:00- 9:00 PM
- Sat: 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM
To find other locations, languages available, a list of what to bring, and other details, visit our website or call 2-1-1.
If you have any questions about the program or need supplies, I’m happy to get you connected to digital or physical resources.
I look forward to hearing from you,
MSW Intern, Financial Stability Programs