Local projects get neighborhood matching funds

Several local neighborhood projects will receive Small and Simple Projects Fund grants from the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF).

Those getting grants in the city’s District 7, which includes Queen Anne and Magnolia, include:

•Skate Like a Girl (305 Harrison St.) and Youth Employment Skateboarding, $24,185, to train and post 10 adult volunteer stewards at skate parks this summer and host a community celebration this fall (community match: $24,810);

•John Hay Foundation, $25,000, to conduct a community-engagement process to design and develop upgrades to the John Hay Elementary School (201 Garfield St.) playground and playfield areas (community match: $13,655);

•Magnolia Chamber of Commerce, $25,000, to lead a community-based commercial revitalization effort, which includes a preliminary retail assessment and community outreach (community match: $14,420); and

•Friends of Gilman Gardens, $4,249, to provide running water on-site to the Gilman Gardens P-Patch (13th Avenue West and Gilman Drive West) community garden (community match: $4,400).

The Small and Simple Projects Fund is one of three funds offered by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. It provides cash awards of up to $25,000 in matching funds to community organizations. The 2016 February awards range from $4,249 to $25,000, and the organizations pledge to match the City of Seattle’s $617,102 investment with $722,931 of locally raised money, donated materials and volunteer labor.

In addition to the Small and Simple Projects Fund, NMF has two other programs: the Large Projects Fund, which provides matching funds of up to $100,000, and the Small Sparks Fund, which provides funds of up to $1,000. For more information about all of the funds, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf.