Fact Card: Neighborhood Matching Fund (Seattle)

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Created already back in 1988, the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) program provides community groups with resources from the City of Seattle for community-driven projects enhancing and strengthening their own neighborhoods. City of Seattle sees strong neighborhoods and active residents as one of Seattle’s assets and the NMF program promotes collaboration between the City and the community as well as community building.

How does it work?

  • All projects are initiated, planned and implemented by community members in partnership with the City.
  • There are three funds within the Neighborhood Matching Fund Program for projects of different size.
  • An award from the City is matched by resources of volunteer labor, donated materials, donated professional services or cash from neighborhoods or communities.
  • For example physical projects (e.g. a playground or public art, etc.) require a 1:1 match meaning the community match must equal the funding request. Non-physical projects (e.g. design, planning, events, etc.) require a ½:1 match meaning the community match must equal at least half of the funding request.

Who’s involved?
Citizens, City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Active. Since 1988 some 4 000 projects have been awarded through the program.


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