City Grant Resources

Neighborhood Matching Fund

Neighborhood Matching Fund grants are built on the premise that community members collaborate on projects to build community within the City.  There are three funds within this program:  Small Sparks Fund, Small and Simple Projects Fund, and Large Projects Fund.

The Neighborhood District Councils have a say in the grant recipients of Large Project Funds.   Half of the rating points are allocated by the District Councils and the other half allocated by a City Neighborhood Council committee (the Citywide Review Team), with the awards recommended to the Mayor and City Council by vote of the City Neighborhood Council.

The Small and Simple Projects Fund does not involve a ranking system like the Neighborhood Matching Funds process.

Proposals for Large Project Funds projects and Small and Simple Projects are submitted and evaluated at specific times during the year.  Small Sparks Fund projects may be submitted for evaluation at any time during the year.

Neighborhood Park and Street Fund

This fund can be used for projects valued up to $90K for park or street improvements.

Park improvements include playground improvements, trail upgrades, park benches or tables, natural area renovations, and accessibility improvements.

Street improvements include crossing improvements such as marked crosswalks, curb ramps, and pedestrian countdown signals; and traffic calming, such as traffic circles, median islands,  speed feedback signs.  Sidewalk repair can be funded, however, new sidewalks are typically more expensive than this funding allows.

The District Councils are involved in rating these grant proposals, with the final allocations made by SDOT.

Levy to Move Seattle

The  Levy to Move Seattle provides funding to improve safety for all travelers, maintain our streets and bridges, and invest in reliable, affordable travel options for a growing city.  It was passed in November 2015, extends 9 years, and raises $930 million dollars paid for by property taxes.  Note:  district councils do not have an official role on the oversight committee.

This levy replaces the 9-year, $365 million dollar Bridging the Gap levy.

April 12, 2016 report from the Mayor re:  First 100 Days

The Stranger article April 27, 2016 on cuts in the bike master plan after levy passage.

Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap was a transportation levy passed by voters in November 2006 which expired in 2015.  It primarily funded transportation maintenance backlogs and transit enhancements.

Funding supported projects that implemented the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master plans, created a Safe Routes to School Program, improved transit connections and helped neighborhoods get larger projects built through the Neighborhood Street Fund large project program.  This link shows recent Northwest Seattle and Ballard projects funded.

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