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Neighborhood Projects Benefit the Environment

NMF-park-projectSeattle’s neighborhoods continue to come up with great ideas for projects that benefit the community and our environment. The latest Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple project awards were announced a week ago providing $346,000 to community recipients dedicated to improving life in Seattle.

Here are a few examples of how the latest awards benefit the environment:

  • Add an edible plant garden, new plants, and improve native plant garden at West Woodland School and Community Gardens
  • Build 6 community gardens, install a 100′ edible walkway at Labateyah United Indians Youth Home, host a community celebration, and provide gardening workshops for residents
  • Design development for Cayton Corner Park, a new pocket park in the Central District
  • Create a series of micro-parks with sculptural benches and plantings in South Lake Union
Recipients of the fund match their awards through a combination of locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund has provided funding to the city’s neighborhoods for the past 26 years. Approximately 5,000 projects have been completed by neighborhoods and communities with the help of NMF, and its contribution to neighborhoods can be seen across the city – from the Fremont Troll to Georgetown’s Hat n’ Boots.

There are two more times to apply this year to the Small and Simple Projects Fund with deadlines on June 2 and October 6. In the meantime, if you have an idea for a project, large or small, to inspire your neighbors to take actions that address climate change, be sure to check out our Community Climate Projects. Applications for large projects (up to $10,000) are due April 22. Small (up to $500) projects can be applied for all year.