Neighborhood Matching Fund

In 1988, the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) was created to provide matching dollars for neighborhood improvement, organizing, or projects developed and implemented by community members. Central to NMF is the community match which requires awardees to match their award with contributions from the community whether as volunteer time, donated materials, donated professional services, or cash.  

Since NMF's creation, more than 5,000 community projects throughout Seattle have received over $64 million in funding and generated an additional $72 million from community match.

Who We Fund

Neighborhood groups, community organizations, informal groups, and business groups who want to do a project to build stronger community connections are encouraged to apply.

All applicant groups must be open and inclusive, actively engage diverse community members, and be significantly composed of people who live and/or work in Seattle.

What We Fund

We fund a variety of unique and creative community projects. To be eligible for funding, a project must:

  • involve community members in creating and completing the project; 
  • create community improvements;
  • be free and open to all members of the public;
  • be feasible and ready to begin within 1-2 months from the award date;
  • demonstrate community match;
  • occur within the Seattle city limits;
  • not have received NMF funding within the last two years. (applies only to events)

Community Review

Fill out an an application to become a community reviewer.

Informational Workshops

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting three virtual workshops in 2024 to assist community organizations and neighborhood groups interested in getting funding for their ideas. 

RSVP for a workshop with this form.

July 16, 2024, 10-11:30am

August 3, 2024 10-11:30am

August 14, 2024, 6-7:30pm

Types of Funding

Fund Details Small Sparks Fund Community Partnership Fund
Awards Up to $5,000 Up to $50,000

Applications available on a rolling
basis Jan. 8, 2024 through
Oct. 31, 2024, 11:59pm.

2024 Round One
Jan. 8, 2024 - application open
March 11, 2024, 11:59pm - application deadline

2024 Round Two
July 8, 2024 - application open
Sep. 9, 2024, 11:59pm - application deadline

Notice of Decisions Within four weeks Within six weeks
with City
Within four weeks from award notification date Within five weeks from award notification date


Jenifer Chao, Director
Address: 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor, Seattle, WA , 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA, 98124-4649
Phone: (206) 684-0464
Fax: (206) 233-5142

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