We all know that as the Center of the Universe Fremont is nearly perfect, but you can help make it even better with City matching funds  that support community-initiated projects. Deadline for applications is October 6. Here’s more:

The Neighborhood Matching Fund, a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, is hosting three workshops for those interested in applying to the Small and Simple Projects Fund this October. The Small and Simple Projects Fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups and community organizations for community-building projects.

At the workshop you will get an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online at surveymonkey.com/s/NMFWorkshop. Childcare and interpreters can be arranged when you RSVP and request these services at least 72 hours in advance. The workshops are open to all:

Tuesday August 12 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, 98107

Tuesday September 9 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave E, 98112

Tuesday September 16 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE, 98125

To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm. The deadline for applications is Monday, October 6 at 5:00 p.m., but make sure to register early on our web-based application system.

In addition to attending one of the workshops, applicants should also plan on working closely with a Neighborhood Matching Fund staff at least one month before the deadline in order to develop a strong application. Staff is available to discuss project ideas and review draft applications. Please call 206-233-0093 or email NMFund@seattle.gov to reach an NMF staff member.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program awards matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its goal is to build stronger and healthier neighborhoods through community involvement and engagement. Every award is matched by a neighborhood’s contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials, in-kind professional services, or cash.