Ballard Neighborhood Greenways Open House Tomorrow

24 03 2014


The Ballard Greenways folks are seeking your input at tomorrow night’s meeting to evaluate a potential north-south route through Ballard along NW 16th, 17th or 18th Avenues NW from Salmon Bay to Soundview Playfield. Come learn more and provide your input. Check out the City’s site here, for more details. If you can’t attend, but still want to provide input, you can contact these folks:

Emily Ehlers, Project Manager at or (206) 684-8264
Dawn Schellenberg, Community Engagement Liaison at or (206) 684-5189


Get Prepared at March 6 SNAP Meeting

28 02 2014


Get some money from the City to improve your neighborhood Park or Street

26 12 2013

Street funds were used to improve crossing and beautification at 14th and NW 58th

The city of Seattle is now accepting proposals to the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF) which supports improvements to neighborhood parks and streets proposed by the community. The deadline for applications is February 3, 2014. The NPSF can be used for projects valued up to $90,000.

Examples of park projects include playground improvements, trail upgrades, sport court resurfacing, natural area renovations, and accessibility improvements.

Examples of street projects include crossing improvements such as marked crosswalks, curb ramps, and pedestrian countdown signals; and traffic calming, such as traffic circles and speed feedback signs. The EBCA was awarded street funds, to create the  elevated crosswalk and rain gardens across 14th at NW 58th. The West Woodland community received funds last year to improve the 5-way intersection at 3rd, 56th and 55th. These were all neighborhood initiated projects. What’s your idea? We’d like to hear from you!

To learn more about the fund or to propose a project, visit Any individual, neighborhood group, or business group is eligible and encouraged to apply. Please contact the EBCA and we can help you with putting your proposal together.

For additional questions, contact your Neighborhood District Coordinator or Wendy Watson at 206-684-0719.

Dates announced for Neighborhood Matching Fund opportunities to support community-initiated projects

18 12 2013


On December 17,  Seattle Department of Neighborhoods announced theNeighborhood Matching Fund opportunities for 2014.
All three funding programs of the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) – Small Sparks, Small and Simple Projects Fund, and the Large Projects Fund – support the efforts of community members as they work on projects to build stronger neighborhoods and communities.
The NMF program has staff to advise community groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. Community members are strongly encouraged to contact a Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager before applying at 206-233-0093 or


Small Sparks Fund
The Small Sparks Fund which provides awards of up to $1,000 per project accepts applications year-round at least six weeks prior to the proposed project implementation date. This is great funding opportunity for implementing small community projects as well as supporting efforts such as Neighbor Appreciation Day, National Night Out, Earth Day, and others.


Small and Simple Projects Fund
The Small and Simple Projects Fund which provides awards of up to $25,000 has three opportunities to apply. The deadlines for applications are February 3, June 2, and October 6, 2014. For those interested in applying in February, NMF staff is hosting workshops about the guidelines and application process. The dates are as follows:
  • Saturday, January 11; 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry Street
  • Tuesday, January 14; 6 – 8 Ravenna Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave NE
  • Thursday, January 23; 6 – 8 p.m. at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S


To RSVP, call  206-733-9916 or go online at Childcare and interpreters can be arranged for workshop participants who RSVP and request these services at least 72 hours in advance. Additional workshops will be offered prior to each Small and Simple Fund application deadline in 2014.

Large Projects Fund
The Large Projects Fund (LPF) which awards up to $100,000 per project is open to applications once a year. The deadline is May 5, 2014. It is mandatory for interested community groups to attend one of the six LPF workshops offered before applying. The workshops will be provided on February 20, 25; March 20, 25; and April 8 and 10, 2014. More details on times and locations will be available on our website in January.
To learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund and its support to community-initiated projects, visit The website provides details on the criteria and requirements for each fund, along with instructions for the online application process.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods provides programs and services that engage residents in civic participation, foster stronger communities, make government more accessible, and preserve and enhance the character of Seattle’s neighborhoods. 

Get some funds to celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day

11 12 2013


Neighbor Appreciation Day is Seattle’s annual recognition of great neighbors. Celebrate by planning an activity in your neighborhood. It might be eligible for the Small Sparks Fund, which supports projects that connect and engage people in Seattle communities.

Some Community Project Ideas:

·       Neighborhood Clean-up
·       Emergency Preparedness Training
·       Community Resource Fair
·       Sporting and Recreational event
·       Arts and Cultural Sharing

 Small Sparks application for Neighbor Appreciation Day are due January 8, 2014.

For Neighbor Appreciation Day information and ideas, visit
For information about the Small Sparks Fund, visit


Pics of East Ballard Rain Gardens Salmon Signs

17 11 2013

Thank-you to our volunteers who helped Cari Simson assemble and place the student-created salmon-inspired signs along 11th Ave NW yesterday. These signs follow along the creek that runs under the street where salmon used to swim. Be sure to take a stroll along 11th between NW 65th and Market to admire the fish and read the back for information about the East Ballard Rain Gardens Project.

Join us this Saturday to install salmon-inspired art in the neighborhood

14 11 2013

As part of the ongoing East Ballard roadside rain gardens project, the folks at Antioch University have teamed up with India Carslon’s students at the Ballard High School to create salmon-inspired painted signs to be installed in the planting strips along 11th Ave NW between NW 65th and Market St that follow the route of the creek that flows under the street.

If you’re interested in learning more about these discoveries and just need a good excuse to get outside and spend time with neighbors, join us:

East Ballard roadside rain gardens art installation walk
Saturday 11/16 2pm (or 1pm if you want to help assemble the signs)
Meet at the Ballard High School Greenhouses on 15th Ave NW just north of NW 65th.
We’ll walk from there with the Salmon signs to 11th to begin installation. Got a rubber mallet or a wagon to help carry the signs, please bring! contact Cari Simpson for more information.



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