NPLUC Committee Meeting March 14

The next CNC Neighborhood Planning and Land Use Committee meeting will be March 14, 2017

Room 370 at City Hall - 6:30 - 8:30

Special Agenda:  HALA MHA WORKSHOP #2 - Details of zoning change

This Workshop will be  repeat of the SNC event on March 11th and will help participants understand the often confusing and sometimes misleading information coming from City Hall about how MHA will work and where it will apply.  The Workshop will help you comprehend

Neighborhood Matching Fund Changes

Neighborhood Matching Fund announces NEW funding opportunities for community-initiated projects

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ popular Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) offers new funding opportunities for community members in 2017. The program features added flexibility, a simpler application, and faster review and award processing. Its two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the new Community Partnership Fund – continue to support community projects that build stronger neighborhoods and communities such as park improvements, public art, community gardens, cultural festivals, community organizing and so much more. For 2017, the NMF Program has more than $3 million dollars to award to community projects!

The Community Partnership Fund combines two former funds into one (Large Projects and Small / Simple). It provides funding up to $100,000 with three opportunities to apply. Applicants will also receive decisions on their funding requests within eight weeks. The deadlines for the Community Partnership Fund are March 27, June 26, and September 25 by 5 p.m.

The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project (increased from $1,000), and the fund continues to accept applications on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for small community projects or activities such as Neighbor Day, Night Out, Earth Day, Parking Day, Spring Clean and others.

In addition, recurring community events can now be funded every other year instead of only once. To learn more, the Neighborhood Matching Fund team is hosting workshops across the city about the program guidelines, requirements and application process. The workshop dates are:

Wednesday, January 25, 2100 building - The Art Room (2100 24th Avenue South, 98144)

Thursday, February 2 - Phinney Neighborhood Center - Room 6 (6532 Phinney Avenue N, 98103)

Tuesday, February 7 - Neighborhood House - Room 207B (6400 Sylvan Way SW, 98126)

Wednesday, February 15 - Bailey Gatzert Elementary (1301 East Yesler Way, 98122)

Wednesday, March 1 - University Heights - Room 209 (5031 University Way NE, 98105)

To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online at Workshops will be offered throughout the year.

The NMF team is available 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

More than 5,000 projects have occurred across the city since this program began in 1988. 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 both funds, along with instructions for the online application process.

Celebrating Volunteer Passion and Resilience

Happy Holidays! Seattle is renowned for its volunteerism.  For example:

In 2015, residents volunteered over 250,000 hours in neighborhood Parks.
Since 1988, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has awarded more than $49 million to more than 4,000 projects throughout Seattle, generated an additional $72 million of community match, and engaged more than 86,000 volunteers who have donated over 574,000 hours. Many P-Patches have also received awards from the Neighborhood Matching Fund.
759 individuals contributed 25,221 volunteer service hours to The Seattle Public Library in 2015.
The Seattle Animal Shelter is the beneficiary of at least 64 FTEs of volunteer labor to help care for and foster animals.
The City Attorney’s Office relies upon 6,000 volunteer hours from our neighbors to help serve those in need. The Seattle Police Department also relies upon its volunteer network / partnerships.
Seattle’s 60 boards and commissions are comprised of volunteer positions. 
Virtually every city department taps into Seattle's volunteer base....

Thank You! To everyone who volunteers for their neighborhood in any capacity, We commemorate the passion, dedication and RESILIENCE of your volunteer efforts past, present, and future.

Pass It On.....

2016 YE Social - Celebrating Volunteer Resilience

JOIN US! 2016 Year End Social -- Celebrating Volunteer Passion & Resilience
Swing by on Sunday, December 18 to attend this Social and acknowledge the passion and resilience of volunteers who continue to support neighborhood groups, District Councils and communities.

Mix and mingle with neighbors and participate in conversations on a variety of topics, including::

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED: Future of District Councils 11.2016


2017 BUDGET UPDATE – Budget Chair Burgess’ initial balancing package did not include $6,947 for District Council operating support, nor did it include Councilmember Herbold’s proposed amendment to the Mayor’s Community Involvement Commission to provide a formal role for District Councils in reviewing city grant proposals.

WHAT TO DO:  Secure 2 additional Co-Sponsors to move CM Herbold’s proposals (above) forward BY 5 PM TOMORROW, NOV 4TH.  This will allow them to be presented in the Budget Committee November 9/10. 

REMIND CITY COUNCIL: Much of the city’s future public policy agenda requires deliberate and thoughtful public engagement at a neighborhood level, (Move Seattle Transportation Levy; HALA, Seattle Parks District; Seattle 2035 - Comp Plan Implementation; Sound Transit 3 if passed, current Neighborhood Matching and Neighborhood Park/Street Funds).  In order for these initiatives to succeed, a very localized geographic based outreach to neighborhoods will be required.

FUNDING: - Council will soon be voting on the 3rd quarter supplemental budget, which includes $30,000 (copied below) for District Councils and other community and neighborhood-based organizations. Funding for a wide variety of groups is included in this separate ordinance which has not yet been presented publicly.

3Q BUDGET: 2.10 - Neighborhood District Council Technical Assistance (Department of Neighborhoods, General Fund (00100)) - This item adds $30,000 of appropriation authority to the Community Building BCL in the Department of Neighborhoods (DON). These resources will be used to provide technical assistance for community groups, District Council organizations and other community and neighborhood-based organizations. DON will work with organizations to provide assistance with sustainability and organizational development including, but not limited to, training, facilitation, outreach, recruitment, and communications.

NOVEMBER 20 – Mark your calendars for the upcoming District Council Workshop hosted by the North End District Councils – Overview Here   // More info forthcoming



Head's Up Seattle

City Council is at a critical point in the City Budget process

If you believe Neighborhood District Councils provide another valuable connection between the City and your neighborhoods, send an email and/or call Councilmember Burgess TODAY to let him know you support Councilmembers Herbold and Bagshaw's Proposed Amendments to the Mayor's Proposed Budget which: