Saturday, June 10, 2006

Mayor Nickels Awards over $190,000 to Neighborhood Projects

Mayor Nickels Awards over $190,000
to Neighborhood Projects

SEATTLE — Mayor Nickels announced funding for 17 neighborhood projects through the Department of Neighborhoods’ Matching Fund. This season’s awards include projects from all over the city and range from park, playground and street improvements to art projects and community building.

“These awards show the great spirit of community that is alive and thriving in each of our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Nickels. “These groups and their projects are accomplishing great things for their neighborhoods.”

Four times a year, Small and Simple Project Fund Awards are given to groups committed to building a better community by matching public funds with locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor. The 17 awards totaling $190,859 range from $1,550 to $15,000. In addition to the city’s contribution to the projects, the communities will “match” the city’s dollars with local resources valued at $238,821.

“The people who carry out these projects make a huge difference for their neighborhoods and our city. Their work creates a more livable Seattle by improving our parks, making our streets safer and providing art for everyone to experience and enjoy.” said Councilmember Sally Clark.

Bernie Matsuno, Acting Director of Neighborhoods, said, “We have a great mix of projects from all over the city. They include design and planning, playground renovations in time for summer, and public art projects.”

The Small and Simple Projects Fund is one of four components of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, and provides awards $15,000 and under to support community driven projects that take up to six months to complete. Seattle neighborhoods have completed more than 2500 projects in the last 16 years using as little as $100 and as much $100,000 from the Neighborhood Matching Fund.

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