The city wants to help you promote Shop Small Saturday!

Small Business Saturday is November 28, 2015 and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods wants to help you get the word out.  Support Shop Small with funding from the Small Sparks Fund!  Your group can apply for up to $1,000 to promote “Shop Small” in your neighborhood business district.  Online applications are due by October 16, 2015.

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About Shop Small Small Business Saturday

Shop Small and Small Business Saturday are efforts from American Express to promote shopping and dining at locally-owned, independent, small businesses in neighborhood business districts during the holiday season.  Additional information is available HERE.

About the Small Sparks Fund

The Small Sparks Fund provides awards up to $1,000 to support community members in becoming civically engaged. Projects can include neighborhood organizing, membership expansion or numerous other types of activities. All projects must demonstrate its capacity to build a stronger and healthier community, and must:

  • Provide a public benefit and be free and open to all members of the public.
  • Emphasize self-help, with project ideas initiated, planned and implemented by the neighbors and community members who will themselves be impacted by the project.
  • Demonstrate community match.
  • Occur within the Seattle city limits.

Who Should Apply

The Small Sparks Fund is open to formal and informal neighborhood and grassroots community groups with annual organizational budgets of less than $25,000.

How to Apply

Before applying, carefully review the guidelines. You can now apply online.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted year-round and must be received by the Neighborhood Matching Fund office at least six weeks prior to the start of the project. Applicants are notified of award decision within two weeks of application submission.


For more information about the Small Sparks Fund, contact a Neighborhood Matching Fund project manager of visit them on the web HERE.

Neighborhood Matching Fund hosts free workshops for community group

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF), a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, is hosting workshops for community groups interested in learning about the city’s popular Small and Simple Projects Fund. The Small and Simple Projects Fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects.  FREE Money for your great idea!!!

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Each workshop includes 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

The dates are:

  • Wednesday, April 22; 6 – 8 p.m. at Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St. – Multipurpose Room
  • Tuesday, April 28; 6 – 8 p.m. at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S – Room 106
  • Thursday, May 14; 6 – 8 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE – Multipurpose Room

To learn about the Fund, visit The deadline for applications is Monday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m., but be sure to register now to apply. There will be one more opportunity to apply to the Small and Simple Projects Fund in October.

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.