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.

The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle

Levy to Move Seattle

Join SDOT Director Scott Kubly for a cup of coffee and informal conversation at a local coffee shop:
Central District: Starbucks
2300 South Jackson
Monday, April 13, 2 – 3 PM
Chinatown/International District: Eastern Café
510 Maynard Ave S
Tuesday, April 14, 8 – 9 AM
Lake City: Kaffeeklatsch Seattle
12513 Lake City Way NE
Friday, April 17, 8 – 9 AM
South Park: Via Vadi Caffèe
8600 14th Avenue S
Monday, April 20, 8 – 9 AM
Fremont: Milstead & Co Coffee
770 N 34th St
Thursday, April 23, 1 – 2 PM
Sign up for an online meeting we’ll host on April 20, 6 – 6:45 PM, where you’ll hear from SDOT Director Scott Kubly and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Get Involved: What Moves You, Seattle?

There are many ways you can get involved in the discussion

  • Learn about the levy: Check out all of our materials, including a short video, presentation, and common questions.
  • Share your input: Take this short survey to tell us what you think of the proposal and share your transportation
  • Participate in a community conversation: SDOT will host three open houses around Seattle to give community members an opportunity to learn more, ask questions, and provide feedback:
  • Attend a neighborhood/community meeting: We’ll be presenting the draft proposal at district council and other standing community meetings that are open to the public.
  • Contact us with any questions or comments, or to request a briefing with your organization: Allison Schwartz, Levy Outreach Lead, at or (206) 386-4654

Calendar of Events (calendar will continue to be updated):

Date Event Time Location
4/20/15 Online Open House 6 – 6:45 PM Register online, see above.
4/19/15 West Seattle Farmers Market 10 AM – 2 PM California Ave SW & SW Alaska
4/20/15 Coffee with Scott Kubly 8 – 9 AM Via Vadi Caffee
8600 14th Avenue S
4/21/15 Seattle Freight Advisory Board 9:30 – 11:30 AM Seattle City Hall
600 4th Avenue
Room L-280
4/22/15 Greater Duwamish District Council 6:30 PM Georgetown City Hall
6202 13th Ave S
4/22/15 Southeast District Council 6:30 PM Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Ave S
4/22/15 Northwest District Council 7 PM Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St
4/23/15 Coffee with Scott Kubly 1 – 2 PM Milstead & Co Coffee
770 N 34th St
4/23/15 Drop-in session – Rainier Community Center 5 – 7 PM Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Ave S
4/25/15 U District Farmers Market 9 AM – 2 PM University Way NE between 50th & 52nd
4/26/15 Fremont Sunday Market 10 AM – 5 PM Corner of 3410 Evanston Ave North
4/26/15 Broadway Farmers Market 11 AM – 3 PM Broadway Ave E and E Pine St
4/26/15 Ballard Farmers Market 10 AM – 3 PM 5345 Ballard Ave NW
4/26/15 West Seattle Farmers Market 10 AM – 2 PM California Ave SW & SW Alaska
5/6/15 Columbia City Farmers Market 3 – 7 PM 37th Ave S and S Edmunds St

For more information visit:

Free rabies vaccination at Seattle Animal Shelter — Friday April 24th.

The Seattle Animal Shelter hosts a pet licensing and vaccination clinic from 3-6 p.m. on FRIDAY APRIL 24th. Bring your cat or dog to the shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle, and receive a free rabies vaccination with the purchase or renewal of the pet’s license. These monthly “Protect Your Pet” events are held in partnership with Good Neighbor Vet, which provides the vaccinations in its mobile unit.


Beginning with the Feb. 27 Protect Your Pet event, the mobile clinic will be temporarily relocated from the shelter’s main parking lot to a spot adjacent to the canine corral, on the west side of the shelter building. The Seattle Animal Shelter recently began construction activities for its cat and critter rooms remodel project, and the shelter’s main parking lot is temporarily unavailable. Customer parking has also been redirected to the gravel parking lot across West Armory Way. These impacts are expected through summer 2015.

Seattle is a very pet-friendly city, yet despite the benefits of licensing, many pets remain unlicensed. The Seattle Animal Shelter relies on pet licensing information to help return lost animals to their families. Pet license fees also directly support the lifesaving work of the shelter, which boasts a 93 percent gold standard save rate, houses a low-cost spay and neuter clinic and enforces animal welfare laws throughout the city.

“With our monthly clinics, we hope to draw attention to the importance of protecting our cats and dogs with regular health care and current identification,” said Don Jordan, Seattle Animal Shelter director.

Cats and dogs are required to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies under Seattle Municipal Code 9.25.050 and Washington Administrative Code 246-100-197. One- to two-year pet license fees range from $20 to $37 for spayed and neutered pets and $30 to $69 for unaltered pets.

The Protect Your Pet events offer services on a first-come, first-served basis. All dogs must be leashed, and all cats must be in carriers. Previous vaccination records are not required, but you are encouraged to bring them, if available. Additional vaccinations and microchips will be available for an added fee.

For more information and updates, please see and

Pedestrian Safety Improvements: 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place

Update received today from SDOT regarding the Pedestrian Safety Improvements at 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place


Dear Neighbor,

I am writing with news about the project to build pedestrian improvements at NW 55th Place and 3rd Avenue NW as part of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Neighborhood Street Fund Program.

We finalized the design for this project in late 2014 and I am excited to announce that we will soon begin construction for this work.

As you may know, this project includes the following elements:

  • Changing NW 55th Place to one-way southwest-bound
  • Creating an all-way stop at the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street to improve pedestrian crossing safety
  • Separating NW 55th Place from the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street
  • Adding curb bulbs on the west and east sides of NW 56th Street and 3rd Avenue NW to shorten the length of pedestrian crossings
  • Replacing the school zone flashing beacon on 3rd Avenue NW to improve reliability
  • Making minor drainage improvements

We will also upgrade the curb ramps at this intersection to be compliant with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. This project is funded by the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation levy, passed by voters in November 2006 and scheduled to expire at the end of this year.

Construction details
Construction for this project will take approximately 6 weeks to complete, weather depending. We anticipate the work will start as soon as mid-April, depending on the construction sequencing. We are currently experiencing some delays in the contracting process but are continually working to move this project forward. Although the construction details and schedule are not yet finalized, you can expect the following temporary impacts during this work:

  • Short-term parking and lane restrictions on NW 56th Street, NW 56th Place and 3rd Avenue NW
  • Pedestrian and bicycle detours around the work areas
  • Noise, dust and vibration associated with concrete removal and paving
  • Typical weekday work hours, 7 AM to 4 PM

Our team is committed to keeping you informed and we will share construction details with you as they become available. Residents and businesses in the area will receive a postcard approximately two weeks prior to the start of work and crews will place “No parking” signs near the work zones 72 hours before construction. You can learn more about the project background and impacts by visiting the project webpage at

Please feel free to forward this email to any parties you think will be interested or share this link to sign up for project email updates. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns by responding to this email or calling 206-615-0925.

Thank you for your support in helping improve safety and accessibility on our city’s streets.

Rachel McCaffrey
Outreach Lead

Neighborhood Street Fund Program