Mayor awards $1.3 million for neighborhoods

Mayor awards $1.3 million for neighborhoods
The North Seattle Boys and Girls Club is one of 19 neighborhood projects to receive funding from the city of Seattle.
SEATTLE – Mayor Greg Nickels announced 19 neighborhood projects that will receive more than $1.3 million in matching funds from the Department of Neighborhoods.

The money will support projects across the city as diverse as public art, parks improvements and youth development. A ceremony and celebration was held Saturday for the award recipients at the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club.

"These awards recognize the dedication and hard work of community members working together to improve their neighborhoods," said Nickels. "These projects will truly make a difference in people’s lives."

The Department of Neighborhoods' Large Projects Fund annually provides cash awards of up to $100,000 to neighborhood organizations. The funding is matched by locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor.

The 2009 awards range from $28,000 to $100,000, and communities have pledged to match the city’s $1.3 million contribution with resources valued at nearly $1.9 million.

Since the program was created 21 years ago, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has awarded over $42 million with a community match of more than $64 million.

Projects have involved nearly 65,000 volunteers who have donated over 400,000 work hours.

For a listing of the 2009 award recipients, visit http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/2009LPFAwardsList.pdf.