As we noted in our previous posting, you can apply for a Small Sparks grant of up to $1000 to help fund your neighborhood’s Night Out activities, but you need to begin the application process today (Friday, June 19th)! Following is the information we received about this from Mark Solomon, our Crime Prevention Coordinator.
Dear Community Friends –
Tuesday August 4th, the City of Seattle will be celebrating the 31st Annual Night Out Against Crime. Our registration link for Night Out 2015 is now active. Please go to: http://www.seattle.gov/police/nightout/default.htm
Night Out is a national crime prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities. Neighbor participation in Night Out continues to grow every year. In 2014, over 1,400 Night Out events were registered city-wide. It’s fun, it’s free and it’s a great chance to reconnect with neighbors and share information with each other while learning more about crime prevention. Getting together with your neighbors, recommitting to watch out for each other, and reaffirming you will report suspicious activity to police are ways to show you care about your community. You do not need to be in an active Block Watch to hold a Night Out event. However, if you would like to form a block watch, please indicate that on your registration (we have a check box for that).
Department of Neighborhoods Funding Available To Support Your Night Out Event
If your neighborhood plans to participate in the 31st Annual Night Out on August 4th, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your event.
The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m., but you must register first in our web-based application system by June 19 to apply.
For information on the application process, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm, or call 206-733-9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round.
We look forward to seeing you at Night Out 2015.
Crime Prevention Coordinator
South & Southwest Precincts
Seattle Police Department
3001 S. Myrtle ST
Seattle, WA 98108