Dept. of Neighborhoods launches Community Resource Hub!

Late last week, we received the following note from Laura Jenkins, the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Good Afternoon,

We’re emailing groups who are participants of the Community Connector to let you know that the Community Resource Hub, an online portal of City resources, information, and tools, has launched! The Community Connector is part of the new Community Resource Hub (seattle.gov/resourcehub). The site includes “how-to” documents, videos, websites, tip sheets, links to discounted City resources, and more to help community members connect and engage with city government and with each other. You can learn more about the Community Resource Hub here. Please share this resource with your contacts and let us know what you think.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. You can also email community.connector@seattle.gov with questions.

Thank you,

Laura Jenkins

Community Engagement Coordinator
Office: 206-684-0320

Cell: 206-437-3735

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

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Hear from Department of Neighborhoods today!

Join us today, Tuesday, June 28th for this month’s meeting!  We will have special guests  from the Department of Neighborhoods!

Kerry Wade, Neighborhood District Coordinator for Southwest and Delridge Districts, will cover (among other things) an upcoming Find-It Fix-It Walk in the Roxhill/Westwood Neighborhoods.  BW Captains are invited to help plan the route!

Her colleague and Neighborhood Matching Fund project manager, Allynn Ruth, will also be there to help us learn how to obtain Small Sparks grants for our Night Out events!

This will be our final meeting before our annual “summer hiatus” — so therefore a great opportunity to pick up any of our safety-related informational materials, 9-1-1 bags, coloring books and stickers, for your Night Out events!

Meeting schedule (Come early, stay late!)
Tuesday, June 28th, 2016, 6:30-8 PM

At the SW Police Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (at Delridge Ave SW, next to Home Depot)

6:00-6:30           Arrive early for light snacks, socializing and networking with each other while we set up the room!
6:30-7:15             Introductions, announcements. Update from SW Precinct leadership.

7:15-7:45             Department of Neighborhoods: Kerry Wade and NMF project manager.

8:00-8:30           Feel free to stay after the meeting to continue your discussions.

Hope to see you there!  Everyone is welcome, even if you aren’t a Block Watch Captain! RSVP appreciated, but not necessary to attend.

Updated, 7/1/16:  Adding West Seattle Blog’s coverage of the meeting, as well as the Guidelines for the Neighborhood Matching Fund grants. Thanks to all of you who attended it and participated!

More about Night Out activities…

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.

Night Out_logo

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.

Regards,

Mark


Mark Solomon
Crime Prevention Coordinator
South & Southwest Precincts
Seattle Police Department

3001 S. Myrtle ST
Seattle, WA 98108

Phone: 206-386-9766
mark.solomon@seattle.gov

Dates to add to your 2015 calendar!

Hi everyone! A belated Happy New Year to you!  Now that January is well underway, we want to note a few important dates for your calendar…starting with our monthly meeting.

Tuesday, 1/27, at 6:30 PM: Our West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN) meetings resume this month at the SW Police Precinct (just southeast of the Home Depot store on Delridge) at 2300 SW Webster Street. We hope you’ll join us! Will post the agenda as soon as it’s final.

Tuesday, 1/20, at 7 PM: The West Seattle Crime Prevention Council (WSCPC) meets one week earlier (3rd Tuesdays) in the same location at 7 PM.

Monday, 2/2, at 5 PM:  Application deadline for the first round of the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) “Small and Simple” Neighborhood Matching Fund grants. Subsequent application deadlines will be on 6/1 and 10/5. Applications for “Small Sparks” grants are accepted year-round. Applications for “Large Project Fund” grants are due on 5/4 this year. You can find additional details and resources for all of the grants here.

Saturday, 2/14/15: Neighbor Appreciation Day is coming up on February 14th! It coincides with Valentine’s Day this year.

Hope your year is off to a great start!

UPDATE, 1/25/15: We’ve since announced the agenda for our January monthly meeting (on January 27th); see it here. As well, we are co-sponsoring a Community Conversation with Seattle Police Chief, Kathleen O’Toole on Tuesday, February 3rd; more details here.

More about Small Sparks grants for Night Out activities…

As we noted in our previous posting, you can apply for a Small Sparks grant to help fund your Night Out activities! Following are some details we received from the Department of Neighborhoods.

Funds available to neighborhoods to support Night Out 2014 activities – Deadline to apply is June 23!

Small Sparks Fund provides matching funds to support community engagement

 Small Sparks informational flyer

If your neighborhood plans to participate in the 30th Annual Night Out on August 5, check out the Small Sparks Fund from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your event and activities.  Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning efforts and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, block bbqs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 23 at 5:00 p.m. (but you need to register on our web-based application system before June 20 to apply).

For information on the application process, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm or call 206-733-9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round.

Night Out is a national Crime Prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more about Night Out, visit www.seattle.gov/police/Nightout/.

 

Learn about Neighborhood Matching Funds! Workshop tonight!

The Neighborhood Matching Fund, a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, is hosting the second of two workshops tonight for those interested in applying to the Small and Simple Projects Fund this June. The Small and Simple Projects Fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups and community organizations for community-building projects.

Workshop details:

Thursday, May 15; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Avenue South, 98144

At the workshop you will get 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 www.surveymonkey.com/s/SASWorkshops.

The deadline for applications is Monday, June 2 at 5:00 PM, but make sure to register early on their web-based application system. There will be one more opportunity to apply to this fund on October 6.

Neighborhood Matching Funds SAS grant poster

Neighborhood Matching Funds SAS grant poster

2014 NMF SAS Workshop Poster, .pdf format

Interested in obtaining a grant for a neighborhood project?

We know that many of you have project ideas in mind for your neighborhood, but could use help with funding.

We received word this week about 2 upcoming grant workshops – one tomorrow Thursday (1/30), one in early February – for the Technology Matching Fund grants with are offered by the Seattle Department of Information Technology (DoIT).  The City of Seattle is accepting applications for matching grants of up to $20,000 per project to increase technology literacy or use of technology tools for civic engagement for Seattle residents.  The deadline to apply is March 12thThe two free grant workshops will each cover the same information: grant basics, how to apply, grant requirements and what makes a successful application.

Workshop details:

            Thursday, Jan. 30, 10 – 11:30 a.m.,
            2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue South, Seattle

            Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6 – 7:30p.m.,
            Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Avenue South, Seattle

This program encourages “community based civic engagement projects that build the digital skills of our residents, raise awareness of city resources online and use the internet, social media and/or mobile devices for community engagement and interaction with government”.  Visit www.seattle.gov/tech/tmf for additional details.

If the project you have in mind does not meet the qualification guidelines above, the Department of Neighborhoods also offers several other types of Neighborhood Matching Funds grants (Small Sparks, Small and Simple, and Large Projects). As we noted recently, they have a deadline for the Small and Simple grants coming up on February 3rd. You can find a schedule of their other deadlines here.