Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Reimagining Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, we have invited community leader and activist, Reagan Jackson, to curate a series of community stories and profiles that both amplify the Black experience right now and imagine a new Black future in Seattle. Stories will be published throughout the month.

Read Reagan’s powerful introduction to the series and keep up with all the stories on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Get Up to $50k in Funding for Your Community Project through the Neighborhood Matching Fund: Applications are now open for funding to support grassroots projects that build stronger communities, with an emphasis on projects led by or impacting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities. Apply for the Neighborhood Matching Fund by March 13, 2023. 

Applications Open for the Working Families Tax Credit: This new annual tax credit can provide up to $1,200 for low to moderate income people in Washington. Undocumented immigrants and mixed status families are eligible for the Working Families Tax Credit. Check your eligibility and apply.

City of Seattle Announces Digital Equity Grant Funding Opportunities: Organizations and community groups working to close the digital divide are encouraged to apply for the Technology Matching Fund. Grants of up to $45,000 will be awarded and require a Community Match of 25% of their funding request with cash, time, or other contributions. Read more about this funding opportunity and apply today!

Grant Opportunities Available to Increase Safety Among Immigrant and Refugee Youths and Families: The newly launched Immigrant Safety Access Network will award approximately $200,000 in grants to community-based organizations supporting immigrants and refugees who are disproportionally impacted by violence and criminal legal systems. Learn more about this collaborative funding opportunity.

Don’t Miss the Seattle Home Fair Virtual and In-Person Events: This year, the Seattle Home Fair will feature six virtual lectures and an in-person event at the Filipino Community Center on February 25. All events are free and open to the public. Check out the event schedule and learn more about the topics covered.

Participatory Budgeting Project Seeks Members for Workgroup Steering Committee: Community-oriented individuals living in Seattle are sought to help create a process that helps community members invest a portion of the City’s budget directly into historically underserved Black communities. See open positions and get information on how to apply.

In The Community

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Black Future Co-Op Fund’s Black Well Being Report Outlines Solutions to Promote Generational Prosperity

At the end of Nov 2022, Black Future Co-op Fund announced the release of Black Well-being: Moving Toward Solutions Together, a report identifying solutions to inequities harming Washington’s Black communities. Written by Black Washingtonians for Black Washingtonians, the report acts as somewhat of an updated extension of a 2015 report by Byrd Barr Place. The Black Well-being report is intended to function as a tool for advocacy and policy change for the investment in community solutions that support Black well-being.

Read more in the South Seattle Emerald.

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Community Navigators Bridge the Healthcare Gap for BIPOC Groups

In King County, public health ambassadors with cultural connections are helping to break down patient/provider barriers. At any one time, King County and Seattle are working with about 30 “community navigators,” many of whom already have deep cultural or neighborhood connections. Working with these navigators allows Public Health officials to tap into established networks and act as a bridge to county resources.

Read more in Crosscut.

Share Your Feedback

Share Your Thoughts on Side Sewer Maintenance Incentives: Seattle Public Utilities is asking for public input on maintenance incentives for side sewers in order to learn what options the community is most likely to use as the program is developed. Provide feedback on maintenance incentives by taking this short survey.

Help Develop a Vision for the Future of South Delridge: Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development is seeking input from community members in Westwood, Roxhill, Highland Park, Delridge, and White Center to help the City focus investments in the coming years. Learn more about the South Delridge Action Plan and take the survey.

Provide Feedback on the West Seattle Ballard Light Rail Extension: There is still time to give feedback on the results of the Chinatown-International District, Downtown, and Interbay/Ballard further study, and learn more about the West Seattle, Duwamish, and SODO further studies. Take the West Seattle Ballard Light Rail Extension Further Studies Survey.

Reimagine Recreation in Seattle! Share Your Feedback on Programs and Services: Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking for feedback to improve community experience with recreation facilities including community centers, teen centers, pools, school-based learning centers, environmental learning centers, and boating and sailing centers. Learn more about how this information will be used and take the survey.

Be Part of Shaping the 2024 Parks and Open Space Plan: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the process of updating the Parks and Open Space Plan to maintain the City’s eligibility for state-administered grants. Get more information about the Plan and learn how you can get involved.