Latest city neighborhood grants: Polish Home HVAC upgrade, new fence for Howell Street P-Patch

Capitol Hill community center the Polish Home and a neighborhood p-patch have been selected for $75,000 in support from the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund.

The grants are part of $818,698 supporting 21 different community-initiated projects in neighborhoods across the city part of the latest matching fund awards.

the Polish Cultural Center was awarded $48,875 to upgrade 18th Ave’s Dom Polski with a new HVAC system “to enable the community to continue to use this special space for Polish cultural events and community gatherings like National Night Out, Neighborhood Block Parties, and other programs.”

The Polish Home community has pledged nearly $30,000 in financial support and volunteer time as part of the neighborhood fund’s matching component.

Meanwhile, the Howell Street P patch will get a new fence thanks to a $26,151 award. The new fence around the garden area on the edge of Seven Hills Park just off 15th Ave is hoped to “help reduce litter and communicate the intentionality of the area as a space to grow produce while continuing to keep the garden open to the community at large.” Just under $20,000 in community support is being matched in the grant.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund offers grants “to organizations committed to fostering and building our community,” the city says. It has two funds: the Community Partnership Fund, which is currently offered twice a year with awards up to $50,000; and the Small Sparks Fund, which is offered on a rolling basis throughout most of the year with awards of up to $5,000. Learn more at seattle.gov.

2022 Community Partnership Fund Awards—Round Two

$50,000 to Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIPDA) for Murals at 13th and Fir Family Housing to design, develop, and execute large scale public art for a new mixed used building. The project will create art that is impactful and reflective of the immediate neighborhoods’ collective values ​​and diverse community. (Community match: $26,658)

$50,000 to Tigrean Community Association in Seattle for Critical Care for War Related Trauma to provide outreach and resources for Tigreans in Seattle who have lost contact with friends and relatives in Ethiopia. Support includes assistance for chronic health diseases and mental health disturbances. (Community match: $25,000)

$50,000 to Artist Coalition for Equitable Development for On the Block Second Saturdays, a series of six monthly outdoor street markets occurring May through October 2023. Created by and for local BIPOC artists, the free, all-ages event will feature vendors selling handmade goods, vintage fare, street fashion, and more and includes interactive art, community activations, and live music performances. (Community match: $152,340)

$50,000 to Somali Community Services of Seattle for Somali Heritage Fest, an annual gathering beginning with a 4-day soccer tournament and dance extravaganza and culminating with a celebration featuring Somali folk dance, spoken word, music, crafts, food, and more. (Community match: $25,500)

$50,000 for It Takes a Village for Queen Healing and Liberation Project to offer space, resources, and nourishment for changemakers grappling with the challenges of our world. The project will be a hub for transformative work in the fields of health and healing, art and education, and environmental justice committed to the thriving of Black, Indigenous and people of color community members and the liberation of everyone. (Community match: $31,040)

$49,890 for Two Cranes Institute for Streetscape Improvements to remove tree stumps and replace a broken sidewalk to meet ADA requirement and install landscaping elements with a patio to reconnect community pathways and create welcoming areas for people to gather. (Community match: $39,741)

$49,500 to Friends of Roots Without Borders for Music to Build Community, a series of five arts and culture events illuminating the roots of music and dance in the Americas, with programs featuring professional artists of diverse disciplines and cultures and highlighting indigenous music and folkloric dance from Olmec, Zapotec, Maya, Toltec , Aztec, and Lummi peoples. (Community match: $28,160)

$48,875 to Seattle Polish Foundation for HVAC System Replacement at the Polish Cultural Center to enable the community to continue to use this special space for Polish cultural events and community gatherings like National Night Out, Neighborhood Block Parties, and other programs. (Community match: $29,194)

$48,451 to Chinatown International District-Through the Eyes of a Tiger for Through the Eyes of a Tiger, a photo documentary project that explores the Chinatown International District and documents occurrences within the boundaries of this historic neighborhood during the lunar Year of the Tiger. The work will be accessible to the public through a free use website and community art exhibitions. (Community match: $50,580)

$48,242 to Seattle Griot Project for The Seattle Griot Project to offer multimedia training in photo, film, audio, print and web content development to help share and affirm the lived Black history across generations. The project aims at providing a transformational tool for the Black community to present their culture, history, and stories. (Community match: $33,305)

$41,400 to Freeway Park Association for Four Season of Public Art in Freeway Park to support a four-season public art program that will invite artists to produce temporary and interactive art installations and host community art-making workshops in the park. The art will coincide with existing events including Freeway Park in Bloom, Fountain Fest, and Fall Fest. (Community match: $49,988)

$38,180 to Eastlake Tennis Revival for Tennis Court Resurfacing at Rogers Playfield to repair the tennis courts at the Eastlake neighborhood park. The project will provide a safer environment for tennis players, while promoting healthy outdoor activities for all in a space that serves many disadvantaged communities through equitable access to public tennis facilities. (Community match: $19,455)

$35,000 to Friends of BrasilFest for BrasilFest 25th Anniversary to celebrate Brazilian Folklore Day with the annual festival at the Seattle Center in 2023. The event will include music, food, exhibits, dancing, workshops, and children’s activities and provides an opportunity for community members to learn about and participate in Brazilian arts and traditions. (Community match: $18,180)

$34,642 to Gifts of Hope for Community Cultural Winterfest to bring together communities of different nationalities and beliefs to celebrate African American culture. The free event provides an opportunity for South Seattle neighbors to come together to create a collaborative gathering that is open and welcome to all. (Community match: $23,375)

$31,932 to Kids and Paper for STEM Activities & Tutoring for Magnuson Park Kids to expanding their student support program to include STEM activities, tutoring that exposes children to new topics and hands-on learning, and a focus on helping students connect their lessons to real-world applications. (Community match: $33,972)

$29,739 to HONK! Festival West for HONK! Fest West 2023 to produce an accessible community music festival driven by the energetic performances of street bands in public spaces. The free events are held in Georgetown, Columbia City, and Yesler Terrace is organized and performed entirely by volunteers and is free and open to the public. (Community match: $102,935)

$29,720 to Chinese American Legacy Artwork Project Committee for Chinese American Legacy Artwork Project to preserve and share the little-known history of early Chinese settlers in Pioneer Square and Chinatown International District. The funding will support the creation of a digital exhibit, public program, and outreach events to gather and share stories from people impacted by Seattle’s anti-Chinese riots and expulsion. (Community match: $30,320)

$26,151 to Howell Collective Garden for Howell Street P-Patch Fence to build a fence around the P-Patch to help reduce litter and communicate the intentionality of the area as a space to grow produce while continuing to keep the garden open to the community at large. (Community match: $19,860)

$25,600 to Safety and Community at Hanford and 16th for Beacon Hill Neighborhood Traffic Safety Project to improve safety for street users, particularly pedestrians and vulnerable individuals through the installation of mural painted curb bulbs and posts to provide vertical definition to the space. The funding will also support community outreach to residents in the vicinity, recruitment of a muralist, and a neighborhood gathering to celebrate the conclusion of the project. (Community match: $13,030)

$23,056 to The Feels for The Feels Foundation 2023 Annual Showcase to bring diverse creatives and communities together for a safe and inclusive gathering with an art exhibit, vendor market, panel discussion, and live music. The showcase will be held in person as well as streamed online. (Community match: $16,776)

$8,320 to Belltown Community Center Super Heroes for Lunar New Year Art Festival, a 2-month art exhibit that will feature the work of Asian American artists living in Seattle and the Puget Sound area with accommodating themed workshops tailored at makers, artists, and Asian culture. (Community match: $10,860)

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