Category Archives: City Funds

March Minutes 2014

The March 20, 2014 General meeting took place at the Cal Anderson Park Shelter House at 6:30 PM. 

Tim Durkan from the city announced that there are three finalists out of 10 projects submitted for the neighborhood grants project. The final winning project for our district will receive $90,000. The three finalists are 1) sidewalk repairs along Madison, 2) Crosswalk improvements on Madison  3) Improvements to the intersection at 23rd and Boyer. See our website for more information.
The Sustainable Capitol Hill organization is looking for unharvested fruit trees they can help harvest this summer and fall. The food will be taken to local food banks. To help or to offer your trees for gleaning, contact
The Transit Coalition announces that Prop. 1 will be on the ballot April 22nd and will restore funding to local Metro tranist. To learn more about this propostion see  The measure will raise $130 million per year for both road maintenance and tranist needs.
The Capitol Hill Champion will hold a public meeting in early June to bring the qualifying developers and the community to discuss the light rail station. Volunteers are needed for this meeting. The Cap Hill Community Council will vote in April as to whether or not we will help support this meeting with a donation of $200 that would be used to purchase food from the Farmers Market for the reception.

We have an opening for a Treasurer and that position could be filled at any time in the coming months or at the general election in July.
Zachary Pullin was elected as our new Member at Large by a unanimous vote of the membership present.

The Stunning Seattle Murals project has been reborn, free of legal snares, and is now called The Seattle Murals Project. We had pledged $200 to this project last year when it was Stunning Seattle Murals but did not give the funds due to the various legal troubles it was having. At this meeting we voted to honor our $200 pledge to this project, which will bring 5 new murals to various Capitol Hill locations.  More info at

Don Harper and Carol Fisher from the Save our Parks group came to speak against the city’s proposed Metroplitan Parks District. It is possible that this topic will be on our voter ballots in August, put there by the city.

The Mayor has recently sent out this information the parks district initiative:
“What’s a park district? Who will govern the park district? Who will provide oversight on how Parks spends taxpayer dollars? Those questions and more are answered in the FAQ onour Seattle Parks Legacy Funding webpage.  “
Amended by laws for the following articles. Changes in bold.

Article IV: final line–

“These boundaries are inclusive of both sides of any street listed as a boundary”

Article V:
“A meeting schedule for the CHCC shall be established by the current CHCC Elected Officers. The Secretary shall take steps to ensure that the community receives notices of forthcoming meetings. Meeting dates will be listed at least once in community-based media such as Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, The Capitol Hill times, Facebook and Twitter, posted electronically via email, the CHCC blog, and posted in public places as applicable such as the Capitol Hill Branch of the Seattle Public Library and local print media if available at no charge.”

Article V sec. 8:

“To ensure that Council meetings run smoothly, items for the next meeting should be received by any member of the Executive Committee by the first Monday of the month.”
Strike last line: Agenda cannot be altered once the meeting has commenced.

Meeting adjourned

Three projects considered for neighborhood funds

From Capitol Hill Seattle blog:

Last week, a Department of Neighborhoods community group considered nine new street and parks project for central Seattle and Capitol Hill. Below, you’ll find the three projects that made it through and are being studied for feasibility by the city to be part of some $1.2 million in funding through the Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund. We’ve also included descriptions of all the proposals just in case you want to rally around one of the passed-over ideas next year or you find something to inspire a similar project in your own neighborhood.


Project 2014-064 would create street, sidewalk and crossing improvements to E Madison for pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle safety at the site where a man was seriously injured in a collision with a cyclist last year.

Project 2014-021 would add curb bulbs and marked cross walks at the busy and frequently-crossed intersection of 23rd Ave and Boyer.

Project 2014-012 would repair a half-block stretch of “heaving” sidewalk on the north side of E Madison between Boren and McDonald’s.

No projects from Capitol Hill were chosen, mainly because only one Capitol Hill project (2014-052) was submitted.

To see all the proposals and read comments from District Coordinator, Tim Durkan, go here.

Capitol Hill Ecodistrict seeks traffic counters

From Capitol Hill EcoDistrict

We are looking for volunteers to count bicycle and pedestrian traffic at key intersections on Capitol Hill on October 1, 2, and 3 in two shifts 7-9am and 4-6pm. This is part of the State Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project.
We are working with Cascade Bicycle Club to coordinate volunteers for Capitol Hill. If you are interested contact abrennan[at] with you availability. By expanding the counts on Capitol Hill, we will be able to better tracker the walkability and bikability of the neighborhood over time.

City of Seattle awards $465,000 in matching funds to support community-initiated projects

Neighborhood Matching Fund awards were announced September 5. Reviewers met in early summer to meet the applicants and to review the projects. Awards were based on the merit of the projects themselves. This year, John Akamatsu was the City Wide Reviewer from the East District.

Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle City Council today announced $465,000 in awards from the Neighborhood Matching Fund for six community-initiated projects. With awards ranging from $41,250 to $100,000, the matching funds go to neighborhood groups for projects as diverse as building play spaces to creating an agriculture demonstration project for youth.

“The Neighborhood Matching Fund reflects the city’s commitment to providing concrete ways to help community members make Seattle a better place to live,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “The fund serves as a resource and catalyst for community members to turn their creative ideas and energy into reality.”

Recipients of the Neighborhood Matching Fund match their awards through a combination of cash, donated materials and expertise, and volunteer labor. This round of Large Projects Fund projects is matching the city’s $465,000 contribution with resources valued at $936,000.

“Community volunteers make these projects happen. They raise the money, donate their time, and reach out to neighbors over the span of several years all in an effort to make improvements to their neighborhood and community,” said Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, chair of the Parks and Neighborhoods Committee. “They truly are committed to fostering and building a better Seattle, and we are richer for it.”

The Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Projects Fund applications are reviewed by the Citywide Review Team (CRT) which recommends the projects to the Mayor and City Council. Made up of volunteers from each of the 13 neighborhood districts, plus four at-large community members, the CRT reviews applications, interviews applicants, and makes funding recommendations. The applications are also reviewed by members from District Councils.

Created to promote and support community-based, self-help projects, the Neighborhood Matching Fund is managed by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Fund has awarded approximately $50 million with a community match of more than $71 million. The next opportunity to apply to the Neighborhood Matching Fund is through its Small and Simple Projects Fund. The deadline for applications is October 7. To learn more, visit

2013 Large Projects Fund Awarded Organizations and Projects:

Central Area Urban Gardeners for the Central Area Urban Gardeners Project

Awarded $67,330; Community match $71,138

Equipment purchase and installation to support a new agricultural demonstration project designed to grow healthy, safe, affordable, organic vegetables indoors. It will involve year-round training and education in food production for youth in the community.

Madison Valley Community Council for the Madison Valley Neighborhood Landmark Construction

Awarded $41,250; Community match $100,000

Construction of a neighborhood landmark sign located at East Madison St and 28th Ave East, the heart of the district. Plans include landscaping, a means to advertise seasonal events, and possible redesign of the intersection crosswalks.

View Ridge Elementary PTA for the View Ridge Playground Project

Awarded $100,000; Community match $130,455

Design and installation of a play/sport court and related amenities, such as seating, natural elements, and drainage improvements to increase the availability of useable and safe play and gathering spaces.

Historic Seattle for the Get Lifted: an Elevator for Washington Hall

Awarded $100,000; Community match $504,900

Outreach, fund raising, and construction of an elevator and tower for this historic landmark to make Washington Hall accessible to the community.

Friends of Lower Kinnear Park for the North Trail Pre-design Work

Awarded $57,500; Community match $29,500

As the second phase of the North Trail project, completion of a Slope Stabilization Study that includes a survey, geotechnical evaluation, and a stormwater and drainage report.

Montlake Family Fitness for the Montlake Family Fitness Project

Awarded $99,290; Community match $100,348

Construction of a 65’ x 80’ (approximate) sport court next to the Montlake Community Center playground and placement of four to five pieces of adult fitness equipment.

– See more at:

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods accepting applications for Small and Simple Projects Fund

From the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods:

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is now accepting applications to the Neighborhood Matching Fund’s Small and Simple Projects Fund. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, October 7.

The Small and Simple Projects Fund provides matching funds of up to $25,000 to support community members as they work together to build a stronger and healthier neighborhood through civic participation. Activities may be physical projects, as well as educational, cultural, and relationship-strengthening activities.

To learn about the guidelines and application process, visit or attend a Neighborhood Matching Fund workshop on Tuesday, September 10 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (104 17th Ave S). To begin the application process, groups need to register first at, our web-based application and fund management system.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has awarded approximately $50 million to neighborhood groups for community projects across the city. To learn more about the Fund, visit

– See more at:

General Meeting Minutes 2/21/13

Capitol Hill Community Council

General Meeting Minutes

February 21, 2013

Meeting started 6:33


Capitol Hill Champion Project Updates and Election of Reps from CHCC

  • Questions and Discussion re: Transparency, Protocols, and Scope of the Champion Project
  • Cathy Hillenbrand – Champion addresses ONLY the Sound Transit site
  • Introductions, questions, and voting on Lisa Kothari and John Akamatsu as CHCC reps to the Capitol Hill Champion
  •     Intros by Lisa and John
  •     Questions
  •     Vote
  • John      81yes.    44no
  • Lisa.      86 yes.    45no

John and Lisa approved as CHCC reps to the Capitol Hill Champion

Micro housing Update

  •  A small group met with City Council staff
  • Jeffrey Cook and Michele Gomes are the point people
  • City Council wanted to know concerns and impact
  • (So-called apodments are being built at a rapid pace without normal protocols because a building with in fact 64 residents with individual rental agreements can be built calling itself an 8 unit building)
  • Some issues: no neighborhood notification, no chance for engagement with the developer, no potential for design review, etc.)
  • The City Council is listening, but no direct action as of yet, such as amending and cleaning up building/zoning/construction guidelines and classifications, or no building moratorium until such loopholes is fixed.
  • Further meetings with City Council will be posted on the CHCC website

Treasurers Report

  • We need a new web host very soon.
  • Voted on whether to spend approx.$14 per month on web hosting
  • Vote passed. Yes on expenditure for web hosting.

A reminder that CHCC will continue to use public space for meetings, and will not be renting space.

By-laws Review Committee Update

  • (We are required to do this every three years and are overdue.)
  • -So far have found some grammatical and language errors.
  • -Need to discuss whether to modify our boundaries (so as to not include Montlake)
  • -Need to discuss whether to increase the quorum needed to do business from only four to something higher, perhaps twelve.
  • -More work to be done. When we get closer, it will be presented at one or more meetings, and then after all discussion and further modifications, a vote will occur at the following meeting – a 2/3rd majority is needed to pass.


  • Twelfth Avenue Arts Complex groundbreaking took place today
  • We are considering having an Arts Forum at Capitol Hill Community Council where artists and arts organizations can come present what they are up to on the Hill.
  •  Related to this, there may be a Cultural Overlay District possible for Capitol Hill, contact Nick Licata’s office for more information.
  •  Art Blitz is coming, stay tuned
  •  To apply for inclusion of your art project in the Broadway Windows Project, send in proposals by March 14

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Presentation and Discussion

Planning Commission representatives Kevin McDonald and Katie Sheehy

  • Amending comprehensive plan is the goal.
  • Moving policy ideas re: TOD forward into Comprehensive Plan
  • Meld development, planning, and transit “nodes’.
  • Both stated the Comprehensive Plan needs some “modest” changes in order to further the TOD agenda.
  • Want to look at walking distance and walking time to transit nodes.
  • Intend to provide a framework for further development.
  • Supporting dense, mixed use policies and make sure this happens in other neighborhoods.
  • What are components of liveability?  Stay tuned, much neighborhood input will be needed here.
  •  Question: Will this eventually include a push to significantly upzone a large part of Capitol Hill, and/or also change this same large section to Neighborhood Commercial?

Adjourned 8:15

19th and Madison Park

A new park is coming to 19th and Madison. Although on the edge of the Capitol Hill Community Council boundary, this is a great chance to influence this very urban park.

Hearing Speech and Deafness Center

1625 19th Ave
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013   Brainstorm Ideas
Tuesday, April 16, 2013   Look at Concepts
Tuesday, May 28, 2013   Review Schematic Design


12th Avenue Bridging the Gap Neighborhood Streets Fund Application

From Erin Abu-Rish

Hi John,

 I wanted to share the exciting news that our bridging the gap grant to implement the 12th Ave East Transportation Safety Report recommendations at the 12th and Olive and 12th and Howell intersections was selected as one of three projects from the East District Council to move forward to the next step of SDOT cost estimation.  We [Mike Mariano, Alex Brennan, and I] proposed improving accessibility at the intersections as well as study of wayfinding and lighting improvements to better visually connect Cal Anderson and the new TOD site to 12th and the Pike/Pine Corridor.

Still a ways to go before finding out of the project will be funded but I wanted to let you know so that you can perhaps share the update at the Community Council Meeting tomorrow.  I am not able to attend but thought people would like to hear the good news that our project is still in the running.

 Here’s a link to the bridging the gap funding mechanism page with more information re: timeline, etc. in case people are interested:

Please let me know if you have any questions.



2013 Neighborhood Parks & Street Fund (formerly the Neighborhood Projects Fund)

Application deadline is February 4, 2013

The Neighborhood Parks & Street Fund (NPSF) can be used for projects valued up to $90K to fund park or street improvements.  Examples of park projects include: playground improvements, trail upgrades, tennis or basketball court repaving, park benches or tables, natural area renovations, and accessibility improvements. Examples of street projects include: crossing improvements such as marked crosswalks, curb ramps, and pedestrian countdown signals; and traffic calming, such as traffic circles, median islands, and speed feedback signs. This funding source may be used for sidewalk repair and, rarely, for short segments of sidewalk construction (less than 100 feet, or one third of a block). New sidewalks are typically more expensive than this funding allows.

The NPSF is a competitive process and the proposals are evaluated in three steps. First, each Neighborhood District Council reviews the applications and selects three projects based on the following: positive impact to the neighborhood as a whole, the support of the neighborhood, and whether other funding sources are leveraged for the project. Their selections are forwarded to Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Seattle Parks and Recreation for feasibility and cost analyses. Next, each Neighborhood District Council uses this information to prioritize among their three projects. Finally, city staff makes funding recommendations based on this information, in addition to considering a fair distribution of projects across the city.

Download Fact Sheet and Application Below:

2013 Fact Sheet
2013 Application

 SDOT has created a list of approximate project costs per project type.

To learn more about the fund or to propose a project, visit Both residential and business groups are encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact your Neighborhood District Coordinator.