Neighborhood Matching Grant Program

The 2024 Neighborhood Matching Grant Application Window is now closed.

Congratulations to the following neighborhoods who applied and were awarded grants for 2024:
  • Central Houghton Neighborhood Association
  • Everest Neighborhood Association
  • Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance
  • Highlands Neighborhood Association
  • Juanita Neighborhoods, The
  • Lakeview Neighborhood Association
  • Moss Bay Neighborhood Association
  • Norkirk Neighborhood Association
  • North Rose Hill Neighborhood Association
  • South Rose Hill & Bridle Trails Neighborhood Association


The next grant application window opens February 3, 2025 and closes April 30, 2025

More about the program

The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program is a reimbursable grant that provides Kirkland neighborhoods the opportunity to apply for City funds to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. Neighborhood matching grant funds have resulted in many physical improvements in the neighborhoods as well as community building activities. This is an annual program where neighborhoods submit their projects for approval by April 30th of each year. Once projects are approved, and an agreement is signed, then neighborhoods can commence with their approved projects. The neighborhoods then apply for reimbursement following the 'Payment Procedures - How to Get Reimbursed' instructions in the drop-down menu section below. Once neighborhoods submit expense receipts for these completed projects, then the neighborhoods are reimbursed per the signed agreement. Please read below the important dates and steps to follow in this online process.

Funding Criteria 

Proposed projects will be evaluated on their scope and quality. To be eligible, projects must meet the following conditions:

How to Apply

The Neighborhood Association Matching Grant Process is now completely digital. The City of Kirkland has partnered with FORWARD to make the overall experience easier. Below is a tutorial video to help guide you through the process of creating an account and submitting an application through the portal. We highly recommend watching the tutorial video, whether a first-time user or as a refresher on the process. Once you have created an account, the following steps are required to continue the process to apply for this reimbursable grant. (These steps below are explained in greater detail in the video).

1. Create an account on the FORWARD portal. To access the portal link, scroll down to 'Ready to Apply?"

2. Complete the application (this includes uploading board minutes that approve your projects for the year)

3. FORWARD then sends you a link to complete the Project Report where you detail planned projects and estimated expenses.

4. Once your projects are approved, the City will then send you the Neighborhood Matching Grant Agreement for signatures.

5. Approved projects can only begin once the agreement is fully signed.

6. At the end of the year, submit your receipts for expenses on those approved projects. Watch the deadline to submit receipts.

Please note that only approved projects covered by a signed matching grant agreement are eligible for reimbursement.


Ready to apply?  Please follow this link Neighborhood Matching Grant Application Portal

Have any questions for the neighborhood association liaison?  Email Erika Mascorro, DEIB Manager/City of Kirkland at

Once Neighborhood Associations have received approval of their projects and have received a copy of the fully executed agreement, they may commence with their approved projects.

Eligible Projects

Eligible Matching Grant projects fall into five categories:

  • Community Building Events: Neighborhood picnics, July 4 parade entry, holiday events, outdoor health/recreation (walking, biking, running) events, and emergency preparedness fairs.
  • Communications and Operations: Neighborhood website, mailings, newsletters, meeting space, and administrative costs.
  • Physical Improvement Projects: Landscape beautification, playground and minor park improvements, tree planting, and clean-up.
  • Neighborhood Identity Projects: Signage and neighborhood entrance beautification, banners, and public art.
  • Leadership Training and Education: Sponsorship of board members or residents to leadership and training opportunities; for example, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).


Neighborhood Association Criteria

  • Be located in the City of Kirkland.
  • Have boundaries contiguous with the City's neighborhood designations.
  • Be incorporated as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.
  • Have a majority of the organization's members living or operating businesses in the neighborhood.
  • Have a Board of Directors and neighborhood association bylaws. 
  • Have open membership to all neighborhood residents.
  • Actively seek membership and not discriminate.
  • Have the primary role in the Neighborhood Matching Grant program.
  • Have a minimum of five neighborhood residents involved in the proposed Neighborhood Matching Grant project.

Note: Individuals, single businesses, city-wide organizations, social services, fraternal and religious groups, political groups, and public agencies are not eligible as applicants. However, eligible neighborhood organizations are encouraged to form partnerships with these ineligible groups to plan and implement projects. The neighborhood organization must be the lead applicant and have the primary role in the partnership.



Matching Grant Project Criteria

  • Provide public benefit to the neighborhood.
  • Demonstrate a need and support for the project.
  • Fulfill Matching Grant contribution.
  • Take place within Kirkland’s neighborhood boundaries.
  • Involve neighborhood residents directly in all phases.
  • Accomplished in two (2) years or less.
  • Maintained by neighborhood volunteers (if applicable).

Important notes: Funds cannot be used to supplant the association’s operating budget. Funds may not be used for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election of any person to any office or for the promotion of or opposition to any ballot proposition.

Project Tips, Ideas, and Restrictions

The following project tips and ideas can help build community and make the most of limited Matching Grant funds. For example:

  • Partner with another neighborhood for your summer picnic.
  • Share equipment and/or supplies with another neighborhood for your summer picnic.
  • Procure donations for coffee, food, and picnic prizes from Kirkland businesses and acknowledge their contribution.
  • Donate left-over food from events to local food banks.
  • Choose picnic games and activities that do not need equipment or outside vendors.
  • Instead of mailings, use e-mail and/or your website to publicize special events. (Neighborhood Services event signs are also available.)
  • Go green when planning your neighborhood meeting or event. For example:
    • Use compostable products.
    • Find alternatives to Styrofoam.
    • Do not use balloons.
    • Use reusable containers for beverages.
    • Buy bulk items (reduces packaging).
    • Use recyclable tablecloths.
    • Mark at least one garbage can “Recycle.”

The following items will not be reimbursed:

  • Refreshments or supplies for neighborhood meetings
  • Costly or extravagant food items    
  • Alcohol
  • Police and Fire staff
  • Projects without prior approval
  • Gifts/cards to board members (or residents) 
  • Flowers
  • Investments (such as land purchases) and any costs associated


Matching Grant Contribution

The Neighborhood Association Matching Grant program is awarded on a merit basis and per capita basis. For every dollar requested from the Matching Grant Program, the neighborhood must match the value of the amount requested.

The following items can qualify for matching funds:

  • Donated professional services
  • Donated materials or supplies
  • Volunteer labor
  • Cash

The following are some basic requirements for developing a neighborhood match package:

  • The value of the neighborhood’s match must equal or exceed the amount requested from the Matching Grant Program.
  • The amount and type of match must be appropriate to the needs of the project.
  • Proposed match must be expended during the life of the grant neither prior to an award nor after the project’s contract has ended.
  • Assistance from City staff or funds from elsewhere in the City cannot be counted as a match contribution.
  • Time spent preparing the grant application or fundraising cannot be counted as a match contribution.
  • At least 25% of the neighborhood’s match must come from the neighborhood itself, as opposed to other funders, the School District, or other public/government entity.
  • All volunteer labor is valued at $40.28 an hour per the Independent Sector Value of Volunteer Time by State Report for 2023.
  • Professional services, if needed for the project, are valued at the “reasonable and customary rate.”
  • The neighborhood match must be specifically described on the Neighborhood Match Log and signed by the neighborhood chair or president.
  • Neighborhood Association meeting preparation or attendance (including planning and agenda preparation) cannot be counted as a match contribution.
  • City meeting attendance (e.g., Council, boards and commissions, public outreach) cannot be counted as a match contribution.


How To Apply

The Neighborhood Association Matching Grant Process is now completely digital. The City of Kirkland has partnered with FORWARD to make the overall experience easier. Below is a tutorial video to help guide you through the process of creating an account and submitting an application through the portal.


Ready to apply?  Please follow this link Neighborhood Matching Grant Application Portal

Once Neighborhood Associations have received approval of their projects and have received a copy of the fully executed agreement, they may commence with their approved projects.

For questions, please contact Don Robinson.


Matching Grant Program Agreement

After projects have been approved by the City, the Neighborhood Chair will receive a Matching Grant Program Agreement for electronic signature. The agreement outlines the scope of work, funding, and reporting requirements under the grant program and reflects the neighborhood's proposed work plan and budget included in the Matching Grant application. Once the agreement is fully signed, the Neighborhood Association may only then commence with their approved projects outlined under the agreement.

Payment Procedures - How to Submit for Reimbursement

Matching grant funds will be released to the Association on a reimbursement basis. Funds are typically dispersed within two weeks of your online reimbursement submission with copies of approved invoice/receipt. These funds may only be used to support the activities described in your proposed work plan and budget. Significant changes in your program or budget must be approved by the City representative before funds are expended. Reimbursement request submission is now completely digital through your online account through the Neighborhood Matching Grant Program Portal.

Submit for reimbursement 


Completing the Final Report

The Final Report has two purposes:

  1. The Final Report should document that all elements of the contract between the City and the grant recipient have been fulfilled. This documentation should include proof that City funds were used responsibly and as intended.
  2. The Final Report should highlight the achievements realized through the grant. The City will use the information included in the Final Report to inform the City Council, the media, and interested citizens about the grant program. The Final Report is also an opportunity for grant recipients to let the City know how the program might be improved.

The projects must be completed with all funds used and distributed by December 15 of the end of the 2-year grant program. A Final Report and Match Log must be submitted by January 31 of the following year. Final reports and Match Logs are submitted through your online account.

Submit Final Report and/or Match Log

  • Verification (as well as accounting) for each project on the proposed work plan.
  • Verification of your match and volunteer labor.
  • Any promotional materials created during the project.
  • Any photographs illustrating the work achieved under the grant.
  • Anything else that expresses the activities and success of the project.

Important Note: Organizations that fail to submit a Final Report will be ineligible for future grants.


City Provided Insurance Policy for Matching Grant Program

The City of Kirkland purchases a general liability insurance policy to cover the Neighborhood Associations' projects, events, and participation under the terms of the Matching Grant Agreement. Coverage is for approved projects and events to be performed by the Association under the terms of the agreement. This also includes coverage for meetings as regular meetings are in compliance with Neighborhood Association requirements under the Matching Grant Agreement. For additional questions, please contact Don Robinson.

Neighborhood Association General Liability Insurance Policy 2023-2024(PDF, 2MB)