The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program 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.
Historical Listing of Neighborhood Grants(PDF, 183KB)
Proposed projects will be evaluated on their scope and quality. To be eligible, projects must meet the following conditions:
Eligible Matching Grant projects fall into five categories:
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.
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:
The following items will not be reimbursed:
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:
The following are some basic requirements for developing a neighborhood match package:
Neighborhood Associations interested in participating in the Matching Grant program must complete and sign a Matching Grant Application and include a Project Information Sheet for each project.
Please include the following attachments:
Applicants should be prepared to start their projects immediately upon receiving notification of the award.
For questions on completing a Matching Grant Application, please contact David Wolbrecht at (425) 587-3011.
After projects have been approved by the City, the Neighborhood Chair will receive a Matching Grant Program Agreement. 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. After review and approval of the agreement, the Neighborhood Chair will print and sign two copies and return the originals to the City for signature by the Assistant City Manager.
The Neighborhood Chair will then receive the following:
Matching grant funds will be released to the Association on a reimbursement basis. Funds are typically dispersed within two weeks of 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.
Important Note: The project(s) must be completed by December 1, 2020. Reimbursement deadline is December 12, 2020.
The Final Report has two purposes:
The projects must be completed with all funds used and distributed by December 12, 2020. A Final Report and Match Log must be submitted to the City by January 31, 2021:
Important Note: Organizations that fail to submit a Final Report will be ineligible for future grants.
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