Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Laurelhurst Elementary Peace Garden One Of Several NE Projects Awarded City Matching Fund Grant


Laurelhurst Elementary School Peace Garden

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods awarded $606,000 in grants to Northeast Neighborhood Matching Fund recipients. 

The Small and Simple Projects Fund, one of three funds managed by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, provides cash awards of up to $25,000 in matching funds to community organizations committed to fostering and building a better community. The 2013 spring awards ranged from $3,180 to $25,000,

Here are the Northeast Seattle projects that have received funding:
  • The Laurelhurst Elementary Peace Garden renovation project was awarded $12,510 in the recent round of the Neighborhood Matching Fund. This project will rejuvenate the existing Laurelhurst Elementary Peace Garden located on the south playground. It will improve the functionality of the green space for the school, Laurelhurst neighborhood, and the larger community.
  • Sustainable Northeast Seattle was awarded $22,000 for its NE Seattle Tool Library. The library provides community access to a wide variety of tools, training, and advice. Funds will be used for stocking and the purchase of tools to increase the services available to the community.
  • The Clean and Safe Workgroup of UDistrict Livability Partnership was awarded $23,450 for its Youth Jobs Program. This program will promote workplace integration for homeless street youth by providing them simple job tasks in exchange for compensation. It will be implemented and overseen by University of Washington interns and directed by local service providers.
  • The Sanctuary Art Center was awarded $13,360 for its North Ave Mural project. In partnership with Urban Artworks, U-District Livability Partnership and local business owners, the project will create a community-vetted mural on J's Market on the SW corner of University Way and 50th Street NE. It will serve to beautify and activate an area that is one of U-District's crime hotspots.
  • The View Ridge Elementary PTA was awarded $25,000 for its playground project. This project will improve the play areas on the west side of View Ridge Elementary School. A conceptual plan has been completed. These funds are for Phase 1 construction to occur this summer.

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