If your group needs funds to do a neighborhood project, the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help. But you’ll need to be quick because the application deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund is Monday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m. This fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups and community organizations for community-building projects.
To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, there is one more workshop scheduled for Thursday, May 14 at Northgate Community Center from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The workshop will provide an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online at surveymonkey.com/s/NMFWorkshop.
When you stop and think, you know that nature is good for you – but how often do you stop and think? You know intuitively that contact with nature is good for you. Those lucky enough to live near and experience green spaces have a 50 percent chance of being more healthy, both physically and mentally, and are 40 per cent less likely to become overweight or obese. We are all part of the natural world. We depend on it for the air we breathe and the food we eat. Organizations like the National Wildlife Federation are helping people to understand their role in the natural world and their dependency on it.
Join your neighbors in creating a healthier community by creating a backyard wildlife habitat! Northwest Seattle is now an active Community Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). In order to become a certified Wildlife Habitat Community, a specific number of homes, schools, businesses and common areas must become NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat™ sites, providing food, water and shelter to raise young for wildlife. To do this, we need a joint effort of dedicated volunteers, organizational partners and local business that support our commitment to improve local community for wildlife. Here are ways you can help or participate:
1) Certify your home garden or apartment balcony with NWF. It’s easy. Just follow the steps on the NWF web page or
2) Volunteer to support the work, projects, partners and community for the community certification.
Thank-you for donating to Seattle Foundation’s giveBIG campaign on May 5 in support of Groundswell NW. Thanks to your generosity, we raised $3,000 and will soon find out from Seattle Foundation how much they’ll add through their stretch donation. Your donations will go directly into funding Groundswell NW projects and supporting our mentor groups. If you’d still like to donate to Groundswell NW, but missed the campaign, you can still make a donation on our website.
GiveBig Day is here.....and your BIG chance to give back to your community.
Donate today to Groundswell NW in the Seattle Foundation's 2015 GiveBIG campaign.
For one day only, all donations given to Groundswell NW through the GiveBIG webpage will be matched in part by The Seattle Foundation. Grow your gift and join our efforts to create community parks and habitat in northwest Seattle.
Learn more about GiveBIG and support Groundswell NW today!
Thank you for your support of our mission: Creating Community Parks and Habitat in NW Seattle!
You are invited to attend a workshop this Thursday April 30 from 6PM-8PM at the Ballard Library. At the Groundswell NW annual Meeting and Civic Social last month, you were asked "WHAT DO YOU WANT TO START TODAY THAT WILL BUILD OR BOOST OPEN SPACE IN BALLARD IN THE NEXT YEAR?" You responded with some great ideas and Groundswell NW wants to help you make these ideas a reality. You're invited to attend this workshop where you will collaborate with experience open space advocates, learn how to gain support for your idea, and team up with those who'll support you!
How to Build and Boost Ballard Open Space - A Workshop
When: Thursday April 30 6PM-8PM
Location: Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW
Contact: Dawn Hemminger, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you were unable to join us on 24 Mar 15 for our Annual Meeting & Civic Social, you can still view the Ballard Open Space Plan presentation here.
What makes Seattle’s natural areas special? What values are important to your neighborhood? Join the community discussion!
From 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the Armory Loft at Seattle Center, Seattle Parks and Recreation will be hosting a Mini-Summit to talk to you regarding the use of Natural Areas and Greenbelts in Seattle. The event will include a panel discussion and an open house with at least 20 participating organizations, including Groundswell NW!
- Merica Whitehall, Executive Director Nature Consortium
- Mark Jordan, Seattle University Biology Professor – habitat analysis
- Peg Staeheli, SvR Design, Hydrologist, former Urban Forestry Commissioner
- John Barber – Parks and Open Space Advocate, former Park Board Commissioner
- Marty Westerman – Seattle Green Spaces Coalition
Use this opportunity to engage with Seattle Parks’ staff and other local experts.
For more information on the Natural Areas/Greenbelt Mini-Summit, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/naturalareagreenbeltuse/default.htm.
You're invited to Groundswell NW's Annual Meeting and Civic Social March 24 at 6PM at the Nordic Heritage Museum.
This year, we'll be highlighting the findings from the Ballard Open Space Plan and looking to you to spark future parks, public art, gardens, green space connectors and habitat in Northwest Seattle. Because you are a mover and shaker in this great community, your participation in this collaborative event is crucial.
Groundswell NW will also present our "Local Heroes" awards, which recognize individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to parks and open space in Ballard.
Doors open at 6PM for an open house where you can learn more about Groundswell NW's partners and our projects. The Civic Social will begin at 6:30PM.
You bring your best ideas, Groundswell NW will bring the treats.