Created in 1997, Bellevue’s Neighborhood Match Program partners with residents to fund and build small projects that improve neighborhoods. The program provides matching grants of up to $10,000 per project for small-scale neighborhood improvements. For every dollar awarded by the city, the neighborhood provides an equal or greater match consisting of money, professional services, materials and/or volunteer labor.
Since its inception, the program has spurred more than 200 improvement projects. In the process of working together on improvements, residents connected with their neighbors, learned about neighborhood history and built a stronger sense of pride and identity in their community.
Past projects have included new entrance signs, landscaping, neighborhood art, play equipment and amenities. One type of project that is no longer funded through Neighborhood Match is the conversion of single residential mailboxes into a cluster unit. The U.S. Postal Service supports that improvement through its Cluster Box Unit Conversion program, and more information can be found at your local post office.
The city is always looking for fun and creative project ideas to bring people together. Applying for funds may sound complicated, but staff in the city’s Neighborhood Outreach Group is there to help applicants turn project ideas into realities. To get started, contact Program Manager Ying Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-452-4342.
Basic Criteria to apply for matching funds:
Planning & Community Development
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Ying Carlson