Haller Lake General Meeting February 7, 2019
President Ethan Bradford called meeting to order at 7:39. First order of business was to sing Happy Birthday to Doris Harkness. Ethan mentioned a few, simple by-law changes, the new eastern boundary line to be 1-5 rather than 5th NE. New officer search will not require 2 candidates, and clarifying Life Member status. Games night will be Feb.16th from 4 to 9, and the speakers for our March meeting will be the Forest Stewards from Northacres Park.
Karen Craddick did a brief Neighborhood Street Funds grant pitch to encourage people to vote for the projects in our neighborhood.
Randy Harkness introduced Lisa Macfarlane to speak about the Seattle School Levy on Feb. 12th. Lisa is a volunteer with Schools First who has been running the school levies since 2005. There are 2 measures on the ballot, an operating levy, good for 3 years and a capitol levy for building projects that would go on for 6 years. Northgate School is #1 on the list to be replaced if the levy passes. Our board did take a vote to endorse the levy, and Lisa encouraged everyone to mail in their ballots.
Ethan then introduced Minh Chau Le with the Department of Neighborhoods, who goal it is to build strong neighborhoods. She started by handing out packets explaining city wide grant opportunities. The city of Seattle has a web site for information on all the available grants. There are a lot of different type of grants and sometimes it takes some work to figure out deadlines, requirements etc., District 5 have been lagging in applications for grants compared to the rest of the city. Neighborhood Matching Grant program funds projects initiated by community members and they require community participation. The Fremont Troll was actually a community grant project in the 80’s. To apply, you must be a community organization but are not required to be a nonprofit. Funds are varied and flexible from a few hundred dollars up to $25,000. Small grants up to $5,000 are on a rolling basis with an 8 week turn around and are very flexible. Larger community partnerships up to $25,000 take a lot more time, have strict 3 times a year deadlines with March being the next one. Karen asked why they were called matching fund grants, and Minh explained that the match involves City money and community volunteer time at a $20 per hour/per person rate or donations of goods or services. Half of the grant amount must accompany the grant application. Our meeting would count as volunteer time, so if 20 people were at a 1 hour meeting we would get credit for $400. Certain street projects are eligible but require a sign off by SDOT. School projects also qualify. Total grant money amounts to 3.2 million a year and it is tax payer dollars from the general fund. Project managers are available to speak to for help, and between 5,000 and 6,000 projects have been funded over the last 30 years. Projects include P-Patches, School playgrounds, rain gardens, events, public art project, tool libraries. The same event can be applied for every other year.
Meeting adjourned at 8:31 PM
Respectfully submitted by Shawn MacPherson