Duwamish River Opportunity Fund to provide $250,000 for community-initiated projects
information from City of Seattle
For years Duwamish River neighborhoods have been impacted by environmental injustices, including the Superfund clean-up occurring in and along the river. To support them, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is again seeking proposals to the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund (DROF) to help fund community-based projects that increase the sustainability of these neighborhoods. The total amount of funding is $250,000.
“Since 2014, the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund (DROF) has funded community-based programs focused on the challenges faced by residents and businesses in South Park and Georgetown,” said Andrés Mantilla, director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. “As part of Mayor Durkan’s Duwamish Valley Action Plan, DROF is one component of a broader City effort to improve the quality of life and restore the health of Duwamish River communities.”
Proposals to the fund should address such topics as job training, economic development, access to healthy food, affordable housing strategies, environmental development or restoration, or major community development activities that will have long-term impacts. To learn more and apply for funds, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/duwamish-river-opportunity-fund. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 12 by 5 p.m.
Applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop before applying. These workshops will review the application process and discuss the requirements for a good proposal. The workshops will be held:
- Thursday, June 20 – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Counterbalance Brewing (503 South Michigan Street, Suite B)
- Wednesday, June 26 – 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at South Park Community Center (8319 8th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108)
For questions, call 206-256-5947 or email DROF@seattle.gov.
Call for Grant Reviewers
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is recruiting community members to serve as grant reviewers of DROF applications to select those projects that are impactful and improve the quality of life for
communities living within the Duwamish River valley. Grant reviewers should live, work, or receive services in the Duwamish River valley and have a clear understanding of community needs and resources. They will be compensated for their time. Visit our webpage to review the Frequently Asked Questions document and the DROF Grant Reviewer Application. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 29 by 5 p.m.