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Arts & Cultural Affairs
Youth Arts
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$
competitive grants
provide arts education, funds, and technical assistance for programs that serve middle and high school youth
$200k awarded to 31 artists, cultural organizations, and community-based organizations that serve youth
http://www.seattle.gov/arts/funding/youth_arts.asp
Federal
Sustainable Communities Regional Planning
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$$-$$$$
competitive grants
to improve regional planning efforts that integration housing and transportation decisions, and increase state, regional, and local capacity to incorporate livability, sustainability, and social equity values into land use plans and zoning
$150 billion available nationally.
Projects must be significant at a federal, regional, or metropolitian level. Application deadline for 2010 has passed.
http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities/Sustainable%20Communities%20Regional%20Planning%20Grants
OED
Business Improvement Area
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$-$$
special assessments
fund services and improvements in neighborhood business districts. While the business district is governed by a ratepayer's advisory board, the City provides support, collects the assessments, and reimburses BIA expenses.
http://www.seattle.gov/economicdevelopment/support_tools.htm
OED
Neighborhood Business District Awards Program
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$
competitive grants
projects that benefit Seattle neighborhood business districts, including a citywide buy local marketing program.
http://seattle.gov/economicdevelopment/support_funding.htm
OED
Real Estate Financing
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f
loans
, Section 108 and Float Loans, that help finance development of mixed-use and commercial buildings.
http://www.seattle.gov/EconomicDevelopment/financial_realestate.htm
PSRC
Fixed Guideway Formula Grants (5307 & 5309 FG)
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$$$
formula grants
funds the construction and maintenance of fixed guideway transit.
$100 million in regional funding. Potential Seattle projects include maintenance of the Seattle Center Monorail and South Lake Union Streetcar.
Available only to transit agencies for transit that carries passengers and provides revenue? [note link goes to 5307 grant info]
http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_3561.html
PSRC
Major Capital Investments (New Starts and Small Starts)
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$$?
competitive grants
funds new fixed guideway systems, the extension of existing systems, or corridor-based bus projects with 10 min peak/15 min off-peak (or more frequent) that operate at least 14 hours per weekday.
Potential Seattle projects include westside light rail route (New Starts); streetcar extensions, BRT routes with higher capital costs (Small Starts)
Must go through federal planning process.
http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_3559.html
PSRC
New Freedom
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$$
competitive grants
funds projects that improve mobility options for persons with disabilities.
~$750,000 in annual funding for the region. Potential projects include bus stop/access improvements, services subsidies, shuttle services, and travel training programs.
Projects must exceed ADA standards.
http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_3549.html
SDOT
Local Improvement Districts
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$$-$$$
special assessments
provide funding for large projects that can create a demonstrable increase in property value [want to deemphasize this as a potential tool but I think it's hard to leave out]
requires agreement from 60% of property owners
SPU
Natural Drainage
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f
fee
funds projects using vegetation and soil to filter and slow runoff, protecting the environment from a variety of contaminants...[this seems less like a funding program and more like something to include in one of the essential component pullouts]
http://www.seattle.gov/util/About_SPU/Drainage_&_Sewer_System/GreenStormwaterInfrastructure/NaturalDrainageProjects/
State
Housing Trust Fund
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$$-$$$
competitive grants
provides funding for multifamily rental projects and single family homeownership projects
http://www.commerce.wa.gov/site/493/default.aspx
State
Regional Mobility
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$$-$$$$
competitive grants
funds projects that improve transit mobility and reduce congestion on heavily traveled roadways.
"The program has provided $60 million to support local projects since 2006."
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/TDM/Mobility/
State
Safe Routes to School
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f
$
competitive grants
help provide safe ways for K-9 grade kids to walk or bike to school
schools and local agencies can apply
10-30% of funding must be used for non-infrastructure-related activities. Money reimburses approved expenditures. Preference given to projects that provide matching funds.
Arts & Cultural Affairs
1% for Art
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$
legislative encumbrance
identifies and coordinates opportunities to include public art in capital projects funded at the local, state, and federal levels.
http://www.seattle.gov/arts/publicart/default.asp
Arts & Cultural Affairs
Civic Partners
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$-$$
competitive grants
provide two-year funding commitments to Seattle arts, heritage and cultural organizations, and arts service organizations.
$1.6M awarded to 133 organizations in the first year of the 2009-2010 funding cycle
organizations must have minimum three-year history of serving Seattle residents and visitors
http://www.seattle.gov/arts/funding/organizations.asp
Federal
Community Development Block Grants
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$$-$$$$
competitive grants
provides funding for affordable housing, neighborhood revitilization, community facilities and services, and economic development.
Requires completion of a consolidated plan
http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/communitydevelopment/programs/
Federal
HOPE VI
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$$-$$$$
competitive grants
provides funding for community revitilization through rehabilitation of distressed affordable housing and communities; rehabilitation and construction of affordable housing; property acquisition; and supporting programs
$124 million available in 2010 for public housing authorities that have severely distressed housing.
http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/ph/hope6/
PSRC
Job Access & Reverse Commute
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$$
competitive grants
funds projects that help low-income populations access employment and that serve reverse commuters
~$1 million in annual funding for the region. Potential Seattle projects include shuttles, service subsidies, bus stop/access improvements at job sites/job training locations.
http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_3550.html
PSRC
Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER)
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$-$$?
competitive grants
funds implementation of new strategies for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions or energy consumption created by transit operations.
~$75 million nation-wide. Potential Seattle projects include King Street Station energy efficiency retrofits, trolley wire extensions.
Funding uncertain moving forward.
http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_11424.html
Parks
Opportunity Fund
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competitive grants
funds community-initiated park development or acquisition projects.
http://www.seattle.gov/parks/levy/opportunity.htm
SDOT
Cumulative Reserve Fund
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$-$$
competitive grants
fund maintenance projects that implement neighborhood plans, and other new construction projects. [actually just a General Fund subfund that's mostly used maintenance projects?]
$1M available citywide; $220k earmarked for new transportation-related construction.
SDOT
Growth Payment
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f
$
development fees
fund the pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile transportation improvements necessitated by the increased traffic caused by rapid growth.
Currently only apply in South Lake Union?
SDOT
Neighborhood Street Fund
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$-$$
competitive grants
improve sidewalks, increases lighting in key business districts, and adds new sidewalks around schools.
http://www.seattle.gov/Transportation/btg_nsf.htm
SDOT
Public-Private Paving Partnerships
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$
competitive grants
focus on projects that improve local industrial streets and sidewalks.
project cannot exceed $70k; approximately four projects per year are implemented
State
Recreation Conservation Grants
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$
matching grants
build community parks, trails, boating facilities, and athletic fields
Arts & Cultural Affairs
Neighborhood & Community Arts
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$
competitive grants
provide funds for community activities such as street fairs and art walks
must be a Neighborhood Arts Council or Community Stewardship group that has been existing for at least one year with a track record of producing recurring festivals or community events
http://www.seattle.gov/arts/funding/neighborhood_community.asp
DOIT
Bill Wright Technology Matching Fund Grant Program
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$
matching grants
provide funds to increase technology literacy and access and to enhance electronic civic participation.
http://www.seattle.gov/tech/tmf/
DON
Neighborhood Matching Fund
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$-$$
matching grants
include four funds (Small Sparks, Small and Simple Projects, Large Projects, and Tree) for community-initiated neighborhood projects.
http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/
Federal
Alternatives Analysis
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$$
competitive grants
funds to evaluate transit system alternatives.
~$25 million nation-wide in 2009/2010.
At least one of the alternatives must be fixed guideway (new or extension).
http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_7395.html
Federal
Historic Preservation
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$$-$$$$
tax credits/exemptions
for the rehabilitation of income-producing property that has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places or determined eligible by the State Historic Preservation Office.
20% tax credit
10% tax credit available to non-historic commercial buildings constructed prior to 1936
http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/tps/tax/incentives/index.htm
OED
Community Revitalization Financing
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f
funds infrastructure improvements through increased value of property taxes?!?!?
no info found at OED's website.
OH
Multifamily Tax Exemption
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$$-$$$
tax credits/exemptions
contributes to the development of affordable housing (one piece of funding available to for- and non-profit developers and public development authorities to build affordable housing.
http://www.seattle.gov/housing/incentives/mfte.htm
PSRC
Bus and Bus Facilities
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$$
competitive grants
funds new and replacement buses and facilities (including passenger shelters and bus stop signs). Includes limited subfund for projects focused on livability and sustainability.
Potential Seattle projects include King Street Station, Westlake and other intermodal hubs, Transit Corridor projects.
Not supposed to be used for rail or transit corridor projects however, South Lake Union Streetcar earmarks were under this program.
http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_3557.html
PSRC
Clean Fuels
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competitive grants
funds clean fuel buses; bus facilities and related equipment; and projects relating to clean fuel, biodiesel, hybrid electric, or zero emissions buses.
Metro is eligible
COS not eligible. Funds cannot be used to fund operating expenses or preventive maintenance.
http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_3560.html
PSRC
Fixed Guideway Formula Grants (5307 & 5309 FG)
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$$
competitive grant
funds regionally significant projects that improve fixed guideway transit service.
~$20-30 million in annual funding for the region. Potential Seattle projects include King Street Station, Transit Corridor program, streetcar extensions.
[note link goes to 5309 grant info]
http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_3558.html
SDOT
Impact Fees
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$$$
development fees
help pay for the cost of new services and public facilities needed to support growth
SDOT
Sidewalk Maintenance fund
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???
http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pedestrian_masterplan/pedestrian_toolbox/tools_fund_smf.htm
State
Local Infrastructure Financing Tool
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$$-$$$$
Available for selected "Revenue Development Areas" to pay bonds used to finance public infrastructure projects, parks, and affordable housing.
State approval required; application process currently closed. Limit of one RDA per county. Projects must be identified in the Comp Plan.
State
Low Income Housing Tax Credits
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$$-$$$
tax credits/exemptions
reduces the federal tax liability for property owners and developers who provide low-income housing for up to 40 years. [not exactly sure how to explain this from the City's standpoint…]

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