Neighborhood Matching Grants

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Do you have a great idea to help make your community great?

Art, Music, Lending Libraries, beautification projects, conservation projects, neighborhood events, pet owner projects, community awareness and safety projects are just a few ideas that Tumwater residents have mentioned as being important.  What ideas do you have?

About Neighborhood Matching Grants

The fund is part of a City Council initiative to build neighborhoods recognized for quality and to encourage citizens to build community engagement through a spirit of collaboration and innovation. Through this program, the City of Tumwater will provide grant funds in the form of a reimbursement of actual expenses that match neighborhood or community resources including volunteer hours, in-kind donations, and purchases based on the following limits: 

Neighborhood Event Grants

Up to 50% of the total event expenses or $250 maximum. Neighborhoods may apply only once every two years.

Neighborhood Project Grants

Up to 50% of the total project expenses or $1000 maximum. You may apply once per grant cycle.

  • All funding is subject to approval and fund availability within an application cycle which may change with or without notice.
  • All grant awards are reimbursement grants. Reimbursement  of expenses will be made to the grant recipient after the event or project expense report and required supporting documentation has been received by the Office of Volunteer Programs at City Hall following the completion of the activity.
  • Original receipts for all purchases made are required for any reimbursement and must equal or exceed the requested grant amount.  This requirement is in addition to matching contributions that are being made with volunteer hours and any materials or services that are donated to the event or project.

When are applications accepted?

 The Community Matching Grant makes funds available through two programs:

Neighborhood Project GrantsThe next application cycle will be open in January 2018, and will be due by April 30, 2018-DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED
Neighborhood Event Grants: Applications are accepted year-round until available funds have been allocated.

How Do I Apply?

There is now one convenient form that you may use for both the event or project grant application. The new form is provided in both PDF and WORD versions for flexibility. It is preferred that applications are submitted electronically by email attachment. You may also print the application and mail it or hand deliver it to City Hall.

Neighborhood Grant application word-icon

Neighborhood Grant application pdf-icon-sm

Who do I contact?

Email your application and/or questions to:, or print your application and mail or hand deliver to:

City of Tumwater
Office of Volunteer Programs
555 Israel Road SW
Tumwater, WA 98501


Community Matching Fund policy pdf-icon-sm
Neighborhood Grants Program brochure pdf-icon-sm

Final Reporting Documents

Volunteer hours report pdf-icon-sm
Final expense report (attach original receipts) pdf-icon-sm