Neighborhood Matching Grants

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Do you have a great idea for your neighborhood?

Art, music, lending libraries, sprucing up entrance signs and frontages, planting trees, special events, Emergency Preparedness and awareness activities are just a few ideas from Tumwater residents. If you have an idea, let us help you bring it to life!

Tumwater has Neighborhood Matching Grants to help you bring your ideas to life!

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 (reimbursement of actual expenses) that match neighborhood resources (volunteer hours, in-kind donations, and purchases ) at a minimum of 1:1 ratio-dollar for dollar.  Applications for Project or Event Grants are accepted year-round subject to available funding. Project grants are approved by City Council before awards are made.

Neighborhood Grants Program brochure pdf-icon-sm

Neighborhood Events

Create an event for your neighborhood! How about a movie night? A National Night Out gathering? Of a Halloween Trunk-or-Treat event? Get your neighbors involved in planning and hosting the event. A Neighborhood Event Grant can help reimburse expenses up to $250. Your volunteer hours are used as a portion of the match (at a rate of $20 per hour). Applications are accepted year-round. Grants are subject to available funds. Neighborhoods may apply once every two years.

Additionally, new for 2019 is our Neighborhood Party Kit.  Neighborhood groups may apply and receive an event kit that includes: A 10x10 pop up tent, 8 foot table with full table cloth, a cooler, lawn games, and trash bags to host a neighborhood get-together. Kit is available by reservation request through the Office of Volunteer Programs.  The kit should be returned within 48 hours after the event. Kits are available to any formal or informal neighborhood group hosting a get together for at least 10 or more residents and with volunteer assistance of at least 5 individuals.  This can be utilized in addition to any grant application for event assistance. Pair the two together for a great event opportunity!

To inquire, send an email to .

Neighborhood Projects

Create a project to enhance your neighborhood. Get your neighbors involved in planning a volunteer work party to complete the project. Apply for a Neighborhood Project Grant to support the cost of the project, up to $1000. Your volunteer hours are used as a portion of the match (at a rate of $20 per hour). Some restrictions apply.

We also have opportunities for projects that are creative and encourage teamwork to install out of the box for smaller neighborhood groups.  Our Boxed Project Series allows neighbors to work together to install a specific pre-fabricated product for a number of small projects as listed below.  The ideas are endless and effort can be spent decorating, assembling and installing for everyone in your neighborhood to enjoy!

Would your neighborhood like to install a painted bench, or a lending library? Maybe you could install a pergola, decorative fencing,  or even a carved or painted sign with your neighborhood's name at the entrance. Wouldn't it be great to see some local artwork adding a decorative touch along your streets on street lamps or as a wrap over utility boxes? There has been a lot of interest in community gardens and dog walking areas. Fun litter control stations around the neighborhood for pet walkers could be a great project idea. Here are some Projects that can be arranged for your neighborhood group out of the box so that you can focus on getting your volunteers together and doing the project and less on materials. These projects are perfect for smaller groups or neighborhoods who want to do a project with a big impact for everyone in the community.

Little Free Libraries

Dog Waste Pet Stations in partnership with Stream Team/Public Works

Utility Box Artwork Projects

Public Artwork Murals & Benches

Community Gardens

Contact the City Volunteer Coordinator to help you with a Project Out of the Box!  Projects Out of the Box! simplify the process so that your group can focus on the important task of getting volunteers to help with the installation process. If approved, the materials are provided and ready to complete your project! You supply the labor and split half the costs at a minimum of 1:1 ratio-dollar for dollar. If this sounds like it would fit your project idea, contact us today to find out how we can help.

Apply for a Neighborhood Matching Grant

Neighborhood Grant application word-icon

Neighborhood Grant application pdf-icon-sm

Complete an application using either form and submit by email (you may scan or save) ( or print your application and mail/deliver to:

Attention: Volunteer Coordinator, Tumwater City Hall, 555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

Program Policies

Community Matching Fund policy pdf-icon-sm

Neighborhood Matching Grant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Final reporting documents for reimbursement

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PDF forms listed individually below

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

Community Matching Fund Final Evaluationpdf-icon-sm