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Neighborhood Matching Grants

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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 receipted expenses) that match neighborhood resources (volunteer hours, in-kind donations, and purchases ) at a minimum of 1:1 ratio-dollar for dollar up to the stated maximums.  Applications for Project or Event Grants are accepted year-round subject to available funding. Project grants are approved by a committee appointed by the Mayor. Event grants are approved by City administration.

Neighborhood Grants Program brochure pdf-icon-sm

Neighborhood Event Grants up to $250

Create an event for your neighborhood! 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.

Neighborhood Project Grants up to $1000

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).

In order to be eligible to apply for the project grant, your group must meet the following conditions:

The proposed project must:

1.  Make a tangible improvement to a Tumwater neighborhood built or fashioned through resources and labor provided by members of the neighborhood,

2. Have documented support of the neighborhood and/or HOA, and have a  measurable outcome that provides public benefit to the community. Priority funding consideration is afforded to new projects or neighborhoods that have not previously received grants.

3. Include a fully completed application with all supporting documentation showing support for the project, costs, outcomes, and how neighbors are included and utilized as volunteers.

Applications received that are incomplete will be placed in inactive status. (Inactive applications are ones that are incomplete, for which additional information has been requested and not been received with no activity for 30-days or more and will be considered expired. Groups with approved applications have 12 months from the award of the grant to complete the project and apply for reimbursement, or the application will be considered expired, and no longer eligible for reimbursement.

The following projects are not eligible for the grant program:

  1. Applications from individuals, for profit groups, religious, or political groups.
  2. Projects that conflict with any laws, regulations, rules or City of Tumwater policies.
  3. Projects that are for routine maintenance purposes or any maintenance of previously funded projects.
  4. Projects outside of the City Limits of Tumwater.
  5. Funding requests for current projects (current projects are those that are already in progress or for prior purchases).
  6. Project grant requests that are for maintenance of, or which have the same purpose, or contain similar outcomes to  projects that have been previously funded through the Neighborhood Grant Program.
  7. Projects that seek to promote any public or private group, business or commercial enterprise, political or religious group.
  8. Projects that utilize  any form of hate speech, or exclude any group or subgroup of people.

Apply for a Neighborhood Grant

Neighborhood Grant application pdf-icon-sm


Complete an application and submit by email to or print your application and mail/deliver to:

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 for Neighborhood Grant Reimbursement

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Volunteer Hours Report pdf-icon-sm

Final Expense Report (attach original receipts) pdf-icon-sm

Neighborhood Grant Final Evaluationpdf-icon-sm