Seattle mayor announces $7.5 million in funds for neighborhood recovery

Aug 26, 2021, 4:36 PM
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Outdoor dining structures along Ballard Avenue Northwest in June 2021. (MyNorthwest photo)
(MyNorthwest photo)

Seattle neighborhood groups will be able to help decide how some of the latest federal recovery dollars are spent as another $7.5 million of pandemic relief is being pumped into Seattle’s economic recovery.

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“These funds are available for neighborhood revitalization strategies, and to help address neighborhood specific issues,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Thursday.

More than 28 neighborhood business districts will receive up to $225,000 in funding to stabilize small businesses and address community needs. These investments are in addition to the Small Business Stabilization Fund, and can help neighborhoods to reopen, to build e-commerce capacity, to activate public spaces, or even to address graffiti and vandalism.

A portion of it is also earmarked for arts and community groups so they can take their next steps to recovery sooner.

“We know that these neighborhood economic recovery investments will benefit small businesses, workers, and the communities where those businesses and workers are located,” Durkan said.

The following neighborhood business district organizations will receive a direct allocation:

  • Alliance for Pioneer Square
  • Ballard Alliance
  • Beacon Business Alliance
  • Belltown United
  • Build Lake City Together
  • Capitol Hill-Broadway BIA
  • Capitol Hill Business Alliance/GSBA
  • Central Area Collaborative
  • Crown Hill Village Association
  • First Hill Improvement Association
  • For North Seattle
  • Fremont Chamber
  • Georgetown Merchants Association
  • Green Lake Chamber
  • Magnolia Chamber
  • Mount Baker Hub Alliance
  • Othello/MLK Business Association
  • Phinney Neighborhood Association
  • Rainier Beach Action Coalition/Economic Development Roundtable
  • Rainier Avenue Business Coalition (Hillman City and Columbia City)
  • Chinatown-ID: SCIDPDA/CIDBIA/Friends of Little Saigon
  • South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce
  • South Park Business District
  • University District Partnership
  • Uptown Alliance
  • West Seattle Junction Association
  • West Seattle Chamber

The Seattle Rescue Plan, launched in May, authorized $22 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to aid Seattle’s local community recovery from COVID-related economic impacts.

The KIRO Radio Newsdesk contributed to this report.

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Seattle mayor announces $7.5 million in funds for neighborhood recovery