Neighborhood Matching Grants bring community members together to complete projects that create or enhance a tangible improvement in a Bainbridge Island neighborhood, and/or build or expand neighborhood and community connections or civic engagement among Bainbridge Island residents.
City staff reviews Neighborhood Matching Grant applications prior to submitting them to the City Council for approval. All projects must benefit the community. Neighbors will be required to develop a plan for ongoing maintenance of their project. Projects must be completed within the calendar year they are approved.
Matching grants require a 1 to 2 match for the project ($1 of neighborhood contribution for every $2 of city grant funding). A combination of volunteer hours and in-kind donations or money can be used to fulfill the neighborhood portion of the matching grant.
A few examples of Matching Grant projects include:
Benches and garbage receptacles in neighborhood parks
Community carnival, dance or other event
Decorative street banners and flower baskets
Neighborhood identification signs
Park restoration projects
Play equipment at local parks and schools
Public art including wall murals, mosaics, and sculpture