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Two Ballard organizations awarded Small and Simple Grants

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Last week Mayor Ed Murray announced that 24 community groups will receive matching funds to support neighborhood-initiated projects and among them are two Ballard organizations: Friends of Ballard Avenue and Ballard Civic Orchestra.

24 Seattle groups were allotted $464,823 total from the Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund, which allocates grants for improvements in cultural festivals, physical improvements and events. The awards are part of the Small and Simple Fund, which is one of three offered by the city for community projects. The City offers up to $25,000 per project. Groups pledge to match the City’s $464,823 investment with $523,744 consisting of donated materials, fund raising and volunteer labor.

Friends of the Ballard Civic Orchestra were awarded $12,390 to create a multiethnic, multigenerational community orchestra. The orchestra will be open to the public and offer instructional workshops and rehearsals. Performances will also be free. Their Community match is $15,430.

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