Small ideas could reap big rewards for neighborhoods

Do you have a small and simple idea that could enhance education, culture or unity in your neighborhood?

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is now accepting applications for the fall round of the Neighborhood Matching Fund's Small and Simple Projects Fund.

In the last round of Small and Simple grants, the city helped fun projects including self-guided art tours, outdoor movies, playground designs, access to fresh produce for low-income residents and improved bike trails.

Since the program was created 24 years ago, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has awarded more than $49 million to neighborhood groups with a community match of more than $71 million, according to the city. Projects have involved more than 85,600 volunteers who have donated over 573,000 work hours.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 8 at 5 p.m.