Mayor announces Small and Simple Grant awards

Twelve neighborhoods to receive grants for improvements

June 12, 2019 - by Vanessa Blackburn, Mayor's Office

​Mayor Kelli Linville has announced the awards for the 2019 Small and Simple Grant Program. This new program allows neighborhood associations to apply for grants for u​​​p to $5,000 to make small improvements to their neighborhoods. Twelve applications received awards for a total of $39,639.

The awards are for the following:

  1. Downtown Bellingham Partnership: $5,000 award to activate three public spaces downtown: The alley between Flora and Champion, the alley between Commercial and Cornwall, and the plaza on Commercial Street.
  2. Historic Fairhaven Association: $900 to hand paint the original map of Fairhaven to be displayed at the Fairhaven Gazebo.
  3. Roosevelt Neighborhood Association: $4,794 for “Welcome to Roosevelt” signs or banners at six significant entrances to neighborhood.
  4. York Neighborhood Association: $4,000 for wayfinding signage, including a new sign, street-sign toppers, and printed yard signs for meetings.
  5. Columbia Neighborhood Association: $4,625 for a garden share shed kiosk for sharing produce, a lending library, public messaging, and solar panel with LED lights.​​
  6. Happy Valley Neighborhood Association: $5,000 to add 20 street trees.
  7. Sunnyland Neighborhood Association: $5,000 for vinyl artwork for five utility/traffic boxes.
  8. Fairhaven Neighbors, South Neighborhood, Chuckanut Center:  $1,317 to install exterior lighting to illuminate the parking area and the front and back porch of Chuckanut Center.
  9. Birchwood Neighborhood Association: $5,000 for Birchwood International Market vendor tents and/or garbage and recycling bins.
  10. Cordata Neighborhood Association: $1,500 to remove the current community garden shed and build a new one.
  11. Samish Neighborhood Association: $395 to repair of “Welcome to Samish Neighborhood” sign.
  12. Cornwall Park Neighborhood Association: $2,108 for two memorial benches in Broadway Park.​

“These Small and Simple Grants are intended to fund one-time projects that make substantive and positive changes to the community, and we received some great applications this year,” Mayor Linville said. “I’m pleased to fund these projects, which support the neighborhood associations and build community.”

Neighborhoods must complete the projects before the end of the year and will be reimbursed for expenses up to the awarded amount. 

For more information

For 2019 Small and Simple Grant Guidelines, visit​ or search “Small and Simple Grants” on the website.

For a list of city neighborhoods, maps and contact information, visit

Media Contact

​Vanessa Blackburn, Communications Director
Mayor's Office
(360) 778-8115

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