Tacoma's Neighborhood Councils
In 1992, the City Council established Tacoma's eight Neighborhood Councils to advise them on issues of local importance and to seek consensus among residents on specific plans of action. The Neighborhood Councils also undertake a wide range of neighborhood improvements in collaboration with staff from the City of Tacoma and other agencies. View a copy of the Tacoma Municipal Code related to the Neighborhood Council Program.
Each Neighborhood Council serves as an independent, non-profit citizen organization to promote citizen-based efforts for neighborhood improvement.
Any resident, business owner, employee, property owner or member of an existing neighborhood group within a Neighborhood Council area can join a Neighborhood Council. Tacoma’s eight Neighborhood Council boundaries – in Northeast Tacoma, New Tacoma, the North End, the West End, Central Tacoma, South Tacoma, the Eastside and the South End. View a copy of the Standards and Guidelines document for the Neighborhood Council Program.
Neighborhood Small Innovative Grant Program
With the newly reinstated and enhanced Neighborhood Small Innovative Grant program, staff has worked to address a backlog of 86 projects totaling $495,584 and identify necessary program improvements reflecting the findings and priorities from the 2012 Neighborhood Council Program review.
To date, staff has completed all but five of the remaining projects which are in progress at sites located in Central, North End, Northeast and South Tacoma.
Grant program enhancements include:
- Funding of $320,000 allocated from the City of Tacoma's General Fund, 10 percent of which is set aside for maintenance totaling $32,000 biannually
- One application cycle with $36,000 allocated to each Neighborhood Council for the biennium
- Increased flexibility for project eligibility as uses are not restricted to capital improvements
- Increased impact with 18-month project deadlines
- Elimination of minimum and maximum project amounts to better reflect total project costs
- A simplified application with an emphasis on abutting neighborhood/community support, maintenance plans and identified life cycle costs
- Restrictions on multiple funding allocations to one project or group
- Program guidelines that call for equitable distribution of funding within each Neighborhood Council area
Learn more about each Neighborhood Council, view their meeting schedules and get involved.