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Neighborhood Council Program Overview

The Neighborhood Council Program engages neighbors on issues and concerns that directly affect them, help craft solutions to mutual problems, and build a sense of pride and personal responsibility for their neighborhoods. The program is committed to racial equity in all operations and at this time is focused on increasing board representation of underrepresented communities. You can view Tacoma Municipal Code 1.45 and the Standards and Guidelines document for the Neighborhood Council Program to learn more about the program. 


Each Neighborhood Council serves as an independent, non-profit organization to promote community-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.  


Innovative Grant Program

The City of Tacoma is providing funding for the 2020 Innovative Grant program to create an opportunity for inspired residents of Tacoma to make a positive impact in their community, within the eight Neighborhood Council areas. We invite Tacoma neighbors and groups to apply for and implement a project that will benefit their neighborhood. 


Apply for a 2020 Innovative Grant


Each Neighborhood Council geography has $18,000 of grant funding for community projects. Projects generally range in costs from $3,000 to $8,000 each.


Applications for funding will be available through June 30, 2020 or until program funds for a geography are expended, whichever occurs first. If a geography receives more eligible project applications than can be funded when applications close on June 30, 2020, the City may re-appropriate project dollars from other geographies that did not expend the entire $18,000 for their area.


Applications are reviewed monthly for approval through June 30, so early applications are more likely to be funded.

All projects must provide an overall neighborhood benefit and may be used for a wide array of activities and projects as long as they are not used for personal gain or improvements to private property, unless there is a community benefit (such as a mural). All activities must be available to the public to participate in and be free of charge.


Projects must fit within the following criteria:

  • Blight removal

  • Environmental stewardship

  • Community involvement/events 

Funds may not be used for:

  • Projects considered to be “public works” such as street improvements, traffic calming, or any project in the right-of-way that requires ongoing maintenance or a City permit

  • Ongoing services, programming, or maintenance of a previous project

  • Staff or volunteer time to implement the project

View the complete application evaluation criteria.


All funded projects must be complete by March 31, 2021. Please email completed applications to innovativegrants@cityoftacoma.org or mail applications to:


Innovative Grant Coordinator
747 Market St, Suite 108
Tacoma, WA 98406


You may also contact City staff at (253) 591-2047 for further direction and support.


To see a list of projects that have been funded in previous application cycles, view Past Projects.


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