Get Moving Fund Guidelines & Eligibility

                                                                                                         Get Moving


The Get Moving initiative funds culturally relevant physical activities for communities where health disparities are prevalent. Funded activities will strengthen the collaboration between Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Communities

Get Moving projects must:

  • Focus on communities where health disparities are prevalent
  • Provide physically active programming



Who can apply?

  • Local community groups*
  • Small businesses (under $100,000 in revenue) working within the identified neighborhoods
  • Not-for-profit organizations


Groups applying are not required to be a 501(C) (3) nonprofit nor are they required to use a fiscal agent.

If funded, groups will need to obtain a City of Seattle Business License and appropriate liability insurance ***Entities not eligible: Government Agencies, Universities, and Political Groups.


Funding Available

Applicants can apply for up to a maximum amount of $15,000.


Get Moving Qualifying Project Requirements

  • Be free and open to all
  • Be in the City of Seattle in one of the focus neighborhoods
  • Serve one of the focus populations and neighborhoods
  • Have community partners involved with project
  • Take place in the City of Seattle between April 1, 2018 and December 15, 2018
  • Adhere to Seattle Park and Recreation’s mission statement: Seattle Parks and Recreation provides welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate and build community, and promotes responsible stewardship of the land. We promote healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities.
  • Cannot have any outstanding debts or grants with Seattle Parks and Recreation's Business Service Center (BSC)
  • All past grant or fund paperwork must be submitted and up to date


Eligible groups may submit applications for distinct project to both Get Moving and Recreation for All as long as the projects meet the respective guidelines and eligibility. If a single project qualifies for Get Moving and Recreation for All funding the application can be submitted for both programs but will only receive funding from one (not both programs).


Priority Funding Populations

Projects that identify the following groups representing priority funding areas will receive higher consideration: *Get Moving Priority **Recreation for All Priority

  • People of color
  • Immigrant/refugee populations
  • Youth/Teens (including Toddlers)*
  • Young Adults (19-50 years)**
  • Mature Adults 50+*
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Intergenerational


Priority Neighborhoods

Southwest                              Southeast                              Northwest                              Northeast

Cottage Grove                         Brighton                                  Cedar Park                             Bitter Lake

High Point                                Columbia City                         Jackson Park                          Green Lake

Highland Park                          Dunlap                                    Lake City                                 Greenwood

Pigeon Point                            Genesee                                 Maple Leaf                              Haller Lake

South Delridge Triangle           Hillman City                            North Matthews Beach            Licton Springs/

Sunrise Heights                       Lakewood                               Northgate                                Aurora Licton

Westwood                                New Holly                               Olympic Hills

Youngstown                             North Rainier                           Pinehurst

Georgetown                             Pritchard Beach                       Victory Heights

Puget Ridge                             Othello                                     Meadowbrook

Beacon Hill                               Rainier Valley                          Magnuson/Sandpoint Housing

South Park                                Rainier Vista


Project Criteria

It is also our goal to establish and strengthen the collaborative working relationship between Seattle Parks and Recreation and community organizations in building new and innovative partnerships that increase healthy activities and services offered to the community.

Project criteria include:

  • Quality of Project: clear, well-conceived project that promotes physical activity participation strong community relations and is authentic to the community.
  • Community Impact, Outreach and Outcomes: project plan describes meaningful efforts to increase community participation that will reach diverse and underserved audiences through intentional outreach and identifies outreach strategies. Demonstrates a measurable impact for the community served. Project has a desired outcome for the community served (i.e. better health due to more physical activity).
  • Feasibility: the organization/community group/business has a proven track record of managing programs, activities and/or other event(s) and/or demonstrated ability to successfully produce the program or event; provides evidence of community involvement and support from the community they wish to serve.
  • Budget: a clear, realistic budget for the program or event that matches the amount requested and includes all potential costs, in kind donations, and any partnerships with additional funds.
  • Sustainability: projects that have a plan to sustain program beyond funding cycle i.e., partnership development, in-kind donations, fitness certifications and collective impact partnerships.


Application Deadline and Information


Get Moving and Recreation for All applications open January 8, 2018 and close February 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM


Application Review and Notification

An independent panel of nonprofit organization members, community, and Seattle Parks and Recreation representatives will review and evaluate applications according to the program criteria and recommend funding. Funding notification will be made in March 2018.


Funding Restrictions

Items eligible for funding: instructor fees, marketing and promotional fees, project management and coordination/administration costs, equipment supplies, equipment rentals and other production-related costs including fitness certifications, etc. No more than 10% of budget may be used for food-related costs during the event/program.

Funds may not be used for: organizational administrative costs, travel or travel related expenses, fundraising, or gifts. This includes rent, mileage, personnel benefits, etc.