By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star, January, 2010
Portland’s district neighborhood coalitions have begun the process of distributing neighborhood grant funds to community groups. The funds, from the city’s general fund, are distributed among the seven coalitions, through the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement. They are intended to fund special projects that “increase the capacity” of such groups, encourage the participation of “under-represented communities” such as tenants and minorities, and create partnerships among organizations.
Central Northeast Neighbors received $16,836. It used the money to fund five of the 16 grant requests it received. These were:
• The Cully Collective Market, an attempt to start a farmer’s market in the Cully neighborhood that will provide a public gathering space, as well as healthy food, at affordable rates. They received $4,280.
• Hacienda CDC for their Extresiones Film and Photography Project, providing youngsters an opportunity to express themselves and portray their world through photography. They received $2,300.
• Film Action Oregon for their Hollywood Community Gardens project, an effort to turn the long-vacant land west of the Hollywood Theatre into a garden whose produce will be contributed to Loaves and Fishes for its clients. It will also serve as a public gathering space. The land housed a commercial complex before a catastrophic fire destroyed it. The project received $4,400.
• The Portland International District for its annual International Day Multi-Cultural Festival. They received $2,022.
• The Senior Citizen Asian Cultural Event. They received $3,834.
The Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, and Northwest Coalition of Neighborhoods which received the largest grant allocation, will not finalize their grant choices until this month.