Neighborhood Grants awarded
Three neighborhood offices in “Starland” have awarded Neighborhood Grants for one-time projects. The money, from the city General Fund through the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, is distributed to the city’s seven neighborhood offices and coalitions. They are disbursed to neighborhood associations and other community groups for projects that “increase their capacity,” encourage partnerships, and encourage participation by “under-represented communities.”
Central Northeast Neighbors gave a total of $10,000 for six projects: Community Involvement for Immigrant Teens by the Madison SUN School, the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) and Hacienda CDC; a Health for All Ages Fair in the Cully neighborhood; Food Week (an education project directing people to sources of healthy food) by Madison High School; Our 42nd Avenue Community Design Workshop by the 42nd Avenue Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative District; a community mural by the Harvey Scott SUN School program, and the Vamos en Bici! bike ride leadership program in Cully by the Community Cycling Center, Hacienda and Verde. CNN selected these projects from 14 applications seeking a combined $24,000.
The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods gave $13,710 to 11 projects. These were $1,695 to Chess for Success for an after-school program; $1,143 to the Concordia Neighborhood Association for community maps for churches showing local social service resources; $1,100 to the Sabin Community Association for a Bee-Friendly Garden program, a self-guided tour of 12-15 gardens showing the importance of bee pollination; $1,195 to Create Plenty for a youth Plastic Quilt Project; $1,695 to Meals on Wheels for their Summer in September Jambalaya and Barbecue Festival; $1,505 to Our 42nd Avenue Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative for a Harvest Festival and volunteer recruitment; $895 to Portland Playhouse for community-building events associated with a dramatization of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness; $1,195 to the PreSERVE Coalition for a Community Listening Project to gather input on health concerns by older African-Americans; $895 to the Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association for a Broadway Corridor charrette; $1,195 to the Trash for Peace summer youth program for art installations; $1,195 to the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association for a National Night Out party. NECN received 16 requests for a combined $26,851.
The Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program disbursed $21,603 for 15 projects. These included $2,000 to the VOZ Workers Rights Education Project for skills training for migrant workers; $3,543 to Inclusion, Inc., and Portland Public Schools for community classes for adults with developmental disabilities; $1,960 to the Montavilla Neighborhood Association for Living Stages, in which 82nd Avenue Corridor residents will create and perform original dramas based on their lives; $1,200 to Montavilla Neighborhood Association and Academy Sports for family recreation nights at Konko Church, $2,000 to the North Tabor Neighborhood Association, Laurelhurst Café and the Portland Police Bureau for a community mural on the wall of Penumbra Kelley building at 4747 E. Burnside St.; $500 to the Buckman Community Association and Portland State University for a teen apprenticeship program with University for a teen apprenticeship program with Post5 Theatre, the resident theater company of the Milepost 5 Artist community; $1,250 to the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association for planting street trees in narrow planting strips. (Other grants were for projects outside our readership territory.) SEUL received 20 requests, of which two were deemed invalid under this program, for a total of $54,698. All but two of the grants here were for less than the full amount requested.
North Portland Neighborhood Services had not decided on grant awards at press time.
This is probably the last year in which the grant program will be offered. Anticipating a major budget shortfall, Mayor Charlie Hales has ordered all city bureaus to submit budgets reflecting a 10 percent funding reduction from current levels. The Neighborhood Grants program is considered to be a potential target for cuts by ONI, as are yearly allocations to neighborhood associations for communications, the Graffiti Abatement Program, and the Neighborhood Crime Prevention Program. the resident theater company of the Milepost 5 Artist community; Laurelhurst Café and the Portland Police Bureau for a community mural on the wall of Penumbra Kelley building at 4747 E. Burnside St.; $500 to the Buckman Community Association and Portland State University for a teen apprenticeship program with Post5 Theatre, the resident theater company of the Milepost 5 Artist community.