By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
A city bureau is looking for community based projects that would improve Portland’s watershed and benefit neighborhoods. The Bureau of Environmental Services has grants of up to $10,000 for selected proposals.
The bureau has set a deadline of 4 p.m. February 14 for community groups to submit a one-page, pre-application form for the Community Watershed Stewardship Program, said Linc Mann, bureau spokesman. Staff members will review proposals and invite selected applicants to submit a full application form.
Program information and application forms are available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/stewardship. For help developing project ideas and creating an application, contact Rosa Lehman at (503) 823-7917 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The bureau is especially interested in applications from underrepresented groups, Mann said. Those groups include people of color, immigrants, elders, youth, people with disabilities and low-income residents.
Past projects have included constructing rain gardens to manage stormwater runoff, restoring native plants to improve wildlife habitat and cleaning up natural areas.
City Commissioner Nick Fish said, “The impact of these grants is multiplied many times over by the sweat equity of volunteers who take personal ownership of their neighborhood projects.”