By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods is offering six grants of $2,000 each for community-based projects that offer benefits to residents of inner-North and -Northeast Portland. The deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 25 to apply for the funding. The 12 neighborhoods in the coalition include Alameda, Boise, Concordia, Eliot, Grant Park, Humboldt, Irvington, King, Sabin, Sullivan’s Gulch, Vernon and Woodlawn.
According to the coalition’s guidelines, proposals will be selected for funding based on these goals: The potential to 1. Involve and benefit a broad, diverse group of people; 2. Build leadership, identity, skills, relationships and partnerships, especially with and among historically underrepresented populations; 3. Increase community capacity to influence public decisions and shape the future of inner North and Northeast Portland.
One of the projects awarded a grant last year was the Woodlawn Farmer’s Market, said coordinator Avery Lewis.
“The grant awarded to us by NECN truly gave the market its launching power,” Ms. Lewis said.
The market now includes regular vendors providing fresh produce and other goods, live music by local musicians and workshops for such topics as kombucha brewing, bicycle maintenance, and canning and preserving produce, according to information from the NECN office. The full program information and application form is at www.necoalition.org/grants. Descriptions of projects funded in past years also are available at that site.