In February, the Cully Association of Neighbors and the Cully Boulevard Alliance awarded mini-grants to nine projects that enhance the enjoyment and livability of Cully. Eligible projects can include temporary or permanent works of art, festivals and community-building projects. Applicants must be Cully residents and projects must occur within the Cully neighborhood. Now in its third year, the program received more applications this year than in any previous year. The grants totaled $3696, from a potential pool of $4000.
“Cully is the most culturally diverse neighborhood in Portland,” said Xan Hamilton. “The CAN mini-grant committee was excited to both receive and have the opportunity to fund applicants that reflect that diversity.”
Grants were awarded to the Ainsworth Street public kiosk, placemaking art at Columbia EcoVillage, Cully-based performers for Our 42nd Avenue’s harvest festival, Wygant Street mid-block repair and insect hotels, Living Cully Plaza youth recreation area, Dia de los Niños at Rigler elementary school, Feria de Bicicleta de Cully during Northeast Sunday Parkways, Seasonal Wellness Collective’s community wellness day and the Cully Community Kitchen.
“Cully Community Kitchen is so grateful for this grant,” aid Nancy Matthias, one of Cully community Kitchen’s leaders. “With this resource, we’ll be able to provide more opportunities for our diverse neighborhood to gather together over a shared love of food and the desire to build a closer community. More good food, more good neighbors, more good connections to our Cully community.”