A half-dozen North and Northeast Portland projects are among 13 recipients of spring/summer grants awarded by Venture Portland, a nonprofit that seeks to build capacity of and connections between Portland’s neighborhood business districts. The seasonal grants announced in April total just under $30,000.
Beaumont’s June 25 Dash to Doughnuts and Montavilla/East Tabor’s July 30 Street Fair were among the events named. Also funded were district maps for the Central Eastside Industrial and Williams districts. Northeast Broadway’s strategy to strengthen the district and its businesses, and North/Northeast’s project to provide video production skills training to disadvantaged youth were among the programs receiving grants.
“Venture Portland’s grants stimulate neighborhood economic development in real time,” said Alison Stoll, Venture Portland’s grants committee chair and Parkrose Business Association delegate.
“It’s incredible to see the immediate positive impact the grants have on our local economy. Our only regret is that we do not have more funds to distribute,” she added.
Since 1995, Venture Portland has granted $1.4 million to fund 519 business district projects, leveraging more than $4.7 million in additional private investment in districts city-wide. For more information about Venture Portland’s grants program visit www.ventureportland.org/grants.