Portland’s neighborhood associations and local organizations are once again able to apply for part of $100,000 the city has available to fund community-based projects in 2018. In addition to receiving applications and managing grants for projects in their areas, neighborhood coalitions will conduct workshops to guide interested parties through the process.
The grants are given to increase the number and diversity of people engaged in neighborhoods, to strengthen neighborhood capacity by building leadership, identity, skills, relationships and partnerships, and to increase neighborhood impact on public decisions and community life. The funds are especially targeted at projects that engage communities not well served or represented in the past, including people of color, immigrants/refugees, low-income, youth, homeless, disabled and those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.
City commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who oversees the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, said she is pleased to announce another round of funding. “This program is a great example of how small amounts of money can unleash tremendous creativity and leverage resources and benefits far beyond the funds provided,” she said.
In October, North Portland Neighborhood Services will hold a workshop at 7:00 P.M. October 5 at the Historic Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N. Brandon St., and Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods will conduct a workshop on October 12 at 7:00 P.M. at the coalition office, 4815 N.E. Seventh Ave.
Applications will be due at Central Northeast Neighbors and at North Portland Neighborhood Services by 4:00 P.M. on November 13, and at the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods by December 1.
Grants for past Central Northeast Neighbors projects include Cully Community Market, Madison South Summer Block Parties, Welcome Packets for new Cully Residents in Four Languages, Engaging New Differently-abled Young Adults in Community Life, Rigler School Leadership and Cooking Class Projects, Roseway Heights Back to School Celebration and Our 42nd Ave. Community Design Workshop and Literacy Project.