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Press Release for Small Grants Program

Friday, September 7, 2012




For Immediate Release    

Paul Leistner, Office of Neighborhood Involvement



City of Portlandprogram to distribute $94,000 in Neighborhood Small Grants for projects in 2013.


Grant proposals are being accepted throughPortland’s seven neighborhood District Coalition offices.


Portland, Oregon. The City of Portland, Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) and Portland’s seven neighborhood District Coalitions announce the 7th year of the Neighborhood Small Grants Program with $94,000 available to fund neighborhood and community projects.  The program’s goal is to provide neighborhood and community organizations the opportunity to build community, attract new and diverse members, and sustain those already involved.  Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.  Check with each district coalition office for specific application requirements and deadlines. More information is available at:

The deadlines to turn in grant applications vary across different District Coalitions:

  • Thursday,      November 1, 2012
    • Central Northeast Neighbors — 4 p.m.
    • Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods — 5 p.m.
    • Neighbors       West/Northwest — 2 p.m.
  •  Monday, November 5, 2012
    • East PortlandNeighborhood       Office — 2 p.m.
    • Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition — 4 p.m.
    • Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. — 2 p.m.
  • Thursday,      January 31, 2013
    • North PortlandNeighborhood       Services — 2 p.m.


For information on on submitting grant proposals to specific District Coalition areas contact:

  • Central      Northeast Neighbors:  Sandra      Lefrancois, 503-823-2780
  • East Portland     Neighborhood Office:  David Ashton,      503-823-4550
  • Neighbors      West-Northwest:  Angela Southwick,      503-823-4211
  • Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods:  503-388-5004
  • North PortlandNeighborhood Services:  Tom      Griffin-Valade, 503-823-4524; Arolia McSwain, 503-823-0209
  • Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition:  Blythe Pavlik, 503-232-0010 x321
  • Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.:       Payal Razdan, 503-823-4592


First six years of grant program funds 536 projects

In its first six years, the City ofPortland’s Neighborhood Small Grants program awarded $1,025,553 to 536 neighborhood and community projects. The average grant award was $1,861. These projects leveraged well over $5 million in volunteer time, in-kind donations, and other community resources.

“This very popular program unleashes tremendous creativity in our community. It leverages significant community resources and good will and sows the seeds of partnership at the most local level. We’re grateful to City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and the City Council for their continued strong support for this valuable community program,” commented Amalia Alarcon de Morris, director of the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement:


Neighborhood-based organizations led 257 (48%) of these projects. Under-engaged community organizations led 168 projects (37%). The program defines under-engaged organizations as those primarily led by and/or serving people of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income individuals and families, schools and youth, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bi, transgendered people.

Projects funded in past years have included: community flyers, door-to–door outreach, tree plantings, community theater and music performances, fairs and festivals, neighborhood picnics, music events, outdoor movies, outreach to and community building by underrepresented groups, neighborhood history projects, community gardens, workshops on a wide variety of topics, natural area restoration, cultural arts programs, school/neighborhood partnerships, used good exchanges, neighborhood signs, neighborhood mapping, sewing lessons for Somali women, and much more.

Grants administered by seven Neighborhood District Coalitions

The Neighborhood Small Grants Program is administered through the seven neighborhood District Coalitions funded by the Office of Neighborhood Involvement. Applicants need to apply to the neighborhood District Coalition responsible for the area of the city in which their project will take place.

Each district coalition has been allocated a percentage of total funds based upon a formula that considers the number of neighborhood associations and relative income levels.  Some district coalitions have augmented their funds available from other resources. District Coalitions plan to give out the following total grant amounts to support community projects in 2013:

  • Central Northeast Neighbors                                      $10,000
  • East PortlandNeighborhood Office                             $30,000
  • Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods                          $10,220
  • North PortlandNeighborhood Services                                $20,000
  • Neighbors West Northwest                                                $12,500
  • Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition                      $21,603
  • Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.                                  $10,020


Community members lead the grant application review and selection processes. Each District Coalition establishes a grant selection committee composed of individuals from the District Coalition, neighborhood associations, local non-profit organizations, the business community, and leaders from the under-represented communities.

The City Council first approved this highly popular grants program as part of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s 2006-2007 fiscal year. The program was created in response to years of input from neighborhood and community leaders asking for direct funding to neighborhood associations and other community-based groups to allow them to work on local community priorities and projects.


Grant information sessions offered

Organizations interested in submitting grant proposals strongly are encouraged to attend the grant information session offered by the neighborhood District coalition office for the district in which their project will take place. These information sessions will help answer questions about who can apply, what the funds can be used for, filling out the application, the review process, and the unique priorities and requirements of each District Coalition. Those unable to attend the information session should contact the District Coalition grant manager.

Community members interested in applying for a grant should attend the information session in the district in which they plan to apply:


Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
4415 NE 87th Ave.
Contact:  Sandra Lefrancois, 503-823-2780,

East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO)

Monday. September 24, 2012

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
1017 NE 117th Ave. (between Halsey & Glisan)
Contact: David Ashton, 503-823-4550,

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN)

Wednesday. October 4, 2012
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
4815 NE 7th
Contact:  503-388-5004;

North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Historic Kenton Firehouse

8105 N. Brandon
Contact: Tom Griffin-Valade, 503-823-4524,, or
Arolia McSwain, 503-823-0209,

Neighbors West/Northwest (NWNW)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital,
Building 2, 2nd Floor Conference Room
1040 NW 22nd Ave.
Contact:  Angela Southwick, 503-823-4211,

Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition (SE Uplift) (preregistration requested)

Saturday September 15, 2012

10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon


Thursday, September 27, 2012
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main
Contact: Blythe Pavlik, 503-232-0010, x321,

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) (preregistration requested)

Wednesday. October 10, 2012
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Multnomah Center
7688 SW Capitol Hwy.
Contact:  Payal Razdan, 503-823-4592,

Please call the appropriate District Coalition grant manager for more information. Please call seven days in advance for special needs accommodations for people with disabilities at 503-823-4519, or TTY 503-823-6868. All sites are wheelchair accessible.

General information on this grant program can be found on the Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s website at  See attached pages for contact information for each district coalition and links to maps of each district coalition area.


Below is contact information for each district coalition, links to maps of each coalition area, and lists of the neighborhoods served by each district coalition for the purposes of this grant program.

Central Northeast Neighbors

Sandra Lefrancois, Community Program Director


4415 NE 87th Ave.,Portland,OR 97220

Map of this coalition area at:

Includes the following neighborhoods:

Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully,Hollywood, Madison South,RoseCityPark, Roseway, Sumner, andSunderland

East Portland Neighborhood Office

David Ashton, Community Projects Coordinator


1017 NE 117th Ave.,Portland,OR 97220

Map of this coalition area at:

Includes the following neighborhoods:

Argay, Centennial, Glenfair, Hazelwood, Lents, Mill Park, Parkrose, Parkrose Heights, Pleasant Valley, Russell, Wilkes, Woodland Park, Powellhurst-Gilbert

Neighbors West/Northwest

Angela Southwick, Community Resources Program Manager


2257 NWRaleigh,Portland,OR 97210

Map of this coalition area at: 

Includes the following neighborhoods:

Arlington Heights, Downtown, Forest Park, Goosehollow, Hillside, Linnton, Northwest District, Northwest Heights, Northwest Industrial, Old Town/Chinatown, Pearl District, Portland Downtown, and Sylvan-Highlands

North Portland Neighborhood Services

Tom Griffin-Valade, Executive Director


Arolia McSwain, Staff Assistant


2209 N. Schofield,Portland,OR 97217


Map of this coalition area at:

Includes the following neighborhoods:

Arbor Lodge,Bridgeton,Portsmouth, East Columbia,CathedralPark,HaydenIsland, Kenton, Overlook, Piedmont,St. Johns, andUniversity   Park

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods


4815 NE 7th Ave.,Portland,OR 97211

Map of this coalition area at:

Includes the following neighborhoods:

Alameda,Boise, Concordia, Eliot, Grant Park, Humboldt,Irvington, King, Sabin, Sullivan’s Gulch,Vernon, Woodlawn andLloydDistrict

Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition

Blythe Pavlik, Communications Program Manager

503-232-0010 x 321,

3534 SE Main,Portland,OR 97214

Map of this coalition area at:

Includes the following neighborhoods:

Ardenwald/Johnson Creek, Brentwood/Darlington, Brooklyn, Buckman, Center, Creston-Kenilworth, Eastmoreland, Foster-Powell, Hosford-Abernethy, Kerns, Laurelhurst, Montavilla, Mt. Tabor, Mt. Scott-Arleta, South Tabor, Reed, Richmond, Sellwood-Moreland, Sunnyside, and Woodstock

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.

Payal Razdan, Outreach Coordinator           


7688 SW Capitol Highway,Portland,OR 97219

Map of this coalition area at:

Includes the following neighborhoods:

Arnold Creek, Ashcreek, Bridlemile, Collins View, Corbett-Terwilliger-Lair Hill, Crestwood, Far Southwest, Hayhurst, Hillsdale, Homestead, Maplewood, Markham, Marshall Park, Multnomah, South Burlingame, West Portland Park, Southwest Hills, and Healy Heights