Fall usually is the time when Portland’s neighborhood district coalitions advertize the City of Portland’s Neighborhood Small Grants Program and community members come up with ideas for projects and events and submit their grant applications. Because of City budget cuts, no new Neighborhood Small Grants are being offered this year. (e.g. no applications are being accepted in fall 2013 for new grants in 2014).
The Neighborhood Small Grants Program is a very popular program that generates a lot of community creativity and leverages significant community resources. ONI and neighborhood and community members plan to advocate for restored funding for the program in the future.
The decision not to fund any new Neighborhood Small Grants was proposed by the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) Bureau Advisory Committee (BAC). The ONI BAC includes members from all of ONI’s community partner organizations and members of the public. Mayor Hales had asked all City agencies to propose cuts to their budgets as part of the budget development processes for fiscal year 2013-14. The ONI BAC members reviewed ONI’s mission and priorities and proposed that no new Neighborhood Small Grants would be funded this year to preserve the ongoing capacity of ONI’s community partner organizations and other parts of Portland’s community involvement system.
ONI’s budget for this year does include funding to ensure that Portland’s seven neighborhood coalitions can continue to provide staff support to Neighborhood Small Grant projects already under way.
ONI and its community partners are committed to advocating for restored funding for the Neighborhood Small Grants program in the future.
For more information about the Neighborhood Small Grants program, contact ONI Neighborhood Program Coordinator Paul Leistner, 503-823-5284, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about existing Neighborhood Small Grants Program projects, please contact the appropriate neighborhood coalition office: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/28390