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The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability recently announced the recipients of the 2010 Portland Recycles! Small Grants Program. Of a total of 30 applications, the BPS small grants program funded 18 groups. The organizations ranged from schools to neighborhood groups to grassroots organizations.
The grant program offers neighborhood, community and nonprofit organizations money for projects or items that will help them overcome barriers to waste prevention and increase recycling while educating the community. Program funding is part of an initiative of the Portland Recycles! Plan for outreach and education around increased waste prevention and recycling in the Portland community.
Grant amounts range from $500 to $2,500. The total amount of funding available is $25,000 to neighborhood, community and nonprofit organizations within the city of Portland.
The projects that received funds specifically prevent waste or increase recycling and include an education component and tools for long range use. Other project considerations consisted of the diversity of the organization and the community they reach, evidence that it is ready to be implemented with a clear and realistic budget, and a well thought-out evaluation component.
2010 funded organizations and projects
Arleta K-8 School, Arleta Reusable Trays replacing Styrofoam trays.
Asian Pacific American Senior Coalition (APASC), A Creative Approach to Sustainability offering recycling education and recycled art workshops.
Fir Ridge Alternative School, Compost! Compost! Compost! participating in Portland Composts! Program.
Friends of the Woodstock Community Center, Discontinue use of disposables for all events at Woodstock Community Center.
Friends of Trees, Keeping Our Plantings Green purchasing durable dishes for tree plantings.
Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Composting Works! purchasing compost tumblers for onsite leaf and food scrap composting.
Junk to Funk (J2F), In-School Trashion Art and Edutainment Program.
Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, Reusable plates and cups for community events.
Native American Youth and Family Center, NAYA Family Center Pathway to Sustainability: Durable Dish Purchase and educational signage.
Northeast Portland Tool Library, Tools and Skills for Sustainable Living.
Nurture, NE Household Goods Library purchasing food preservation equipment and durable dishes.
Oregon Science and Industry Museum (OMSI), Reduce Waste in OMSI's Sack Lunch Room engaging students in waste-free lunches and proper disposal.
Pearl District Neighborhood Association/Neighbors West-Northwest, Permanent Plates for the Pearl purchasing durable dishes for community events.
Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, PCRI's Paper and Plastic Challenge eliminating disposable dishes and utensils from the main office and community centers and replacing with durables.
Portland YouthBuilders, Portland YouthBuilders GoGreen promoting composting and purchasing reusable flatware and dishes.
Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH), Restroom Location Sign Project: Showing Old Town Chinatown visitors where to go.
Richmond Neighborhood Association, Richmond One-Can-A-Month Recycling Challenge engaging families in waste prevention.
Volunteers of America Oregon Day Treatment Program, Day Treatment Sustainability Education Project purchasing and installing an energy-efficient dishwasher.
For more information, please visit www.portlandonline.com/bps/grants or call 503-823-7107.