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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Neighborhood Program

  • Rosewood Mural Rosewood Initiative Mural in Portland's Centennial Neighborhood, covers the back wall of a gas station which was constantly defaced.

Portland's nationally recognized neighborhood system is made up of 95 recognized, independent neighborhood associations and seven neighborhood district coalition offices that represent the entire city of Portland.

Office of Community & Civic Life works to create community-building partnerships, provide technical assistance to other City bureau's outreach and involvement efforts, and trains community members in leadership and community organizing skills.

Civic Life provides grant funding that helps the district coalitions provide support and technical assistance to the volunteer-based neighborhood associations, community groups, and individual citizen-activists.

Civic Life supports Portland's Neighborhood System primarily through:

  • Grants to the seven district coalitions to provide support and tech assistance to the neighborhood associations in their districts.

  • Neighborhood Small Grants Program

  • Training events

  • Technical assistance and problem solving

  • Best practices materials

  • Civic Life Standards

  • Liaison and coordination with City bureaus on issues that affect NAs and Coalitions

  • Support for the monthly neighborhood coalition directors and chairs meeting

For more information about Civic Life Neighborhood program contact: Mingus Mapps, 503-823-5827

Notifications View all »

  1. May 20

    Police Strategic Plan Community Loopbacks

    Community meeting to review the draft Strategic Plan outline and solicit community feedback through small group discussions.

  2. May 15

    Neighbors West Northwest Neighborhood Activist Online

    Neighborhood Associations Rock! Open Meeting; Civic Life Code Change: Community Feedback Survey; and 2019 Portland Community Insights Survey

  3. May 14

    City of Portland: Cannabis Social Equity Grants: funds available! REMINDER: Applications are due by May 24, 2019

    Applicants may request funding for projects and programs ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 in the following priority areas: Record-clearing and expungement, Workforce development, and Re-entry housing services.

  4. May 9

    Civic Life Updates newsletter, Tuesday, May 7, 2019

    Community Feedback Survey issue

  5. May 8

    National Night Out 2019 registration is open!

    Register your party between April 22nd & July 23rd