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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. Nov 20

    Metro offers Community Placemaking grants for 2020!

    Metro’s Community Placemaking grants help people tackle challenges or opportunities by supporting arts-based, equity-focused efforts. Up to $190,000 is available in grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. No matching funds are required.

  2. Nov 19

    Neighborhood Activist Online: Neighbors West Northwest

    Learn More About Residential Infill & the Impacts of Zoning; Be a Grantmaker; Earthquake Preparedness Seminar; Have Fun While Supporting Our Neighbors; Leaf Day Schedule; and more!

  3. Nov 19

    City Council Considering Extension of Sunset Date for Tree Preservation of Private Trees in Development Situations

    Amendment to the recommendation to revise the sunset date of the regulations to December 31, 2050: Written testimony open until December 5, 2019, and Council is scheduled to take action December 5, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Time Certain.

  4. Nov 13

    Cannabis Policy Oversight Team (CPOT) Meeting Date Change

    The Cannabis Policy Oversight Team (CPOT) meeting will be on the 3rd Thursday this month. November 21, 2019, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Rose Room, 3rd Floor- Portland City Hall

  5. Nov 5

    Public Hearing: Administrative Rules for Fair Access in Renting (FAIR) Ordinance

    Portland Housing Bureau FAIR Public Hearing Nov. 7 at 421 SW 6th Ave. #500, 3-5pm