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Community & Civic Engagement Small Grants Program

$100,000 AVAILABLE FOR NEIGHBORHOOD AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECTS IN 2019

The City of Portland Community & Civic Engagement Small Grants Program (formerly "Neighborhood Small Grants Program") has approximately $100,000 available to give out in grants to neighborhood and community organizations for community engagement projects in 2019.

The City of Portland Office of Community & Civic Life is partnering with Portland’s seven neighborhood district coalitions to give out the funds. The seven neighborhood coalitions and their grant funds available are: 

  • Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN) -- $10,000
  • East Portland Community Office (EPCO) -- (EPCO is not participating in the grant program this year.)
  • Neighbors West-Northwest (NWNW) -- $13,423
  • North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS) -- (NPNS is not participating in this grant program this year--see below for other NPNS grant opportunities.)
  • Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) -- $14,000
  • Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition (SE Uplift)   -- $27,165
  • Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) -- $13,833

(If you want to know why the grant allocation amount varies for each neighborhood coalition, CLICK HERE to learn more about the funding allocation formula ONI uses to determine these amounts.)  

To be eligible for grant funding a project must benefit the community in one of the coalition districts above.

(To view a map of the neighborhood district boundaries CLICK HERE.)

Each neighborhood coalition has its own application process.

To apply for a grant, identify the district in which the project would take place, and follow the application process for that district.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESSES, GRANT WORKSHOPS, ETC.:

Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN)

  • Grant Application Available:                     NOW
  • Grant Application Due:                          Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
  • Website:                                                   CNN Small Grants
  • Contact:                                                    Sandra Lefrancois (sandral@cnncoalition.org; 503-823-2780)
  • Grant Workshop:                                     Thursday, September 20, 2018, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., CNN office, 4415 NE 87th Ave.

East Portland Community Office (EPCO)

EPCO will not be participating in the Community & Civic Engagement Small Grants Program this year.               

Neighbors West-Northwest (NWNW)

  • Grant Application Available:                      NOW         
  • Grant Application Due:                           Tuesday, January 1, 2019, by 4 p.m.
  • Website:                                                    NWNW Small Grants
  • Contact:                                                    Anastasia Zurcher (Anastasia@nwnw.org, 503-823-4288)
  • Grant Workshop:                                      Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS)

NPNS will not be participating in the Community & Civic Engagement Small Grants Program this year.

Instead, NPNS is offering two other grant programs:

  • North Portland Trust Fund (PPR PIR) $35,000, and
  • Vanport Legacy Fund (Metro $65,000)

For more information about these grant programs, please contact NPNS Grants Administrator Mary Jaron Kelly (mary@npnscommunity.org; 503-823-4099) or visit the NPNS website:     NPNS Local Funds

 Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) 

  • Grant Application Available:                      Thursday, October 11, 2018
  • Grant Application Due:                           Tuesday, January 15, 2019
  • Website:                                                    NECN Community Small Grants
  • Contact:                                                     Mischa Webley, (mischa@necoalition.org ; 503-388-9030)
  • Grant Workshop/Info Session:                  to be announced       

Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition

  • Grant Application Available:                      Friday, October 19, 2018
  • Grant Application Due:                           Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Website:                                                    SE Uplift Neighborhood Small Grant Program
  • Contact:                                                     Muz Afzal  (muz@seuplift.org; 503 232 0010, Ext. 319)
  • Grant Workshops:                                     to be announced 

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI)

  • Grant Application Available:                      Monday, October 1, 2018
  • Grant Application Due:                           Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Website:                                                    SWNI Neighborhood Small Grants
  • Contact:                                                     John Tappero, SWNI program coordinator, (john@swni.org, 503-823-4592)
  • Grant Workshop:                                     Monday, October 29, 2018, 6:00 p.m., Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy.
  • Grant Workshop:                                     Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:00 p.m., Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy.
  • Grant Workshop:                                     Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy.

 

For more information about the Community & Civic Engagement Small Grants Program, contact Meg Juarez, 503-823-2030, meg.juarez@portlandoregon.gov.

 

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  2. Jan 3

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