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ONI announces $100,000 available for Neighborhood Small Grants projects in 2018—grant workshops and applications available this fall

Thursday, September 7, 2017

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release    

Paul Leistner, Office of Neighborhood Involvement

503-823-5284, paul.leistner@portlandoregon.gov

City of Portland program to distribute $100,000 in Neighborhood Small Grants for projects in 2018.

Grant proposals will be accepted through Portland’s seven neighborhood District Coalition offices.

 

Portland, Oregon. The City of Portland, Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) and Portland’s seven neighborhood District Coalitions are excited to offer another year of the City of Portland’s Neighborhood Small Grants Program. This year, $100,000 is available to fund projects by neighborhood associations and community-based organizations. Projects must be completed in 2018. Grants are awarded on a completive basis. Applicants should apply through the neighborhood District Coalition office for the district in which their project will take place. Each neighborhood District Coalition manages its own application process. Check with each District Coalition office for their specific application requirements and deadlines. More information and a map of the districts is available at:  https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/43120.

Proposed grant projects must meet one or more of the following goals:

  • Increase the number and diversity of people who are engaged in their communities and neighborhoods.
  • Strengthen community and neighborhood capacity to build community leadership, identify, skills, relationships and/or partnerships.
  • Increase community and neighborhood impact on public decisions and community life.

A high priority for this grant program is engagement of historically under-represented and under-served communities. These include: people of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income individuals and families, youth, people who are houseless, people with disabilities, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ).

“ONI is pleased to announce another year of the City of Portland’s very popular Neighborhood Small Grants Program. This program is a great example of how small amounts of money can unleash tremendous creativity in our community and leverage resources and benefits far beyond the funds provided. These grants also help community members build important skills and relationships that can continue to benefit them and their communities for years to come,” commented City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, the city commissioner in charge of ONI.

Organizations interested in applying for a grant are strongly encouraged to attend the grant workshop offered by the neighborhood District Coalition for the district in which they are applying. Each neighborhood District Coalition manages its own application process. Workshop participants will learn about current funding priorities, get tips on how to prepare a successful grant proposal, receive feedback on project ideas, and get to network with other community members.

GRANT WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:

September 2017:

  • North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS): Tuesday, September 19, 2017, (and Thursday October 5, 2017,) 7:00 to 8;00 p.m., Historic Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N. Brandon St.
  • Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN): Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., CNN office, 4415 NE 87th Ave.

October 2017:

  • North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS): Thursday October 5, 2017, 7:00 to 8;00 p.m., Historic Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N. Brandon St.
  • Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN): Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:00 pm, NECN office, 4815 NE 7th Ave.
  • Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition (SE Uplift): (2 to 3 workshops will be held in October and November; dates and times will be announced by September 21, 2017.)

November 2017:

  • Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI): Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., SWNI Office, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy.
  • East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO): (date to be announced)

December 2017:

  • Neighbors West/Northwest (NWNW): Monday, December 11, 2017, 6 p.m., NWNW office, 2257 NW Raleigh St. (and upon request)

Information on individual neighborhood District Coalition application requirements and deadlines, grant application forms, and grant workshops, contact information, and more is available on the ONI website at:  https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/43120

MORE INFORMATION:

Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN)

East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO) 

Neighbors West/Northwest (NWNW) 

  • Grant Application Available: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
  • Grant Workshop: Monday, December 11, 2017, 6 p.m., NWNW office, 2257 NW Raleigh St. (and upon request)
  • Grant Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
  • Websitehttp://nwnw.org/about-us/what-we-do/grants/
  • Contact:  Anastasia Zurcher (Anastasia@nwnw.org, 503-823-4288)

North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS) 

  • Grant Application Available: NOW
  • Grant Workshop: Free grant workshops will be offered on Tuesday, September, 19, 2017 and Thursday, October 5, 2017, 7:00 to 8;00 p.m., Historic Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N. Brandon St., in Portland.
  • Grant Application Deadline: Monday, November 13, 2017
  • Websitehttp://npnscommunity.org/finding-funds/local-funds/
  • Contact:  Mary Jaron Kelley (mary@npnscommunity.org; 503-823-4099)

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) 

  • Grant Application Available: Monday, September 25, 2017
  • Grant Workshop: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:00 pm, NECN office, 4815 NE 7th Ave.
  • Grant Application Deadline: Monday, December 1, 2017
  • Websitehttp://necoalition.org/projects/grants/
  • Contact:  Fran Ayaribil (fran@necoalition.org; 503-388-9188)

Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition (SE Uplift) 

  • Grant Application Available: Thursday, September 21, 2017
  • Grant Workshop: 2 to 3 workshops will be held in October and November; dates and times will be announced by September 21, 2017
  • Grant Application Deadline: Monday, January 8, 2017, 4 p.m.
  • Websitehttp://www.seuplift.org/neighborhood-small-grant-program/
  • Contact:  Kelly Fedderson (kelly@seuplift.org; 503 232 0010, ext 312)

Southeast Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) 

  • Grant Application Available: NOW
  • Grant Workshop: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., SWNI Office, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy
  • Grant Application Deadline: Friday, January 12, 2017, 5 p.m.
  • Websitehttp://swni.org/grants
  • Contact:  Sylvia Bogert, SWNI executive director (sylvia@swni.org; 503-823-4592)

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