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Street Painting Projects

 Intersection Paintings

Program Description:

Street Paintings explore the bounds of creative placemaking by installing large-scale painting right on the road. They can be found at residential intersections and mid-block on quiet residential streets. These projects feature community-designed and implemented paintings with a process that builds relationships between neighbors and increases residents' ownership of place. 

These projects are initiated, designed, installed, and maintained by the local community.  Neighbors will typically talk with each other at block parties, community potlucks, or door to door to find neighbors interest and ask for ideas to create a proposed design and location.  The following steps are the basic elements to obtaining a permit:

  1. A community proposes a design and location for installation
  2. The City Traffic Engineer approves the design
  3. A petition is created with signatures from 100% of the directly adjacent properties and a total of 80% of all properties along the street in each direction for 400 feet.
  4. Permits are issued for the painting and for a Block Party street closure to install the painting
  5. The painting is maintained as the community chooses.  Often maintenance occurs every 1 to 3 years. 

For more information about street painting, please contact Greg Raisman at 503.823.1052 or greg.raisman@portlandoregon.gov

For information on obtaining a Block Party permit, please visit www.pbotblockparty.com.  Call or write at 503.823.4003, pbotblockparty@portlandoregon.gov

 

Potential Grant Resources:

 

Portland in the Streets

 

PORTLAND BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Pedestrian Plaza; Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades
Important Dates:
 Open odd-numbered years.  June 28 (Applications available); August 31 (Due Date); November (Award announcements); December 31 (Last day of Project Implementation); February 1 (Due: Final report and documentation) 
Funding Amount: Maximum is $20K; Previous years funding range: $1K to $10K 
Grant Page:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/73920
Program
: Portland in the Streets Community Grant 
Overview: Supports community-driven projects focused on transportation safety, equity, innovation and placemaking.

The Portland in the Streets Community Grant applications were due August 31, 2017. During the application period, eighty-two community members attended three informational workshops that provided more information and made staff available for technical questions. With the support of consults from Design + Culture Lab, there was also an intentional effort to solicit ideas from communities that have historically been underserved by City services and programming. Applications were scored for (1) project feasibility; (2) community partnerships and equity; (3) transportation and safety benefit; and (4) livability and community placemaking.

 

 

Metro Grants

METRO

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades
Important Dates: Applications will open again in January 2019 
Funding Amount: Maximum is $25K; Previous years funding range: $5K to $25K 
Grant
Webpage: https://www.oregonmetro.gov/tools-partners/grants-and-resources/community-placemaking-grants
Program: Community Placemaking Grants
Overview: Supporting creative projects that empower and involve community members to make changes they want to see in their neighborhoods.

Community Placemaking grants that support creative projects that strengthen social fabric and foster connection to place.  Projects that tests new ways to use the public space that could become permanent, or it can be temporary.  The Community Placemaking Grants have four main funding priorities: Placemaking, equity, partnerships, and leadership. 

  • Placemaking: Prompt people to think differently about a place, foster a personal connection to place and strengthen social fabric.
  • Equity: Promote equitable access to, participation in and benefits from placemaking activities.
  • Partnerships: Promote projects that rely cross sector collaboration (public, private, community).
  • Leadership: Build community capacity for civic engagement.

 

 APANO Creative Placemaking Grants

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN NETWORK OF OREGON (APANO)

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Street Painting, Parades
Important Dates: NOTE: Granting cycle 2018 to 2019 is currently not being offered.  Applications due end of November of open granting cycle year.
Funding Amount: Maximum is $10K; Previous years funding range: $5K to $10K 
Grant Webpage:
http://www.apano.org/blog/2017/12/18/announcing-our-2018-creative-placemaking-grantees/
Program
: APANO Creative Placemaking Grant
Overview: Funding local artists and residents to lead creative placemaking projects to engage the East Portland community in issues that affect them.

Funding grants for projects in the Jade and Midway Districts, intended for individuals connected to the community. Artists and those who do not identify as such are encouraged to apply.

 

 

 National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Pedestrian Plaza; Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades
Important Dates: Early August (Application due); April of following year (Grant announcements); July of following year (Earliest beginning date for project commencement)  
Funding Amount: Maximum is $100K; Previous years funding range: $25K to $100K 
Grant Page:
https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/introduction  
Program
: Our Town Grant 
Overview: The “Our Town Grant” deems the following as eligible requests for funding: design fees, preparing space for an exhibit, installation or de-installation of art, and community planning.

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into strategies for strengthening communities.

 

 Oregon Community Foundation Grants

THE OREGON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (OFC)

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades
Important Dates: (a) Community Grant: Spring and Fall Cycles.  December 1 (Spring Cycle window opens); Following year January 15 (Application due date); Following year May (Announcements). June 1 (Fall Cycle window opens); Following year July 15 (Application due date); Following year November (Announcements). (b) Nike Community Impact Fund:  There are two granting cycles.  October 18 to December 2018; April 15 to June 1.
Funding Amount: (a) Community Grant is $20K; (b) Nike Community Impact Fund is $20K. 
Grant Page:
https://www.oregoncf.org/grants-scholarships/grants  
Program
: Two applicable grant programs: (a) Community Grant Program; and (b) Nike Community Impact Fund Program.  Other grant programs listed on grant page may not apply to a Portland in the Streets program area. 
Overview: Each OCF grant program has specific grant priorities.  The two listed below are the most applicable to Portland in the Streets program scopes.

Community Grant Program supports projects that: creative solutions arise from community partnerships to address common needs and aspirations; projects that create positive substantive change that attempts to resolve problems at their source.

Nike Community Impact Fund supports grassroots organizations (nonprofits, community centers and local schools) to engage and encourage youth to undertake physical activity, to keep kids moving, and creating stronger communities where play, sport and physical activity are a highly-valued part of everyday life. The majority of funded projects are those that are explicitly sports-based or physical activity-based programs.  About one in five funded projects are those that address community challenges through community-based solutions.

 

 Oregon Grant Watch

OREGON GRANT WATCH

PORTLAND BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: There may be grants suitable for the following programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Pedestrian Plaza; Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades Important Dates: Grant specific dates. Funding Amount: Grant specific amounts.  Grant Page: https://oregon.grantwatch.com/   Program: Many grant types on the Grant Watch website/database.   Overview: Grant Watch is a searchable database of grants for nonprofits, small businesses, and individuals.  Site requires registration and offers paid subscription options.

 

 

Oregon GEAR UP

OREGON GEAR UP

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: There may be grants suitable for the following programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Pedestrian Plaza; Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades
Important Dates: Grant specific dates.
Funding Amount: Grant specific amounts. 
Grant Page:
https://oregongearup.org/calendar/fund
Program: Oregon State University’s Funding Opportunities Calendar  
Overview: A database of funding opportunities geared towards funding programs that advocate for a successful pursuit of a postsecondary education in low-income middle school and high school students.

Inclusion into Oregon GEAR UP’s funding calendar is based on program alignment with those of GEAR UP’s research-based principles, known as the 5 R’s:

  1. Reaching Higher: High expectations for students;
  2. Rigor: Academic preparation and support;
  3. Relevance: Career exploration and connection;
  4. Relationships: Supportive peers and adults; and
  5. Raising Awareness: admissions and financial aid info.

 

 Portland Community & Civic Life

COMMUNITY & CIVIC LIFE

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Pedestrian Plaza; Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades Important Dates: The City of Portland Neighborhood Small Grant is structured into seven grants organized by seven neighborhood coalitions.  Each of the seven neighborhood coalitions has its own open and due date for this grant.  Funding Amount: The grant amount is variable with respect to coalition.  Each coalition administers their own small grant program. Typical small grants range from $1,000 to $3,000. Grant Page: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/43120 Program: Neighborhood Small Grants Overview: Community engagement projects that will benefit those communities in which the granting coalition is located.

The City of Portland Neighborhood Small Grant is structured into seven grants organized by seven neighborhood coalitions.  Each of the seven neighborhood coalitions has its own open and due date for this grant.

The overall priority for these grants is to engage community, strengthen connections between members of a community, build neighborhood capacity, and increase impact on public decisions and community life. The PITS program areas could be outlets to these engagements.

 

 AARP Community Challenge

AARP

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Pedestrian Plaza; Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting. Important Dates: March to May (open and due date); Late June: notifications to applicants on status; November of same year: project completion; December: Project Report Due Funding Amount: Variable Grant Page: https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/about/info-2017/aarp-community-challenge.html   Program: Community Challenge   Overview: AARP offers "quick-action" grants to make communities more livable for people of all ages.

The AARP Community Challenge Grant awardees are those projects that improve social connections through the built environment for people of all ages and abilities; expand work, volunteer, educational and/or training opportunities for all residents;’ and drive inclusive engagement and interaction across a diverse population.

 

 Southwest Airlines + Project for Public Spaces

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES + PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Pedestrian Plaza; Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting. Important Dates: Both Southwest Airlines and Project for Public Spaces are currently exploring new granting priorities to redefine the granting program and it’s intended impact on communities.  Announcements on a new granting cycle are expected in the future.  Funding Amount: TBA  Grant Page: https://www.pps.org/heart-of-the-community Program: Heart of the Community (currently not offered in 2018) Overview: Provide financial and technical assistance to local community partners who seek to bring new life to their public spaces.

Heart of the Community is a signature outreach program of Southwest Airlines with a mission to build connections that bring people together and strengthen communities for a more resilient future. 

Hear of the Community Grant goals are the following:

  • Help communities bring new life to their public spaces, transforming them into vibrant places that connect people and strengthen communities
  • Raise awareness of placemaking as a mainstream approach and a catalyst for building sustainable, healthy, inclusive, and economically viable communities
  • Encourage activation, participation, and volunteerism in public spaces to benefit local communities.

 

 

 The Kresge Foundation - Place Based Initiatives

THE KRESGE FOUNDATION

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades Important Dates: Application period is on an ongoing basis; there is no deadline. Funding Amount: Variable.  Grant Page: https://kresge.org/programs/arts-culture/place-based-initiatives-0   Program: Portland in the Streets Community Grant   Overview: The Kresge Foundation Place-based initiative grant supports established Creative Placemaking practitioners that work in disinvested communities and seek to improve the bedrock conditions of low income people.

The Kresge Foundation welcomes the following proposals from organizations or individuals that:

  • Infuse creativity (arts, culture and community-engaged design) into comprehensive community development and urban planning practices.
  • Build on a community’s assets and distinctive attributes, recognizing and highlighting narratives of place.
  • Are cross-sector and cross-disciplinary – collaborations of multiple partners from different sectors (public/private) and disciplines (arts, health, environment, human services).
  • Take root in economically distressed communities and ensures that residents with low incomes contribute to, engage in, benefit from, and are empowered by activities.

 

 Prosper Portland Community Livability Grant

PROSPER PORTLAND

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Pedestrian Plaza; Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades Important Dates:  September 11, 2018 (Application period begins); November 16, 2018 (Proposals due date); January 2019 (Grant announcements) Funding Amount:  Variable. Grant Page: https://prosperportland.us/portfolio-items/community-livability-grant/   Program: Community Livability Grant (CLG) Program  Overview: Prosper Portland is seeking proposals from community-based organizations for projects that foster vibrant and healthy neighborhoods and improve the prosperity of area residents and businesses.

Projects must be located within:

The Community Livability Grant prioritizes proposals that benefit communities of color or people with low incomes, and those projects that promote widely shared prosperity. Such projects would, for example, encompass the following project priorities:

  • Support wealth creation opportunities for small business owners
  • Improve access to jobs and workforce development services
  • Honor and enhance the neighborhood’s cultural diversity and history
  • Deliver a community asset tailored to the community’s expressed priorities and opportunities

 

Venture Portland Destination Investment Grants

VENTURE PORTLAND

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Pedestrian Plaza; Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades Important Dates: September 6, 2018 (Mandatory Grants Certification Training  October 5, 2018 (Application due date) Funding Amount: This is a matching grant program that must be matched at least 1-to-1 with cash.  Maximum is $10K with funding range of $5K to $10K  Grant Page: http://ventureportland.org/member-center/grants-2/destination-investment-grants/   Program: Destination Investment Grants Overview: Applicants may apply for funds for a project that fits into one of the six Destination Investment Categories (1. Accessibility; 2, Greenery; 3. Public Art; 4. Seasonal Decorations; 5. Signage; and/or 6. Trash Cans). All projects must be publicly accessible (in the public right-of-way or on private property). The business district is responsible for long term maintenance of all physical improvements and should have a plan for self-sustainability before applying.

NOTE: Participation by two business district representatives is mandatory at the 2018-2019 Grant Certification Training on 9/6/18 to apply for a Fall/Winter 2018-2019 grant.

Destination Investment Grants, distributed once a year, provide strategic financial support for significant physical improvements in business districts that enhance the customer/visitor experience, reinforce the district’s identity and promote the district as a destination. Districts can apply for one-time-only funding in each of six key Categories of medium-scale, publicly accessible physical improvements. Once a Destination Investment project has been completed, business districts are eligible to apply for a project in a different Destination Investment Category.

Venture Portland six funding categories/priorities are:

  • Accessibility – Benches, bike racks, pocket parks, plazas, cross walks, stop signs, traffic lights, rapid flash beacons
  • Greenery – Street trees, planters, flower baskets, green walls, pocket parks
  • Public Art – Sculptures, murals, cultural/historical markers
  • Seasonal Decorations – Holiday, Halloween, winter lighting, flower baskets
  • Signage – Banners (semi-permanent only; temporary cross-street banners are ineligible), wayfinding, kiosks, point-of-entry, cultural/historical markers
  • Trash Cans – District is responsible for funding frequent, long term garbage collection