(June 28, 2017) Today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation announced the Portland in the Streets Community Grant Program. The program will support creative community projects to make neighborhood streets, sidewalks and trails safer, more beautiful and open to all. Portland community and neighborhood groups are eligible to apply for up to $20,000 to finance their initiatives. A total of $100,000 in grant money will be available.
“Promoting safety, mobility and transportation access for all Portlanders is central to PBOT’s mission,” said Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “We created this program because small changes can make a big difference. We’re inviting Portlanders to put their local knowledge and creativity to work to benefit their communities.”
"I want to empower Portlanders with this grant program. They know best how their streets can serve them differently and better," said Portland Transportation Director Leah Treat. “I know there is a lot of creative and innovative energy out there, and we’re very excited to see the proposals.”
PBOT seeks proposals for community-driven projects focused on transportation safety, equity, innovation and placemaking. Portlanders are especially encouraged to submit proposals for small-scale transportation safety projects in support of Vision Zero, creative community infrastructure projects, events in city streets, urban trail projects and initiatives that support innovative community engagement.
Grant applications are due on August 31st, 2017. To assist community groups with their applications, PBOT will hold two information workshops on July 26th and 27th, 2017. More information about the program, including the application form, can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/73920
Groups that have applied for other community grants, such as the Metro Community Placemaking Program, are encouraged to apply for the Portland in the Streets program.