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Grants: Sorted by Date

  

 Portland Community & Civic Life

COMMUNITY & CIVIC LIFE

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 have their own open and due dates for their grants. 

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Pedestrian Plaza; Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades
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 Pagehttps://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.

 Oregon Community Foundation Grants

THE OREGON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (OFC)

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. 

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades
Funding Amount: (a) Community Grant is $20K; (b) Nike Community Impact Fund is $20K. 
Grant Pagehttps://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.

  

 The Kresge Foundation - Place Based Initiatives

THE KRESGE FOUNDATION

Important Dates: Application period is on an ongoing basis; there is no deadline.

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades
Funding Amount: Variable. 
Grant Pagehttps://kresge.org/programs/arts-culture/place-based-initiatives-0  
Program: Place-based Initiatives 
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.

  

Metro Grants

METRO

Important Dates: Applications will open again in January 2019 

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades
Funding Amount: Maximum is $25K; Previous years funding range: $5K to $25K 
Grant Webpagehttps://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.

 

 Charlotte Martin Foundation Grant

CHARLOTTE MARTIN FOUNDATION

Important Dates: There are two funding cycles (Spring and Fall). Spring Funding Cycle is February (Application period begins) to March (Application due date).  Fall Funding Cycle is August (Application period begins) to September (Application due date).

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape.
Funding Amount: Maximum is $25K; Previous years funding range: $1K to $25K 
Grant Pagehttp://www.charlottemartin.org/ 
Program: Two Grant priorities: (a) Youth Grant; and (b) Wildlife & Habitat.
Overview: The Charlotte Martin Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to enriching the lives of youth and preserving and protecting wildlife and habitat.

The Charlotte Martin Foundation Grant priorities are the following: (a) increasing opportunities for minority youth; and (b) promoting biodiversity in a changing climate.  Youth-based projects are those that focus on creating opportunities in areas of education, cultural expression, and athletics.  Conservation-based projects are those that focus on restoring important lands for biodiversity, focal species, and landscape connectivity.

Youth projects that contain the following program elements are candidates for funding: programs that create access to and the creation of diverse cultural experiences; those that improve school-based and out-of-school learning opportunities in STEAM fields; those that increase early college awareness and access to post-secondary education; and those that increase access to sports and diversify sports programs.

Biodiversity/conservation programs that are designed to perform the following are considered candidate projects for funding: those that seek to identify at-risk species and communities with the goal of promoting ecosystem resilience; identification of barriers to migration and mitigation measures to enhance landscape connectivity; those with adaptive restoration strategies based predicted species range expansion and contraction; those that promote biodiversity of the marine and freshwater environments.

  

 AARP Community Challenge

AARP

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

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Pedestrian Plaza; Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting.
Funding Amount: Variable
Grant Pagehttps://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.

 

 BES Watershed Stewardship Program

BUREAU OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

Important Dates: Application for grant year 2019 -- 2020 is in April 2019.

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape
Funding Amount: Maximum is $10K.
Grant Pagehttps://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/43077 
Program: Community Watershed Stewardship Program  
Overview: The Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) helps Portlanders make improvements in their neighborhoods and communities, while also improving the health of our watersheds. CWSP is a partnership between Environmental Services and Portland State University.

The Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) funded programs are those that contain the following project elements:

  • Youth leadership and job skills programs
  • Neighborhood safety, health and livability projects
  • Adding plants and trees to your neighborhood, school or church
  • Cleanup and restoration of parks, playgrounds and streams
  • Community gardens
  • Replacing pavement with native plants
  • Environmental education and art projects

 

 

Portland in the Streets Community Grant

 

 

PORTLAND BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION

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) 

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Pedestrian Plaza; Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades
Funding Amount: Maximum is $20K; Previous years funding range: $1K to $10K 
Grant Pagehttps://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.

  

 National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

Important Dates: Early August (Application due); April of following year (Grant announcements); July of following year (Earliest beginning date for project commencement)  

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Pedestrian Plaza; Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades
Funding Amount: Maximum is $100K; Previous years funding range: $25K to $100K 
Grant Pagehttps://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.

  

 Prosper Portland Community Livability Grant

PROSPER PORTLAND

Important Dates:  September 11, 2018 (Application period begins); November 16, 2018 (Proposals due date); January 2019 (Grant announcements)

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Pedestrian Plaza; Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades
Funding Amount:  Variable.
Grant Pagehttps://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

Important Dates: September 6, 2018 (Mandatory Grants Certification Training  October 5, 2018 (Application due date)

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Pedestrian Plaza; Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting, Parades
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 Pagehttp://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

  

Oregon Humanities Public Program Grants

OREGON HUMANITIES

Important Dates: Letters of interest for 2019 grants are due October 21, 2018. 

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape
Funding Amount: Maximum is $7,500; Previous years funding range: $2K to $7,500K 
Grant Webpagehttps://oregonhumanities.org/programs/public-program-grants/ 
Program: Public Program Grants
Overview: These grants will support programs that bring people together to think and talk about challenging issues and ideas.

Promote conversations in the community through the arts, forums, and re-imagining physical spaces. Social justice through the arts; community conversations; re-contextualizing outdoor spaces with respect to social justice topics; storytelling and narrative sharing of underrepresented peoples.

   

 Oregon Grant Watch

OREGON GRANT WATCH

PORTLAND BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION

Important Dates: Grant specific dates.

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
Funding Amount: Grant specific amounts. 
Grant Pagehttps://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

Important Dates: Grant specific dates.

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
Funding Amount: Grant specific amounts. 
Grant Pagehttps://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.

  

 APANO Creative Placemaking Grants

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN NETWORK OF OREGON (APANO)

Important Dates: NOTE: Granting cycle 2018 to 2019 is currently not being offered.  Applications due end of November of open granting cycle year.

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Street Painting, Parades
Funding Amount: Maximum is $10K; Previous years funding range: $5K to $10K 
Grant Webpagehttp://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.

 

 Southwest Airlines + Project for Public Spaces

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES + PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES

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. 

Applicable Portland In the Streets Programs: Spaces to Places; Adopt a Landscape; Pedestrian Plaza; Street Prototyping; Creative Crosswalks; Street Painting.
Funding Amount: TBA 
Grant Pagehttps://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.