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Metro Central Enhancement Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies in
for Neighborhood Improvements in Eligible Areas

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09/13/19 Midnight


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Grants typically of up to $50,000 to Oregon nonprofits, schools, government agencies, and faith groups for neighborhood improvements, wildlife habitat enhancements, and recreational opportunities in the funding source's target area. Funding is intended to benefit people who may have been negatively impacted by having a waste transfer station located within their community. The target area stretches along the west side of the Willamette River from the Northwest Neighborhood Association to Linnton, along with North Portland’s Cathedral Park neighborhood and an area around the St. Johns Bridge.

Projects shall meet one or more of the following goals:
- Improve the appearance or environmental quality of the community
- Reduce the amount or toxicity of waste
- Increase reuse and recycling opportunities
- Result in rehabilitation or upgrade of real or personal property owned or operated by a nonprofit organization having 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code
- Result in the preservation or enhancement of wildlife, riparian zones, wetlands, forest lands and marine areas, and improve the public awareness and the opportunities to enjoy them
- Result in improvement to, or an increase in, recreational areas and programs
- Result in improvement in safety
- Benefit youth, seniors, low-income persons or underserved populations

Community enhancement grants are intended to serve people within the target area of all ages and abilities from all backgrounds. Metro encourages applications for projects that involve the leadership and meaningful participation of people of color, immigrants, elders, youth, those with disabilities, low-income residents, and other underrepresented groups.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 123969

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Application requests are typically up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants typically cover one year (Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020). This year Metro will consider grants which will take up to two years to complete.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals, community groups, neighborhoods, nonprofits, schools and school groups, government agencies, faith groups, and service groups with nonprofit or other tax-exempt status may apply.

A project must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for funding:
- The project must be located in the solid waste community enhancement area boundary as specified by the solid waste community enhancement committee or the project must benefit individuals or programs located inside the solid waste community enhancement area boundary.
- The project applicant must be: A non-profit organization, including without limitation a neighborhood association or charitable organization with 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Service; or a local government, local government advisory committee, department or special district provided that they include documented support from the local government executive officer.
- The project must not be used to replace any other readily available source of federal, state, local or regional funds.
- The project must not promote or inhibit religion.
- The project must not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, or sexual orientation.
- If the project is located on private land, the project application must establish a clear public benefit and must document landowner permission.

Metro is not eligible to apply for or receive grant funds.

Projects must occur within the target area.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The 2020 Community Enhancement Grants information session will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, between 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM.

For more information, see:

Pre-Application Information:

The Metro Central community enhancement grants are on a calendar year cycle.

- July 2019: Availability of grant funds announced
- August 13, 2019, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM: Optional info session at Metro
- Sept. 13, 2019 by midnight: Applications due to Metro – via ZoomGrants™
- December 2019: Grant awards announced
- Jan. 1, 2020: Metro grant funds available
- Dec. 31, 2020: Projects completed (two-year grants completed by Dec. 31, 2021)

Grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis. This means funds are not available up front, but are reimbursed for approved project expenses. Metro pays invoices within 30 days of approval of grantee’s reimbursement request. Overhead costs are reimbursable up to ten percent (10%) of the total grant award.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register to apply:

Rob Nathan, Community Enhancement Grants Coordinator

Eric Crandall, Program Assistant

Grant Coverage Areas:

The target area stretches along the west side of the Willamette River from the Northwest Neighborhood Association to Linnton, along with North Portland’s Cathedral Park neighborhood and an area around the St. Johns Bridge.

Interactive map of target area:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon