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Grants to Oregon Nonprofits, Agencies, and K-12 Schools for Community Improvement Projects

Metro Central Enhancement Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: Oregon: Forest Park, Linnton, Northwest District Association and the Northwest Industrial area, as well as a portion of Cathedral Park and the St. Johns Bridge.

Important Dates
Conference Date: 10/17/23
Deadline: 12/11/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Oregon nonprofit organizations, government entities, and K-12 schools for neighborhood and community improvement projects in eligible regions. Priority is given to projects related to workforce development, assisting BIPOC and other underserved populations, and environmental restoration activities. The grant target area generally encompasses the neighborhoods of Forest Park, Linnton, Northwest District Association and the Northwest Industrial area, as well as a portion of Cathedral Park and the St. Johns Bridge.

The goal of this regional program is to provide funds to nonprofits, schools and local governments who are implementing programs, services and community improvements in each grant boundary area. Community enhancement grants are designed to serve people who may be negatively impacted by having a waste transfer station located within their community.

All proposed grant projects shall meet one or more of the following goals:

  • Provide programs, training or services that benefit youth, seniors, low income persons, people of color, veterans or other marginalized and underserved populations
  • Increase reuse, recycling and waste prevention opportunities
  • Improve the environmental quality of the area
  • Preserve or enhance wildlife and natural areas within the target area
  • Improve or increase recreation opportunities for residents in the target area
  • Rehabilitate and upgrade property owned or operated by nonprofits
  • Improve the safety, appearance or cleanliness of neighborhoods.

This year the committee is interested in prioritizing projects that address program goals around environmental restoration, reducing toxicity of materials, benefit to BIPOC and other underserved communities, and projects that seek to achieve workforce development outcomes.

Eligible grant expenses include:

  • Staff time: Costs directly attributable to designing, implementing or evaluating the project. May include benefits such as health insurance, retirement funds, etc.
  • Professional consultant or contractor services hired for the purpose of the project
  • Materials and supplies
  • Indirect or overhead costs up to 10 percent of the total grant award. Eligible indirect or overhead costs include expenses incurred by the organization that are identifiable and benefit the project. Eligible costs may include accounting and financial resources, management, planning or support resources, space and equipment. 
  • Other


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Groups with nonprofit or other tax-exempt status, including but not limited to community groups, neighborhoods, schools and school groups, government agencies, faith groups, and service groups may apply. Applicants may use a fiscal sponsor if needed.

The project applicant is A) a non-profit organization; if a non-profit is applying to rehabilitate or upgrade property that it owns it must have 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Service; B) a local government or a local government advisory committee C) K-12 school D) a charitable organization.

Additional Geographic Information:

For a map of the target area, see:

• 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

Pre-Proposal Conference
There will be an optional information session on Oct. 17, 2023 from 1-2 p.m.

For more information and to join:

Pre-Application Information
Register, login and submit your application by 5:00pm on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023.

- October 6, 2023 Grant applications open – Applications submitted via ZoomGrants
- October 17, 2023 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Optional info session via Zoom.
- December 11, 202 5 p.m. Applications due
- March 2024 Grant awards announced; contracts developed
- April 2024 Metro grant funds available
- July 2024 Mandatory progress report and fiscal year-end reimbursement due
- April 1, 2025 Projects completed (unless timeline extension approved)

The Metro Central community enhancement grants are on a calendar year cycle. Grant awards are made in January, and applications for the next year are accepted from July to September.

Grant funds are primarily distributed on a reimbursement basis.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract
Grants will cover one year (April 1 through March 31, 2025).

Contact Information
For the online application portal, see:

For more information, contact Noelle Dobson at 503-797-1745 or or Alejandra Cortes,

600 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232-2736


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