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Metro Central Enhancement Grant

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09/17/21 Midnight


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and government agencies for activities to improve neighborhoods in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support programs and projects that enhance the appearance and environmental quality of communities, preserve wildlife, expand recreational opportunities, and improve safety. Grants are to be used to benefit people who have been negatively impacted by having a waste transfer station located within their community.

Metro Central grants were created more than 20 years ago with the intention of enhancing neighborhoods impacted by the Metro Central transfer facility. For nearly three decades, Metro’s community enhancement grants have helped improve neighborhoods where the region’s solid waste transfer stations are located.  They are designed to support residents within a defined target area that 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.

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.

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/or 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.

Reimbursement requests include but are not limited to:

  • Capital improvement projects
  • Subcontractor services
  • Events and other services
  • Programmatic and staffing costs
  • Product procurement

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. Metro will also consider grants which will take up to 18 or 24 months 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.

To be eligible for funding, the project applicant must be:
a. A non-profit organization, including without limitation a neighborhood association or charitable organization with 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Service; or
b. A local government, local government advisory committee, department or special district provided that they include documented support from the local government executive officer.

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

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. (In other words, applicants are not required to be physically located in the target area but programs must benefit the residents within it.)

In addition:
- 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Metro is holding an optional applicant informational webinar on Aug. 5, 2021, at 1:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada).

Register here:

Pre-Application Information:

Metro is accepting applications for the 2022 grant cycle from June 11 to Sept. 17, 2021.

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 June to September. A grant application information session is held in August to help applicants better understand the grant program and application requirements.

Metro ONLY accepts applications via the online system ZoomGrants.

All projects must have written landowner permission at the time of application.

Programs may be conducted on Metro property by other eligible organizations or individuals by obtaining a Metro special use permit.

Grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis only.

Funds may not be pre-committed or spent prior to a completed and signed contractual grant agreement.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:


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.

For a Target Area Boundary Map, see:

For an interactive map of the target area, see:

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