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Metro Central Enhancement Grant

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

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09/18/20 Midnight


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Oregon nonprofits, schools, government agencies, and faith groups for projects that benefit residents in the funding source's target area. Funding is intended to support programs and activities within the focus areas of neighborhood improvements, wildlife habitat enhancements, and recreational opportunities. Grants are to be used to benefit people who have been negatively impacted by having a waste transfer station located within their community.

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

Successful proposals will achieve the program purpose established by the Metro Central Enhancement Committee by strongly meeting at least one of the following community needs:

  • Improve the safety, appearance or cleanliness of neighborhoods
  • Improve the environmental quality of the area
  • Preserve or enhance wildlife areas within the target area
  • Improve or increase recreation opportunities for residents in the target area
  • Provide training or services that benefit youth, elderly and/or low-income residents
  • Increase recycling opportunities for residents of the area.

Organizations are encouraged to consider programs or projects that serve people of all ages and abilities and from all backgrounds.  The committee seeks applications that engage underserved, low-income and/or communities of color in project implementation, program delivery, and outreach activities.

For additional information about the program, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 123969

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Application requests are typically up to $50,000. The average award amount in the previous cycle was $22,500.

Term of Contract:

Grants typically cover one year (Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2021). 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.

Projects must directly benefit the Metro Central target area or residents within it. Note: Applicants are not required to be physically located in the target area but programs must benefit the residents within it.

The project applicant must be a nonprofit 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.

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.

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

Metro is holding an optional applicant informational webinar on August. 5, 2020, 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada).

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Pre-Application Information:

Metro is accepting applications for the 2021 grant cycle from June 15 to Sept. 18, 2020, by midnight.

- June 15, 2020: Grant applications open
- July 2020: Availability of grant funds announced
- August 5, 2020: Optional info session via Zoom webinar
- Sept. 18, 2020: by midnight Applications due to Metro – via ZoomGrants™
- December 2020: Grant awards announced
- Jan.-Feb. 2021: Metro grant funds available
- Dec. 31, 2021: Projects completed (two-year grants completed by Dec. 31, 2022)

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.

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.

Interactive map of target area:

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