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Community Livability Grant (CLG) Program

Grants to Portland, Oregon Nonprofits and Local Groups
for Property Improvements in Eligible Neighborhoods

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Prosper Portland

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11/16/18 5:00 PM


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Grants typically ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Portland, Oregon nonprofits, neighborhood and business associations, and neighborhood groups for projects that improve physical spaces in eligible neighborhoods. The submission of a preliminary application is required. Projects must promote the prosperity of local residents and businesses.

The Community Livability Grant (CLG) program provides grants to community-based organizations for projects that promote healthy, complete, and resilient neighborhoods that respond to and respect the diversity of its residents.

Projects must be located within:
- Gateway Regional Center Urban Renewal Area (URA)
- Lents Town Center URA
- Interstate Corridor URA
- Central Eastside URA or
- Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood

Funds are available through the Community Livability Grant Program for permanent, real property improvements. Projects must add, expand, or improve physical space.

Priority will be given to projects that benefit communities of color or people with low incomes, and that promote widely shared prosperity. Such projects would, for example:
- 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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 136606

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical grants range from $10,000 to $50,000; the maximum grant is $300,000.
In fiscal year 2018-2019, the following funds will be available:
- Central Eastside URA: $100,000
- Gateway Regional Center URA: $200,000
- Interstate Corridor URA: $500,000
- Lents Town Center URA: $250,000
- Old Town/Chinatown Neighborhood: $300,000

Term of Contract:

Prosper Portland expects most projects to be completed within a year of award (February 2020), yet recognizes that more complex projects may take longer.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The proposal must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for funding through the Grant Program:

- Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, neighborhood and business associations, and neighborhood groups. Groups formed solely for performing a project in a neighborhood should have a 501(c)3 or 501(c)6 nonprofit organization to serve as their fiscal agent.

- Projects must be located within the boundaries of one of the following: Gateway Regional Center (GTW), Interstate Corridor (ICURA), Lents Town Center (LTC) or Central Eastside (CES) urban renewal areas, or the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood (OT/CT neighborhood, which bridges the Downtown Waterfront and River District URAs).

- The proposed project must involve real property improvements to a community facility, open space, or a structure or feature of historic or cultural significance.

- Housing, transportation, and traffic safety projects are not eligible for funding through the CLG Program.

- Funding for the Grant Program is through tax increment financing (TIF) and, therefore, is tied to permanent, physical improvements (including tenant improvements) of real property within the URAs. Funds cannot be used for temporary installations, ongoing administration, maintenance costs, equipment, or working capital.

- Eligible community open space includes community gardens, small community parks, plazas, trails or wildlife habitat. Property owners, including public entities, must be made aware of, and approve, proposed improvements.

A school may be considered as an eligible applicant if the following conditions are met:
- The proposed project does not support a core educational function (e.g. building or improving pre-K-12 classrooms);
- The project provides a broad community benefit and is accessible to the public;
- The project has the approval of the school district or other owner.
- At time of commitment of funds, school applicants will be expected to provide a three-year maintenance plan and public access plan and documentation demonstrating school district project approval.

A private property owner or for-profit entity may be considered an eligible applicant if:
- The applicant leases or provides space for no fee or at a substantially reduced rate to meet the needs of a nonprofit organization or community group.
- The applicant provides or proposes to provide a significant community benefit that adds to the livability for area residents. (At time of commitment of funds, applicant must produce documentation that such benefits are ongoing for a minimum of three years.)
- Such applicants are strongly encouraged to apply in partnership with a non-profit organization

The applicant must have site control–ownership or lease. Property that is not owned by the applicant must have a current commercial lease agreement with the property owner with a minimum remaining term of three (3) years and be permitted under the lease to carry out the proposed improvements. If a lease agreement is not applicable, a letter from the owner acknowledging support for the project is required.

Pre-Application Information:

Prosper Portland is dedicated to and promotes diversity in contracting on the projects and programs that it supports or funds. Grant applicants are expected to make a good faith effort to contract with State of Oregon certified Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Small Business (M/W/DSB) firms for a minimum of 20% of the budgeted project costs. Applicants who have not made this effort upon grant approval must agree to work with Prosper Portland and partners to find certified M/W/DSB firms to fulfill said efforts.

Potential applicants should fill out a short preliminary application linked in Contact Information below. They will receive an email with instructions about how to apply.

Grant awards will be disbursed on an expense reimbursement basis. The grantee is responsible for paying vendor and subcontractor invoices in full and submitting a copy of the invoice(s) to Prosper Portland, along with proof of payment,to receive reimbursement from Prosper Portland. Cash contributions from other sources will be required to be spent before the grant is disbursed; if the final project cost is less than estimated in the application and/or the project scope is reduced, then any required cash contribution and the grant will be reduced proportionately.

Important Dates
- Tuesday, September 11, 2018: Application open for grant proposals
- By appointment: Application Assistance
Prosper Portland will offer one-on-one assistance in September and October for applicants who want help with applications. To request this, fill out the form on the URL for Full Text link below.
- Friday, November 16, 2018 at 5 p.m.: Proposal due date
- January 2019: Announcement of approved proposals

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Alison Wicks, Community Livability Grant Program Manager

Prosper Portland
222 NW Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97209

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: City of Portland