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Community Livability Grant (CLG) Program

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

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Prosper Portland

Deadline Date:

01/10/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants typically ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Portland, Oregon nonprofit organizations, neighborhood and business associations, and neighborhood groups for projects that improve or expand physical spaces in eligible neighborhoods. The submission of a preliminary application is required. Funding is intended to promote the prosperity of local residents and businesses, and to foster healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.

Funds are available through the Community Livability Grant Program for permanent, real property improvements. Projects that are eligible for the program must be located within the Central Eastside, Gateway Regional Center, Interstate Corridor, and Lents Town Center Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Districts or Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood. 

Priority will be given to projects that benefit historically underserved populations (e.g., communities of color or people with low income) and that promote widely shared prosperity. Such projects would, for example:

  • Improve access to jobs and workforce development services.
  • Support wealth creation opportunities for small business owners.
  • Honor and enhance the neighborhood’s cultural diversity and history.
  • Deliver a community asset tailored to the community’s expressed priorities and opportunities.

For the Central Eastside TIF District, priority will be given to projects that improve access to jobs and workforce development services, support wealth creation opportunities for small business owners, and honor and enhance the neighborhood’s cultural diversity and history. 

For the other 4 areas, priority will be given to projects that further the goals of the respective action plan for each area as listed below:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 136606

Estimated Size of Grant:

Projects typically range from $10,000 to $50,000. The total maximum grant award is $300,000. Organizations previously awarded a total of $300,000 (singular or combination) have reached the maximum total grant.

In fiscal year 2019-2020, the following funds will be available:

- Central Eastside TIF District $100,000
- Gateway Regional Center TIF District $200,000
- Interstate Corridor TIF District $300,000
- Lents Town Center TIF District $200,000
- Old Town/Chinatown Neighborhood $300,000

Term of Contract:

Prosper Portland expects most projects to be completed within a year of award (February 2021), yet recognizes that more complex projects may take longer.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The proposal must meet the following eligibility requirements:

- 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.

- The applicant must have site control - ownership or lease.

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

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Due Date: Friday, January 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
- Application Evaluation: January 2020
- Awards Announcement: February 2020

To apply, interested applicants should fill out a short Preliminary Interest form (see Contact Information below). They will receive an email with instructions about how to apply.

Prosper Portland will offer one-on-one assistance for applicants who want help with applications. To request an appointment (either in-person or phone meeting) please fill out the Application Assistance form.

Applicants must commit to continuously provide community benefits from the funded project for a minimum of three years after project completion.

Leverage is not a requirement for first-time applicants but is strongly encouraged. Projects that previously received CLG funding exceeding $75,000 must contribute a minimum of 50% cash leverage. Projects that previously received CLG funding exceeding $100,000 must contribute a minimum of 75% cash leverage.

Grant awards will be disbursed on an expense reimbursement basis.

Contact Information:

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

To fill out the online Preliminary Interest form: https://form.jotform.com/82524745457969

To request Application Assistance: https://form.jotform.com/92487331219965

Contact:

Sue Lewis, Grants Manager
lewiss@prosperportland.us
503-823-3331

Prosper Portland
222 NW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
503-823-3200

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