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USA: Oregon: Portland: Gateway Regional Center, Lents Town Center, Interstate Corridor, Central Eastside, and Old Town

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Community Livability Grant (CLG) Program

Prosper Portland

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #136606

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations, business and neighborhood associations for projects that improve or expand physical spaces in eligible neighborhoods. Funding is intended to promote the prosperity of local residents and businesses and to foster healthy and vibrant neighborhoods. Eligible organizations are located in Portland.

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. For information on each of these locations, see URL for Full Text (RFP). 

Projects must involve real property improvements to a community facility, open space, traffic calming, or a structure or feature of historic or cultural significance. 

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.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
• 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.
• Private property owner or for-profit entity (as long as the applicant does the following):
- leases or provides space for no fee or at a substantially reduced rate to meet the needs of a nonprofit organization or community group (it is strongly encouraged to apply in partnership with the non-profit organization); and
- provides or proposes to provide a significant community benefit that adds to the livability for area residents. If awarded, applicant must produce documentation that grant funds will be used only for improvements to space occupied by a nonprofit or directly related to providing a community benefit, and benefits will be ongoing for a minimum of three years.
• School as long as:
- The project provides a broad community benefit, is accessible to the public, and has been approved by the school district or other owner with a three-year maintenance and public access plan.
- The proposed project does not support a core educational function (e.g., building or improving pre-K-12 classrooms).

Prosper Portland seeks proposals from community-based organizations. Non-profits must be registered with the state as a DNP (Domestic Non-Profit), complete a W-9 and be in compliance with 501c3 status at the time funds are encumbered in a grant agreement.

Housing and transportation projects are not eligible for funding through the CLG program.

CLG funds may not be used for lease or rent or any other operating expenses. These TIF resources are restricted under state law (ORS 457.170) from generally being spent on anything other than land, property acquisition and real property rehabilitation related to urban redevelopment.

Work performed prior to a fully executed grant agreement is not eligible.

All projects will be required to have a minimum of 20% of the budgeted project costs allocated to contracts with Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (MWDBE) firms, either state certified or self identified. Prosper Portland and partners will work with organizations to connect them with resources to fulfill this commitment.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Applications will open: Monday, March 14, 2022
- Proposals are due: Friday, April 29, 2022 at 5:00 pm
- Approved Proposals will be announced in June 2022

Funds are disbursed either as a reimbursement to the recipient (with proof of payment) or directly to the contractor.

Additional Funding Information:

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 2022-23, the following funds will be available:
- Central Eastside TIF District $125,000
- Gateway Regional Center TIF District $200,000
- Interstate Corridor TIF District $270,000
- Lents Town Center TIF District $200,000
- Old Town/Chinatown Neighborhood $300,000

Contact Information:

Apply Online:

Nixie Stark

Prosper Portland
220 NW Second Ave, Suite 200
Portland, OR 97209
P: 503-823-3200
F: 503-823-3368

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