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Community and Neighborhood Matching Grants - Small Projects

Grants to Oregon Neighborhoods, Businesses and School
Associations for Community Improvements in Eugene

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City of Eugene

Deadline Date:

05/01/19 or until all funding is consumed.


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Grants ranging from $250 to $5,000 to Eugene, Oregon neighborhood associations, business associations or school site councils for neighborhood improvements. Funding is intended to encourage residents to work collaboratively to actively participate in community benefit projects.

Projects may include, but are not limited to:

- Those that build a safer and more welcoming community for marginalized or vulnerable community members.
- Physical improvement projects that involve recreation or public safety facilities, natural resource features, public art, and spaces, or community gardens, and projects that improve universal accessibility.
- Public school partnership projects that benefit school children and the immediate neighborhood.
- Neighborhood-based events and celebrations.
- Capacity building initiatives that serve to create, diversify, or increase participation in a neighborhood-based organization or promote an understanding of issues important to neighborhood residents.
- Outreach, research, education or organizing projects that address planning-related topics such as transportation (pedestrian or cyclist safety), land use (neighborhood or area planning) or public safety (disaster planning, neighborhood mapping, neighborhood safety).
- Additionally, in 2021 the World will be in Eugene for the IAAF Track and Field Championships. The City of Eugene is committed to building a legacy that enhances our community both for the Championships and beyond. To support this goal, the Foundation is looking for projects that will enhance the neighborhood with lasting impact and benefit Eugene residents and visitors alike. Please share how your project will enhance the events in 2021 and beyond.

A portion of the project site must be within Eugene’s Urban Growth Boundary.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138513

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant funding requests must be between $250 and not exceed $5,000. The value of the total project including
labor and installation cannot exceed $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be scheduled for completion by June 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals will only be accepted from groups of people living, working, or owning property within the neighborhood boundary in which the project is located.

A neighborhood group may be an existing group whose membership is from a commonly recognized geographic area (e.g., neighborhood association, business association, or school site council) or an ad hoc group formed to work together on a specific project.

Although individual persons, businesses or community-based organizations (public, private, or non-profit) are not eligible to apply on their own, they may do so in active partnership with a neighborhood group or the neighborhood association.

Previous award recipients and current projects receiving matching grant funding are not eligible for additional program funding until outstanding projects are complete. All outstanding projects must be completed before a new contract for a new grant-funded project is signed.

Grant funds cannot be used to:
- support ongoing, regularly occurring programs, events or services;
- pay for an organization’s operating expenses that are not directly related to the awarded project;
- purchase land or buildings;
- pay for expenditures or financial commitments made before the organization is under contract with the City of Eugene;
- cover costs associated with damage to private or rental vehicles, equipment or injuries (see Insurance page 6-7);
- funding items (including food) or services not listed in the project description as submitted and provided in the final contract.
- support political activities or purchase alcohol.

Pre-Application Information:

For the small grant cycle opening Monday, July 2, 2018. Funding available until May 1, 2019 or until all funding allocated to the Community & Neighborhood Matching Grant program is consumed.

All applicants must discuss their proposals with the manager of the Community & Neighborhood Matching Grant Program before submitting an application.

All projects are required to be discussed with staff before submitting an application. Applicants will be notified if the project is approved for funding.

- Grant applications will not be considered unless they have the endorsement of their neighborhood association. It is up to individual neighborhood associations to decide if the endorsement happens by a Board action or is considered at a general membership meeting. (Contact staff for support or guidance if needed.)

Projects may involve private property but must provide a clear public benefit and emphasize neighborhood self-help. Documentation must be provided that confirms property owner support and approval of the proposal and their agreement to maintain public access to the site for a minimum of 5 years.

Requested grant funds must be matched by an equivalent amount of cash donations, donated materials and supplies, professional services, or volunteer labor. Documentation of the match is required. Documentation of the matching funds or services is one way of indicating broad support for the project.

The following are match requirements:

- The total match must include an amount of cash, in-kind donations, or volunteer time that is equal to or greater than the grant amount requested.
- No more than half of the match may come from contributions outside the immediate neighborhood or other government agencies.
- The match may not include resources from other City funds.

Contact Information:

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

Application materials are available online ( or at the Planning and Permit and Information Center Reception or in Human Rights & Neighborhood Involvement (both located in the Atrium Building at 99 West 10th Avenue).

Applications must be submitted to:
Cindy Koehler
Human Rights & Neighborhood Involvement
99 W. 10, Eugene OR 97401

Or electronically to

If you need more information or have questions please contact:
Cindy Koehler, Matching Grants Manager

City of Eugene
Human Rights & Neighborhood Involvement
99 West 10th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97401

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Eugene