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Neighborhood Enhancement Program Grant

Grants to Lake Oswego, Oregon Neighborhood and
Community Organizations to Benefit the Public

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City of Lake Oswego

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05/01/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Lake Oswego, Oregon neighborhood associations, homeowners associations, and community groups for programs and projects that will benefit the public. Applicants must consult with program staff prior to applying. Possible projects include small capital improvements, community building activities, emergency preparedness initiatives, neighborhood signage, and invasive plant removal.

Qualifying projects must:
1. Provide a public benefit to the Lake Oswego community. Projects providing neighborhood benefit and applied for by City-recognized neighborhood associations will receive funding priority over homeowners associations and other groups.
2. Have neighborhood/community support.
3. For physical improvements, be located on public land.
4. Be designed for no or low maintenance (and will be maintained by volunteers).
5. Not fund ongoing or annual expenses of the organization (funds may be used to initiate an ongoing program or fill a temporary funding gap, but should not be used to support ongoing or annual expenses).
6. For emergency preparedness projects, provide shared resources to the neighborhood or community, rather than fund individual preparedness items.

Qualifying projects in neighborhoods that have not previously received a grant may receive priority over neighborhoods that have received past NEP awards.

Potential Projects:

Applicants must demonstrate that their project meets the grant criteria, with the goal of providing a benefit to the community. Within these parameters, the City welcomes creative project ideas that will implement neighborhood and community goals, build community pride, leverage volunteer efforts, and create partnerships.

Groups that are interested in applying for a grant are required to review their project with the grant program coordinator prior to application submittal, and are strongly encouraged to contact the coordinator early in the process to discuss initial ideas.

Following is a list of project ideas that have been implemented in past years and/or support the community benefit criteria. Applicants are not limited to these projects, but are encouraged to review the list for inspiration.

-Small Capital Projects, such as playground improvements, park kiosks, outdoor benches, or streetlights. Public Art, such as purchase/installation of a sculpture for a prominent location in a neighborhood, as part of the City’s permanent art collection.
-Wooden Neighborhood Signs, up to two per neighborhood, to strengthen neighborhood identity.
-Emergency Preparedness, such as creating a neighborhood directory, or training neighborhood block representatives in emergency response. Emergency preparedness projects should generally be designed for neighborhood or community-wide benefit rather than providing preparedness supplies to individual households. Some individual items may be considered if paired with training or as an event tie-in.
-Neighborhood Sustainability such as holding a recycling event for electronics, furniture, appliances, oversized plastic, etc.; or creating a community tool library.
-Community Building projects such as events to build relationships, get more people involved in the neighborhood, help build partnerships between neighborhood organizations, or help underserved populations.
-**UPDATED** Invasive Plant Removal and New Plantings, such as removing ivy from trees in the public right-of-way, on park land, or common HOA dedicated open space, planting native plants, or planting new street trees (see staff for additional materials if proposing street trees) may be eligible. The City has a natural resource specialist who can advise as to whether the project is eligible for the habitat enhancement program, a separate program for work associated with designated natural resource areas, or if a NEP grant might be more appropriate. Please contact Planning for more information.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143868

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will generally be limited to $10,000 per neighborhood, however, larger project amounts will be considered. Neighborhood associations/community organizations may partner with one another to combine grant funds and apply for a larger project (two groups: $20,000).

For neighborhood parties, picnics and other social events, funding is generally limited to $300.

Term of Contract:

The project implementation period is August 2018 - June 2019.

Projects must be completed and expenses incurred through June 30, 2019, the end of the grant cycle.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible grant recipients include:
-City-recognized neighborhood associations (NA)
-Homeowners associations (HOAs)
-Community groups that are based in and serve the Lake Oswego community

Community Groups and HOAs located within a City-recognized neighborhood association must have sponsorship from the neighborhood association where the project is located. Groups requesting neighborhood association sponsorship should contact the association with a 30-day request for consideration, and NA board approval must be submitted with the application. Project implementation should also be coordinated with the NA as an opportunity to build community partnerships.

Neighborhood association maps and contact lists can be found online at:

Pre-Application Information:

Projects that leverage matching funds or in-kind contributions may be prioritized.

Applicants must check in with the grant program coordinator/planner to discuss the project and any ideas. A discussion with City staff is a pre-requisite to submitting an application. Staff can advise on the project’s scope, provide resources, help to ensure the application meets the criteria of the grant program and is complete, as well as identify additional review and coordination that may be needed by other City departments.

Applicants must obtain support for their idea from a City-recognized neighborhood association board. Present the idea and determine if there is support from the neighborhood association, before moving forward. This support must be documented in your application submittal.

Applicants must obtain bids. For goods purchased (e.g., bench) or service work (e.g., landscaping) that is more than $5,000 from a single vendor/contractor, the applicant should get three bids or provide justification for obtaining less than three bids. For professional services (e.g., graphic design), and other work amounting to $5,000 or less, the applicant is not required to obtain three bids, but is encouraged to get competitive bids.

Applications are due May 1, 2018, so plan your neighborhood association meeting(s) to allow enough time for the required neighborhood association approval and City staff review.

-March 9, 2018: Grant cycle opens for the 2018-19 Neighborhood Enhancement Program
-May 1, 2018: Applications due by 5:00 pm
-July 2018: City Council awards grants
-August 2018 – June 2019: Project implementation
-June 30, 2019: Grant completion deadline (all expenses must be incurred by June 30, 2019)
-July 12, 2019: Deadline for submitting all invoices for payment and/or requests for reimbursement to the City
-August 30, 2019: Project Report deadline

Contact Information:

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

Iris McCaleb, Administrative Assistant

Planning Department:

Completed applications may be mailed to:
Neighborhood Enhancement Program Planning Department
City of Lake Oswego
PO Box 369
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Or dropped off at City Hall:
Planning Department
City of Lake Oswego
380 A Avenue, Third Floor
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

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USA: Oregon: Lake Oswego