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Grants to Oregon Nonprofit Organizations in Eligible Locations
for Projects that Benefit and Engage Local Residents

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Office of Community and Civic Life - East Portland Community Office

Deadline Date:

04/13/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $4,500 to Oregon nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for projects that benefit and engage local residents. Funding is intended to support projects that foster engagement, increase leadership capacity, further advocacy, promote teamwork, and enhance local impact on public decisions. Funded projects must serve residents of East Portland.

The East Portland Community Office small grants program supports community building and advocacy activities in East Portland.

Projects must meet at least one of the goals of the grant program: 

  • Increase the number and diversity of people who are involved and engaged in their communities.
  • Strengthen community capacity through, for example,  leadership development, skills building, fostering teamwork and/or partnerships, and community building.
  • Increase community impact on public decisions.

The grant program highly prioritizes engagement of communities historically underrepresented in and underserved by the funding source's programming. Engagement of communities historically underrepresented in and underserved by our programming – immigrant and refugee communities, low income individuals and families, young people, people with disabilities, and LGTBQIA+ communities - are high priority for our Small Grants Program. 

Activities, efforts, and materials needed for the performance of the grant program are generally allowable costs. Costs accrued solely to promote or advance the awardee business or organization may not be eligible for reimbursement.

For types of projects funded in the past, see URL for Full Text. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151428

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Requested amounts may range from $1,500 to $4,500.

Term of Contract:

Projects should begin on or after May 1, 2020 and to be completed by December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Civic Life will award grant agreements only to registered 501(c) 3 non-profit.

If your entity is not registered as such, please seek or have a fiscal sponsor that is a A) 501(c) 3 non-profit, or B) government entity, or C) business that is registered with the City of Portland D) have liability insurance

Any group with a community project that either takes place within East Portland or primarily benefits East Portlanders may apply.

Please note: If there is a good reason for the activity to take place outside of East Portland, for example, a trip to City Hall, it will be considered.

Selected organizations shall obtain and maintain throughout the duration of the grant the required insurance (see URL for Full Text for details).

First time applicants will be given special consideration.

Unallowable costs include (but are not limited to): some political activities (for example, activities to promote a specific candidate); purchase of cannabis or alcoholic beverages; purchase of real estate. Please check with the grant manager if you have questions about a specific item in your proposed budget.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are encouraged to attend one of the grant information sessions. These sessions will help answer questions about the application, the review process, and how funds can be used.

Please call seven days in advance for special needs accommodations, childcare, and/or language interpretation requests at 503-823-5905 or TTY 503-823-6868. The building is mobility device accessible.

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Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: April 13th 5:00pm

Grantees Announced: April 30

Funding requests for projects that have been funded twice before will have a lower priority than funding requests for a new element of a project or new projects.

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

Applications may be submitted in any language by email, by mail, or in person to:

Carlee Smith
East Portland Community Office
1017 NE 117th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97220

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: East Portland

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