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EPAP Grants - General and Civic Engagement Grant

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East Portland Action Plan (EPAP)

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11/24/21 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and businesses to enhance the quality of life in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support projects that prevent homelessness, enhance equity, and foster community involvement among disadvantaged populations. Funded programs must serve the residents of East Portland.

2022 General and Civic Engagement Grants

The East Portland Action Plan (EPAP) is charged with providing leadership and guidance to public agencies on how to strategically address community-identified issues and allocate resources to improve livability for neighborhoods in East Portland. The Action Plan was designed by and for the community to:

  • Improve the quality of life for East Portland residents
  • Foster strong community connections
  • Increase the area’s regional significance
  • Enhance equity and prevent displacement 

For the Action Plan, see

There are two grant programs:

EPAP General Grant: Purpose is to improve livability and prevent displacement in East Portland by funding projects that implement strategies and items identified in the Action Plan. 

EPAP Civic Engagement Grant: Purpose is to encourage civic engagement in under-supported race and ethnic culturally specific communities with language appropriate communication that leads to further community involvement of people not usually included in decision making. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 153215

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Project requests may be for up to $10,000 in funding.

Estimated Total Program Funding:
- $55,000 for Civic Engagement Grants Program
- $55,000 for General Grants Program

Term of Contract:

Projects must occur between Mar 1, 2022, and Feb 28, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All East Portland Action Plan grant dollars must be spent within the boundaries of East Portland, and serve people living in East Portland. Applicants must answer yes to ALL of the following questions for their project to be considered for funding:
- Does the project address at least one EPAP strategy or item?
- Is the work within the borders of East Portland for and with people living in East Portland?
- Will the project serve or involve people living in East Portland?
- Does the project have community partners?
- Has the organization provided an interim or end-of-project evaluation if awarded a previous EPAP grant?
- Will the project be promoted in the community, including acknowledgement of funders?
- Is the organization or fiscal sponsor registered as a 501(c)3 nonprofit*?

*Individuals or community organizations that don’t have 501(c) 3 status or a State and City registered business sponsor with Liability Insurance may contact the EPAP Grant Manager for fiscal sponsor suggestions.

Funds may not be used for:
- Costs that may be incurred in preparing this application
- Direct social work, social services or emergency services, such as giving people things for personal use (e.g. food baskets), health clinic services, staff providing direct services to individuals, etc.
- Ongoing general organizational support (such as rent or utilities)
- Direct grants, scholarships or loans for the benefit of specific individuals
- Loans or debt retirement for the organization
- Expenses incurred before the start of the grant period
- Activities held outside the boundaries of the East Portland Coalition Office district area (see map under Supplemental Materials)
- To address language interpretation without project staff that has experience working with under supported race and ethnic culturally specific communities specified in the grant application

Pre-proposal Conference:

You are strongly encouraged to attend a Grant Support Session. The sessions will answer questions about the application, the committee review process, and any questions you might have about your project. (To request childcare, translation, interpretation or additional accommodations for a grant support session, contact JR Lilly at least three business days in advance.)

Sessions will be held as follows:
- Grant Support Session #1 Friday, November 12, 2021 2:00 PM Online
- Grant Support Session #2 Monday, November 15, 2021 6:00 PM Online
- Grant Support Session #3 Tuesday, November 16, 2021 10:00 AM Online

Individual support session: If you can’t attend a scheduled support session, you may request one-on-one support from JR Lilly.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Due Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 by 11:59 PM. Application must be received by the due date and time.
- Grant Selection Committee Reviews Scores Applications: December 2021
- Grant Committee submits Recommendations to General EPAP: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
- Grant Committee submits Recommendations to City Council: February 2022
- Project Funding Begins: Monday, March 1, 2022
- Grant Period Ends: Monday, February 28, 2023
- All Reports Due: April 1, 2023 (or 30 days after completion of project)


Contact Information:

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

The completed application must be received by either:

- Sending electronic documents to (Please phone 503-823-8027 to verify that your email was received.)
- Or, by providing eight (8) double-sided hard copies to:
East Portland Action Plan
1017 NE 117th Ave., Portland, OR 97220
*Please note this office is NOT open currently; you can leave the copies in the mail slot.

Grant Manager Contact:
JR Lilly, EPAP Advocate
(503) 823-8027
1017 NE 117th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97220

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: East Portland

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