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Grants to Portland, Oregon Nonprofits, Schools, Community Groups and
Business Associations for Community Development Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) and the Office of Civic and Community Life

Deadline Date:

01/15/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $2,000 to Portland, Oregon nonprofits, schools, community groups, business and neighborhood associations, faith-based and other organizations for projects benefitting the residents and community in Inner North and North East Portland. Funding is intended to support programs that will positively impact the largest number of citizens, and have the greatest public benefit.

The purpose of this program is to help improve the quality of life for inner N/NE residents and also
meet one or more of the following goals:

- Increase the number and diversity of people who are involved and engaged in their communities and neighborhoods;
- Strengthen neighborhood and community capacity to build community leadership, identity, skills, relationships and partnerships; and
- Increase community and neighborhood impact on public decisions and community life.
- Addresses barriers and/or access to social determinants of good health such as: nutrition, environmental and educational equity and access to healthcare.
- Demonstrate benefits and/or relevance to a broad group of participants.

Funding rounds take place annually and are awarded based on a project's potential to:
-Involve and benefit a diverse group of people
-Build leadership skills, relationships, and partnerships, especially with and among underrepresented groups
-Increase community capacity to influence public decisions and shape the future of Inner North/Northeast Portland
-Create unique projects with the potential to make an impact in communities large and small

Eligible costs include but are not limited to:
- Materials and supplies
- Food and beverages
- Staffing
- Contracted professional services

Below is a summary of some of the types of projects funded in the past. Please use these only for reference, as the Foundation encourages and welcomes innovative projects that fit outside of these categories.

- Community Conversations: ​Forums large and small convening community members, elders, youth, church leaders, advocacy groups, art goers and others to listen, discuss and act upon issues of aging, race, health, sexuality and urban development.
- Youth Empowerment Projects: ​Intergenerational cooking classes, after-school programs, gardening projects, graffiti removal and mentorship programs.
- Community Input on the Built Environment: ​Neighborhood walking tours, conversations between communities and governmental planning agencies.
- Environmental Education: ​Projects that raised awareness of bees and other pollinators, plastic pollution, reuse strategies.
- Community-building Activities: ​Street tree plantings, fruit tree harvest parties, National Night Out parties, music and food festivals, cultural events.
- Projects that build relationships ​between neighborhoods and local organizations such as schools, PTA’s, churches, non-profits and businesses.
- Providing language translation and interpretation, childcare​, or other efforts to make activities more accessible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164703

Number of Grants:

A total of 7 awards will be distributed.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants given are up to $2,000 per applicant.

Term of Contract:

Grants are for projects that will take place between March 7th, 2019 and December 29, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The program or project must take place within the 12 neighborhoods that comprise the service area: Woodlawn, Boise, Eliot, Sabin, Concordia, Sullivan’s Gulch, Lloyd, Humboldt, King, Vernon, Irvington, Alameda. The intent of the grant is to fund projects that would primarily benefit residents of inner North/Northeast Portland.

Community groups, neighborhood and business associations, non-profits, schools, faith organizations are all encouraged to apply. Individual residents may apply, but restrictions apply.

An individual interested in pursuing a project grant, may contact NECN for assistance with finding partner organizations and/or fiscal sponsorship.

Project proposals must meet the following requirements:
- An applicant must have 501 (c) 3 nonprofit status from the IRS or ​have fiscal sponsorship from a 503 (c) 3 nonprofit organization to apply.
- Grant awards are not available for projects that have already received NECN funding for two consecutive years. (See FAQ)

Funds cannot be spent on:
- Costs that may be incurred in preparing this application.
- Loans or debt retirement.
- Direct grants or loans for the benefit of specific individuals.
- Annual appeals or general operating costs.
- Alcohol, tobacco or cannabis
- Emergency funding.

Grants cannot be used for ongoing general organizational support such as rent or utilities.

Administration cannot exceed 10% of the project related request.

NECN will only fund one grant proposal, per grant cycle, from the same applicant.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Applications are due by 5:00 pm January 15, 2019

The application process can be completed by:
- Applying online
- Downloading the application from the website and submitted via email to Mischa Webley, Grants Coordinator
- Submitting a paper application by downloading it from the website, filling it out and sending via USPS or
deliver in person to the NECN Grants Program

Grants Timeline
October 11, 2018:​ Application available at
January 15, 2019:​ Final Deadline for submitting applications
March 7, 2019:​ Awards Announced
March 14, 2019:​ Awards Ceremony – grants disbursed

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

Applications may also be submitted by mail or hand-delivery to:

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Attn: Mischa Webley, Grants Coordinator
4815 NE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211

Or by email to Mischa Webley, Grants Coordinator

Contact the grants coordinator for any questions about the program or to discuss an idea for a project:
Mischa Webley

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon