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Enterprising Places - District Transformation Grants

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits, Businesses,
Agencies, Groups, and Individuals for Renovations

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Deadline Date:

10/31/16 Receipt


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations, local municipalities and agencies, neighborhood associations, individuals, businesses, chambers of commerce, arts and community groups for improvements to eligible districts. Funding is intended to facilitate revitalization, as well as local identity and economy.

Eligible areas include:

- Beaverton
- Cornelius
- Forest Grove
- Gladstone
- Hillsboro
- Milwaukie
- Oregon City
- Tigard
- Gresham: Downtown, Rockwood
- Portland: 42nd Avenue, Brooklyn, Foster, Glisan, Kenton, Lombard, MLK Jr. Blvd., Montavilla, Parkrose, Roseway, St. Johns, Woodstock

All applications must clearly satisfy one or more of the Storefront Improvement grant investment criteria:

- Contributes to critical mass of revitalization within the district due to proximity to significant node of activity, major district destinations, key historic buildings, and renovated and well-maintained properties.
- Potential to significantly enhance district appearance, ambience, and character
- Provides a significant destination or venue that will be an attractor for the district
- Potential to enhance an important gateway to the district
- Improves availability or viability of ground floor retail services and amenities
- Improves or facilitates placemaking, revitalization, and local identity
- Attracts investment, create jobs and strengthen local tax bases
- Enhances opportunity or provides community benefit to disadvantaged individuals or populations
- Removes or addresses a significant existing blight within the district
- Potential to significantly restore historic structures
- Leverages contributions from other public and nonprofit entities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172613

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum matching grant awarded for any one project will be $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within 12 months of the date of grant award, or according to the performance timeline stipulated in the grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Across the region, 22 commercial districts are eligible to apply for district transformation grants. Individuals, businesses, district or neighborhood associations, chambers of commerce, arts organizations, local cities, government agencies and community groups with nonprofit or other tax-exempt status may apply for grants to support projects in eligible districts.

View eligible district maps online:

Business owners and property owners of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds whose property falls within designated eligible areas may apply for grants. Franchises headquartered outside the Metro region are not eligible for grants. Some locally-owned franchises may be granted special permission to apply.

Government offices and public agencies are not eligible to receive grants. Adult businesses are not eligible to apply for grants.

Business owner applicants: To submit an application, a business must be located on the ground floor, and must be an active retail or restaurant use. Businesses who lease their space must have at least two years remaining on their lease or the option to renew. The applicant must have written or contractual authority from the property owner to implement building improvements. Businesses operating out of residences are not eligible, unless the residence has storefront immediately adjacent to the sidewalk. Property owner applicants: To submit an application, a property owner must have active retail or restaurant tenants on the ground floor, or vacant space that will be leased to an active retail or restaurant tenant.

Eligible types of Improvements:

All types of storefront renovations that directly affect the facades of buildings facing streets, sidewalks, and public areas. This includes windows, entryways, signage and lighting, awnings, canopies, cornices, gutters, downspouts, painting, finishing and detailing of fa├žade surfaces. Design costs, permits and fees associated with the implementation of these improvements are also eligible project expenses. Structural upgrades, accessibility improvements and upgrades to heating, ventilation and air conditioning may be eligible expenses if storefront improvements necessitate modifications to existing conditions. Limited permanent interior improvements such as floorings, ceilings, interior lighting, and accessibility may be eligible if part of a larger project involving significant exterior upgrades.

Ineligible types of Improvements:

Improvements to buildings less than five years old. Roofing and foundation work. Billboards and electronic signs. Security systems and bars. Window coverings and window tinting. Non-permanent fixtures, unless they are part of a larger project involving storefront and branding upgrades. Improvements to sidewalks, parking lots and back alleys.

Pre-Application Information:

This grant requires a dollar for dollar match.

Please do not complete the full application form until after you have submitted a pre-application and have had the opportunity to meet with Metro staff. Once the pre-application interview and site visit have been completed, follow the instructions below to complete your full application. To be considered by the steering committee, applications must be received ten business days prior to a scheduled committee meeting.

Full applications must be submitted in paper form, and must have original signatures.

A confirmation email will be sent once the application is received. If you do not receive a confirmation, please email or call the contact.

Contact Information:

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

Complete a pre-application and submit to the contact below. Additionally, schedule a pre-application meeting before completing a full application.

Schedule a meeting with Lisa Miles

Email completed pre-application form in PDF format to:

To submit in paper form, mail to:

Enterprising Places
600 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232

Final applications must be mailed or delivered to the above address.

Grant Coverage Areas:

- Beaverton
- Cornelius
- Forest Grove
- Gladstone
- Hillsboro
- Milwaukie
- Oregon City
- Tigard
- Gresham: Downtown, Rockwood
- Portland: 42nd Avenue, Brooklyn, Foster, Glisan, Kenton, Lombard, MLK Jr. Blvd., Montavilla, Parkrose, Roseway, St. Johns, Woodstock

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USA: Oregon