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Neighborhood Small Grants

Grants to Portland, Oregon Nonprofits and Groups for the
Support of Community Leadership, Public Decisions, and Diversity

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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SE Uplift

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Deadline Date:

01/08/18 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $300 to $4,000 to Portland, Oregon neighborhood project teams, community groups, and nonprofit organizations in the Southeast area focusing on community engagement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to either attend an in-person workshop or register for an online webinar prior to applying. The Foundation is interested in community engagement programs specifically focusing on diversity, leadership, and public decisions.

Neighborhood Small Grants support projects that empower and involve community members to shape and create their neighborhoods. The goals of the Neighborhood Small Grant Program are to increase the number and diversity of people who are involved and engaged in the broader community; strengthen community capacity to create change by building community leadership, identity, skills, relationships, and partnerships; and increase community impact on public decisions and community life.

Portland’s Neighborhood Small Grants program offers the opportunity to engage citizens and neighborhoods across the City. By offering seed-money, training, and technical support, the program enables residents to identify community needs, develop collaborative projects, and see their ideas through to completion. The Neighborhood Small Grant program builds the skills and capacity of project leaders to shape the place where they live. Increased capacity creates confidence, and from confidence grows ongoing engagement of new community leaders.

Preference will be given to applications:
- Submitted by, or in direct partnership with, organizations predominately led by and/or involving people from historically underrepresented or underserved communities including communities of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income people, renters, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people.
- That have strong community support and involvement as demonstrated by volunteer hours and donated or discounted services over applications that are primarily coordinated and executed by paid personnel.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182414

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant proposals can range from $300 to $4,000. The average Neighborhood Small Grants award is $2,400.

Term of Contract:

Proposed projects must begin after March 12, 2018 and be able to be completed by January 29, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applications will be accepted from nonprofit organizations, community groups, and collaborative project teams.
- Individuals are not eligible to apply.
- The applicant must be a nonprofit tax exempt organization, have fiscal sponsorship from a nonprofit tax exempt organization or government entity, or apply for fiscal sponsorship through SE Uplift.

Projects must take place in and benefit the residents in the SE Uplift Coalition area:

Proposed projects may not have received funding from SE Uplift two or more times in the past. However, previously successful grant recipients may apply for a different project, or a distinctly different phase of the project from which they received funding twice previously.

Funds Cannot Be Used For:
- Costs that may be incurred in preparing this application or evaluating the project
- Direct social services such as food baskets or health clinic services
- Ongoing general organizational support such as rent, utilities, or staff
- Direct grants, scholarships or loans for the benefit of specific individuals
- Fundraising activities or community events that cost money to attend
- Capital projects, unless built by volunteers-
- Items intended for sale

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the grant information sessions, which will include workshops and an overview of project criteria and eligibility requirements, tips for writing successful grant applications, and opportunities for attendees to ask questions and get feedback on project ideas.

There will be two in person workshops on November 8th and November 18th. See contact info. below for registration links.

If you are unable to attend a workshop, the Funding Source will also be hosting two online webinars for interested community members on November 16th and December 5th. See contact info. below for registration links.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 4 PM on Monday, January 8, 2018. Applications can be submitted by email, mail, or dropped off at the SE Uplift Office. Email submission is preferred.

Contact SE Uplift’s Director of Programs and Strategy to discuss your proposal, schedule a meeting, or submit a draft application for review (see contact info).

Application: (See Supporting Documents Below)

Applicants will be notified of decisions by March 12, 2018.


Contact Information:

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

To register for the in person workshops please click here:

To register for the November webinar please click here: http://ohttps//
For the December webinar please click here: http://ohttps//

Submit applications by email, mail, or drop-off to:

Kelly Fedderson
Director of Programs and Strategy
SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition

Mail: SE Uplift
Attn: Kelly Fedderson
3534 SE Main St
Portland, OR 97214

Drop off: SE UPLIFT
3534 SE Main St
Portland, OR 97214
Mon-Thurs 10 AM-5 PM

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Southeast Upland Coalition Area (see link in Additional Eligibility Information above)