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Nature in Neighborhoods Community Grant - 2018 Nature Education and Outdoor Experiences Grant

Grants to Greater Portland, Oregon Nonprofits and Neighborhoods
for Habitat Restoration and Nature Education for Communities of Color

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

05/02/18 4:00 PM


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Grants to greater Portland, Oregon nonprofits, individuals, and neighborhoods, for projects that connect communities and their residents through nature education, habitat restoration, and other projects. Applicants must submit a pre-application by March 6, 2018. The Foundation funds programs that provide educational opportunities, work training, organizational development, and outdoor experiences to underserved communities. The Foundation's goal is to to build cultural, environmental, and economic equity.

The nature education and outdoor experiences grants are intended to support community-driven initiatives and programs. Partnerships are key to a competitive proposal. Grants can serve people of all ages and abilities from all backgrounds, however, the criteria are weighted to support projects and programs benefiting, designed by, and led by communities of color. Past grants have funded programs serving school aged children to the elderly, job training and life skills for youth, and outreach and engagement programs for residents from around the region. Successful applicants will address at least one of the grant program goals.

Nature in Neighborhood grants support partnerships. Successful applications typically feature multiple partners actively engaged in leveraging their skills and financial or in kind services in order to make the program a success. Partnerships can maximize inclusiveness and lead to creative approaches that address multiple social, economic, and ecological needs of the community. Therefore, this grant requires at least three partners (including applicant). Applicants may partner in multiple grant applications.

All applications must meet the grant program’s overall purpose and one or more of the three grant program’s goals.

Purpose: Nature education grants support and create partnerships in local communities that improve water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and connect people with nature.


- Cultural Equity: People of all cultures play, connect, and celebrate their histories, languages and traditions in the region’s parks and natural areas.
- Build relationships and partnerships for outdoor education and nature based programming by and for people of color.
- Increase the number of visitors, staff, and programs at parks and natural areas representing diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural groups.
- Increase capacity within organizations that serve people of color to lead programs (such as nature education and cultural programming) in parks and natural areas.
- Support cultural programming in parks and natural areas, such as cultural gatherings, storytelling, songs, performances, or educational opportunities.
- Support region wide nature education diversity initiatives.

- Environmental Equity: Communities of color in the Portland region have direct access to safe parks, protected natural areas, and the benefits of healthy land, air and water; communities enjoy learning about, helping restore, experiencing, and connecting with nature and the region’s natural areas.
- Support outdoor nature programs that include family and community engagement and culturally specific organizations that serve people of color.
- Increase hands on and place based nature education and programs for school aged children in local natural areas, with a special emphasis on communities of color.
- Integrate outdoor nature education with formal, school based learning and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Improve teacher education to take students outdoors. (Reference materials available at Oregon Environmental Literacy Plan and Portland STEM.)
- Support community engagement and nature education programs that include hands on restoration activities to improve fish and wildlife habitat in local communities, such as planting native plants, harvesting seeds or caring for trails, or through participation in studies, research, or monitoring.
- Connect people to and teach them about their watershed and watershed health.
- Increase information, advertising, and other promotion so residents can more easily learn where parks and natural areas are located, how to access them or what to do.

- Economic Equity: Nonprofit and community based organizations, and individuals of color thrive in the region’s outdoor, environmental, and natural resources economies; the business of parks and nature is a source of community prosperity.
- Support mentorship, youth corps, and job skill development or otherwise prepare participants for continuing careers and/or higher education in natural resources, nature education or other nature related science, technology, engineering, or math fields.
- Support worksite tours, career related learning, youth or adult apprenticeships and paid work and on the job training.
- Support equal opportunity for everyone to access and participate in economic opportunities in parks and natural areas.

Programs must take place within Metro’s jurisdictional boundary, the Metro urban growth boundary, or directly serve Metro area residents. Programs may be conducted on Metro property by other eligible organizations or individuals by obtaining a Metro special use permit. Programs on private land must be able to show a clear public and environmental benefit. All programs must have written landowner permission at the time of full application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182973

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards have a maximum of $30,000 for up to two year grants and $100,000 for up to three year grants.

Term of Contract:

After being awarded the grant, projects must be completed within 24 months for grants less than $30,000 or 36 months for grants more than $30,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Community groups, nonprofits, neighborhoods, individuals, faith groups, and service groups with nonprofit or other tax-exempt status may apply. Grants may only be awarded to projects and programs that benefit Metro-area residents.

Applicant must have 501(c)3 status or use a fiscal agent.

Metro is not eligible to apply for or receive grant funds.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant application process workshops:
- Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m.
- Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m.

Grant Workshop Dates and Information:

Pre-Application Information:

The nature education grants are offered every two years. The pre-application will be available starting in January 2018 and due by 4 p.m. March 6, 2018.

- January 2018: Availability of grant funds announced
- February 2018: Nature education grant workshop and one on one meeting opportunities
- March 6, 2018, 4 p.m.: Nature education pre-applications due to Metro
- April 2018: Successful pre-applications invited to submit full applications
- April 2018: Nature education full application grant workshop
- May 2, 2018: Final applications due to Metro
- May 2018: Grant awards announced
- June 2018: Contracting basics meeting for grantees
- June 2018: Metro Council grant awards
- July 2018: Grant funds available

The application process is a two-stage process including a pre-application phase and a full application phase. Potential applicants must submit a pre-application that describes how the program meets the purpose of the grant program and is achievable.

Full applications will only be accepted from applicants who have been invited to apply. Feedback from the grant review committee about how well the pre-application meets the program purpose and goals may be provided. Upon request, information about other funding sources or suggestions for strengthening an application for a subsequent funding cycle may be provided.

An email will be sent within 24 hours by Metro staff via ZoomGrants confirming the preapplication has been received.

Programs require a 1:1 match. The match should come from other funds and/or in-kind contribution(s) of materials, services or volunteer assistance. First year funding match must be secured at time of final application. Funding from other grants managed through Metro cannot be applied towards match. Overhead costs (e.g. rent, utilities) are reimbursable up to 10 percent of the total grant award and as match up to 10 percent of the total program cost.

If an applicant would like to meet with the grant coordinator to discuss an idea, meeting times are available from Feb. 20 through March 1, 2018.

Application Information and Guidelines:

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

To request a meeting with the Grant Coordinator to discuss an idea, email:

Crista Gardner, Grants Coordinator

Heather Nelson Kent, Community Investments Program Manager

Metro Regional Center, Room 370A
600 NE Grand Ave, Portland

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Greater Portland