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Community Placemaking Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Areas for Programs that Benefit Communities of Color

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and public agencies in eligible locations for arts-based community-driven programs. Funding is intended for activities that benefit communities of color and other historically marginalized communities, promote connection to place, and strengthen social fabric. Projects must benefit the residents of the Portland metro area and must take place within the Urban Growth Boundary.

Applicants can propose to use grant money for general operating support if their mission and ongoing work are clearly aligned with the four Community Placemaking objectives. These funds can be used at the organization’s discretion to carry out its mission by covering costs such as staff time, rent, programming, overhead, etc. This grant program should not be considered an opportunity for ongoing support.

The four objectives of Community Placemaking are:

  • Placemaking: People’s connections to each other and to places they care about are strengthened.
  • Equity: People of color and members of historically marginalized communities have the power and resources to influence their neighborhoods and communities.
  • Partnerships: People’s efforts are maximized because they work in partnership with each other and with Metro.
  • Leadership: People participate in projects and decisions that affect them.

For additional information about Community Placemaking objectives, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 182974

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Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant-funded activities can take place beginning in March (for 15 months).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Anyone can apply, while meeting the following conditions:
- Community-based organizations with nonprofit status.
- Community groups or individuals without nonprofit status must partner with a fiscal sponsor, such as a state certified, federally approved 501(c) nonprofit or a public agency. That fiscal sponsor must have must have a federal employer tax ID number and capacity to contract with Metro.
- Public agencies must have community partners involved in the implementation of the project and a plan to involve the broader public.
- If you are a past recipient of a Community Placemaking grant and your project was exclusively an event (spanning a single or multiple days), you may not reapply the year following your award.

Community Placemaking grant funds may not be used for any of the following purposes:
- Activities or events held outside the Portland area Urban Growth Boundary
- Materials or costs not tied to the proposed event/project
- Costs that may be incurred in preparing the grant application
- Annual appeals or fundraising drives
- Direct grants or loans that primarily benefit specific individuals or businesses
- Any attempt to: directly influence legislation or public policy; participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office; induce or encourage violations of law or public policy or improper private benefit to occur
- Activities or events held on property whose owner discriminates against individuals or groups because of race, color creed, national origin, sex, age or disability, in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants may attend an information session to learn more about the application process and what makes for a strong proposal. The grant program manager will answer questions and think through ideas for projects.

Info sessions will take place on the following dates and times:

Thursday, Aug. 13, noon to 1 p.m.
- Zoom webinar link:
- Passcode: 849154

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 6 to 7 p.m.
- Zoom webinar link:
- Passcode: 704364

- Tuesday, Aug. 25, noon to 1 p.m.
- Zoom webinar link:
- Passcode: 870556

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 6 to 7 p.m.
- Zoom webinar link:
- Passcode: 501130

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by October 2, 2020, at noon.

Applicants can choose to answer the application questions in a video recording instead of writing responses. The link to your video must be accessible through December 31, 2020. Your application will not be judged on the quality or production value of your video. For additional information about creating a video, see:

Grant awards will be announced in early January.

Important Dates:
- Applications open: August 3, 2020
- Applications due: September 28, noon
- Awards announced: Early January 2021
- Grant-funded activities may begin: March 2021
- Projects should be complete: June 2022

Applicants are encouraged to contact Metro staff to discuss your idea. Staff does not play a role in advocating for applicants or making the funding recommendation and instead is available to help you make your application as strong as possible. One-on-one assistance and optional information sessions are available. Contact Dana Lucero (see details in Contact Information, below).

Information Session Recordings (The information presented is the same in each.)
Thursday, Aug. 13, noon to 1 p.m
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 6 to 7 p.m

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

For tech support, contact

Dana Lucero

Metro Oregon
600 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232-2736

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USA: Oregon: Portland Metropolitan Area

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