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Community Placemaking Grant

Grants to Portland Area, Oregon Nonprofits and Agencies
for Programs that Benefit Communities of Color

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02/03/20 Noon


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to Portland area, Oregon nonprofit organizations and public agencies 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. The grant program helps people tackle community challenges or opportunities through creative, arts-based, equity-focused projects. Projects must be located within the Urban Growth Boundary.

The Community Placemaking program has four objectives:

  • 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 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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Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Grant-funded activities may begin after July 1, 2020, and should be completed by early fall 2021.

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.
- (New) 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 this grant application
- General organizational support, annual appeals or fund 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 can attend an optional information session:
- Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Aloha Community Library - 17455 SW Farmington Rd. Suite 6A, Aloha
- Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Gresham Library - 385 NW Miller Ave., Gresham
- Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Metro Regional Center - 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland
- Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Metro Regional Center - 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland
- Thursday, Dec. 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Oak Lodge Library - 16201 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Oak Grove
- Friday, Dec. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. at Metro Regional Center - 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland
- Thursday, Dec. 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Midland Library - 805 SE 122nd Ave., Portland

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due February 3, 2020, by noon.

Important Dates:
- Applications open: November 22, 2019
- Applications due: February 3, 2020 noon
- Awards announced: Late April
- Funds available and grant-funded activities can begin: After July 1
- Projects must be complete: Early fall 2021

Staff is available to help applicants think through ideas and get ready to submit a strong application. Individualized assistance is available and encouraged. Details appear in Contact Information, below.

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

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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