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Neighborhood Matching Grants - Large Projects

Grants to Oregon Neighborhood Groups in Eligible
Regions for Projects that Benefit the Local Community

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05/04/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Oregon neighborhood groups, associations, and councils in eligible regions for collaborative programs and projects that benefit the local community. Applicants must contact program staff and complete a pre-review prior to submitting a final application. Funding is intended for activities and programs that benefit the residents of Eugene.

The goal of the grant program is to encourage Eugene residents to collaboratively identify and actively participate in making improvements in their neighborhood and community. Community involvement and building relationships are key components of the program and are encouraged by requiring that the project budget include a match amount equal to, or greater than, the grant request; coordination with and support of your neighborhood association; and documentation of neighborhood support. Demonstrating responsible stewardship of the community assets while balancing the community’s social and environmental values are additional components of any project proposal submitted.

Projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical improvement projects that involve recreation or public safety facilities, natural resource features, public art and spaces, or community gardens. Projects that improve universal accessibility are also encouraged.
  • Public school partnership projects that benefit school children and the immediate neighborhood.
  • Neighborhood-based events and celebrations.
  • Capacity building initiatives that serve to create, diversify, or increase participation in a neighborhood-based organization or promote an understanding of issues important to neighborhood residents.
  • Outreach, research, education or organizing projects that address planning or climate and equity related topics such as transportation (carbon reduction or pedestrian or cyclist safety), land use (neighborhood or area planning), creating a safe and welcoming community, or public safety (disaster planning, neighborhood mapping, neighborhood safety). 
  • Innovative community projects or programs that provide climate change education, measurable carbon emission reductions, measurable carbon sequestration benefits, increasing climate change resilience, or climate change related equity initiatives.
  • Additionally, in 2021 the World will be in Eugene for the IAAF Track and Field Championships. The City of Eugene is committed to building a legacy that enhances the community both for the Championships and beyond. To support this goal the funding source is looking for projects that will enhance the neighborhood with lasting impact and benefit Eugene residents and visitors alike.

Projects may involve private property but must provide a clear public benefit and emphasize neighborhood self-help. Documentation must be provided that confirms property owner support and approval of the proposal and their agreement to maintain the area and provide public access to the site for a minimum of 5 years.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185672

Estimated Size of Grant:

For large grant funding requests must be between $5,000 and not exceed $12,000. The value of the total project including labor and installation cannot exceed $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant funding may only be used in the fiscal year the funding is granted (July 1 – June 30). Projects must be scheduled for completion by June 1, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals will only be accepted from groups of people living, working, or owning property within the city of Eugene. A group may be an existing group whose membership is from a commonly recognized geographic area (e.g., neighborhood association, business association, or school site council) or an ad hoc group formed to work together on a specific project.

Although individual persons, businesses or community-based organizations (public, private, or non-profit) are not eligible to apply on their own, they may do so in active partnership with a neighborhood group or the neighborhood association.

Grant funds cannot be used to:
-Support ongoing, regularly occurring programs, events or services;
-Pay for an organization’s operating expenses that are not directly related to the awarded project;
-Purchase land or buildings;
-Pay for expenditures or financial commitments made before the organization is under contract with the City of Eugene;
-Cover costs associated with damage to private or rental vehicles, equipment or injuries (see Insurance in the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, page 6-7);
-Funding for items (including food) or services not listed in the project description as submitted and provided in the final contract.
-Support political activities or purchase alcohol.

No more than half of the grant funds available in a cycle will be used to fund neighborhood-based events or celebrations.

Pre-Application Information:

Projects are required to go through pre-review by Friday, March 11, 2020, 5:00 PM.

All applicants must discuss their proposals with the manager of the Neighborhood Matching Grant Program before submitting an application.

The final application deadline is Monday, May 4, 2020, 5:00 PM.

Requested grant funds must be matched by an equivalent amount of cash donations, donated materials and supplies, professional services, or volunteer labor. Bonus points may be earned for match amounts that exceed the grant requested funds. For additional information about match requirements, see:

Grants must be endorsed by your neighborhood association. For parameters to clarify the involvement of neighborhood associations in the neighborhood matching grant application process, please see Guidelines:

A portion of the project site must be within Eugene’s Urban Growth Boundary.

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to:

Or submit to:
Cindy Koehler
Human Rights & Neighborhood Involvement
99 W. 10, STE 117
Eugene OR 97401

Cindy Koehler, Program Manager
Neighborhood Matching Grant Program

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