Earlier this month, the East Portland Neighborhood Office awarded 11 neighborhood grants containing a total of $30,000 to community organizations for special projects. The awards were selected from 28 applications seeking a total of $58,611.
The money comes from the City General Fund through the Office of Neighborhood Involvement for disbursement by EPNO and the city’s six other neighborhood offices and coalitions. According to the criteria, the grants are intended to “increase the capacity” of community groups, encourage partnerships among them, and promote participation by “under-represented communities.”
This year’s grants:
• Green Lents Community Tool Library: $3,300 for Do It Yourself workshops
• Chess for Success: $1,568 for an after-school program in the Parkrose School District
• Outgrowing Hunger: $2,320 for community garden outreach and education in Rosewood
• Wisdom of the Elders: $2,952 for the Native American Wisdom Community Garden
• Glenfair Neighborhood Association: $2,830 for National Night Out activities
• Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association: $3,500 for National Night Out activities
• Gateway Park: $1,500 for a Movie in the Park
• Parklane Park: $1,930 for a Neighborhood Fair
• Parkrose High School Alumnae Association: $3,500 for a 100 years of Parkrose Music project
• Rosewood Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative: $3,100 for a Rosewood Bike Fair
• Midway-Division Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative: $3,500 for a Midway Day in May and Fun Run event
This is probably the last year for this program. Faced with a large budget shortfall, Mayor Charlie Hales has ordered all city bureaus to prepare budgets that include 10 percent spending cuts over current levels, and the Small Grants Program is on the table. Other potential cuts are to neighborhood associations’ communications funding, the Neighborhood Crime Prevention Program, and the Graffiti Abatement Program.