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Nature in Neighborhoods capital grants

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Metro is seeking applications for projects that re-green and re-nature neighborhoods.

Apply for a grant

Think you might have a successful project? Here’s how to get started.

  1. Download the capital grants handbook and read it carefully, including application information. Download now
  2. Submit a letter of interest, along with supporting documents including a cover sheet and budget forms. Letters are accepted anytime; eligible applicants will be invited to submit a full application in January 2015.
  3. Projects already invited to submit a full application this year have a deadline of 4 p.m. Jan. 24, 2014.

Questions? Contact Mary Rose Navarro at or 503-797-1781.

Across the Portland metropolitan area, communities are finding innovative ways to help nature thrive.

Salmon habitat is being restored along Johnson Creek. An eco-friendly light rail station is taking shape in Oak Grove, and a degraded alley is being reinvented as a green parkway in Cornelius. Trees are springing up in the unlikeliest of places, such as Interstate 205.

These projects have one important thing in common: support from Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods capital grants.

In May 2013, the Metro Council awarded the sixth round of funding, reaching the halfway mark for the $15 million available from the voter-approved 2006 natural areas bond measure. 

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Successful projects get the community involved, foster diverse partnerships and innovate. They lead to bigger social and economic benefits, from jobs and economic development to livable neighborhoods and clean air.

While the grants fund only capital investments, a wide variety of projects can fit the bill.   

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Find out about neighborhood livability projects
Learn how restoration is changing the landscape
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Is your project next?

Neighborhoods and community groups, nonprofit organizations, schools, cities, counties and public park providers are invited to apply. 
Download the application handbook

Project eligibility

Projects must either purchase land or make improvements to public property that result in a capital asset with a life of at least 20 years and a total value of at least $50,000. See the handbook for more information.

Match criteria

The applicant must match grant funds with outside funding or in-kind services equivalent to twice the grant request.

Begin the application process with a letter of interest

A letter of interest is an essential first step in the application process. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Metro staff as early as possible to discuss their project ideas and get feedback on the project's readiness. 

Completing the application process

Letters of interest are being accepted now.Metro staff will evaluate letters of interest and invite full applications if key criteria, eligibility requirements and the overall intent of the program are met. Full applications will be accepted only from applicants who have been invited to apply after submitting a letter of interest. Contact Metro staff about the schedule for full application review.

How will applications be evaluated?

Metro staff will screen full applications, conduct site visits and present the proposals to the grant review committee. The committee will make award recommendations to the Metro Council for those applications that meet the current deadline. The Metro Council makes all final grant awards. Learn more about the review committee

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