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Grants

Metro is proud to provide funds for local projects that help create livable communities. Find information about Metro grant opportunities for topics of particular interest to you.

In our region, there is no shortage of innovative and compelling ideas to help make this a great place to live, work and play. Metro is proud to inspire real change by awarding grants to support hundreds of improvement projects – large and small – around the region.

Where does Metro get the money?

In some cases, Metro collects a surcharge on regional solid waste services and redistributes it through competitive application processes. Community groups use Metro grant awards to enhance neighborhoods and restore nature in the urban area.

Metro is also a pass-through grantmaker, managing the flow of all federal transportation planning funds into our region and allocating funds for priority projects. Metro also distributes millions of dollars from the region's natural areas bond measure to innovative projects that enhance nature in urban areas.

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Nature in Neighborhoods restoration and education grants

Learn about grants for habitat restoration, conservation education and other projects that connect people to nature close to home.More

Community enhancement grants

Opportunities to receive grants for projects that benefit North and Northwest Portland, Oregon City and Forest Grove.More

Nature in Neighborhoods capital grants

Metro is now accepting grant applications for capital projects that re-green and re-nature neighborhoods.More

Community planning and development grants

This grant program provides cities and counties with the planning resources necessary to prepare land for development and achieve the shared goals of the 2040 Growth Concept.More

Regional Travel Options grants

Grant funds are available to nonprofit organizations and government agencies for projects that reduce drive alone auto trips and improve air quality.More

Regional flexible funding for local transportation priorities

Every two years, Metro selects transportation projects and programs to receive approximately $60 million in federal funding. Metro is now seeking public comment on how to allocate 2010-2013 flexible funds in the region.More

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Welcoming wildlife

Metro grants support Backyard Habitat Certification Program

Read about two local gardens that are certified backyard habitats, and learn how you can get the support you need and earn Backyard Habitat Certification. Learn more

From vision to action

Sauvie Island Center field trip

Field trips to a working farm yield results

The Sauvie Island Center used grant funds to develop lessons that hundreds of North Portland schoolchildren learned in the fields at Sauvie Island Center about food, farming and the land. Fresh as leafy greens, crisp as carrots, and tasty as a turnip or radish, the lessons come to life in a take-home recipe book. Read about other grant recipients

Boots on the ground

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Kids dig deep, plant roots in Lents restoration project

Ed Kearns of the Lents Springwater Corridor habitat restoration project used grant funds to plant 6,000 native trees and shrubs along a quarter-mile stretch of the Springwater Corridor with the help of hundreds of local youth and adult volunteers. To date, 300 cubic yards of concrete, gravel and asphalt have been removed and recycled from the former lumber mill site in outer Southeast Portland. Read about other grant recipients

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