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Capital grants review committee

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The Nature in Neighborhoods capital grants review committee evaluates capital grant applications and makes award recommendations to the Metro Council.

Grant committee update

The Grant review committee is currently reviewing letters of interest for the 2013-14 funding cycle. Letters of interest for the 2014-15 funding cycle can be submitted at any time.

Grant review committee members

  • Chair: Mike Zilis, Walker Macy
  • Galina Burley, Clackamas County Human Services
  • Shirley Craddick, Metro Council
  • Julie DeLeone, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Maileen Hamto, Oregon Health Sciences University, Office of Equity
  • Kathryn Harrington, Metro Council
  • Gayle Killam, River Network
  • Norman Penner, Friends of the Tualatin River Refuge
  • Dave Stewart, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Brian Vaughn, Metro


Committee members shall participate as reviewers of applications that are received by Metro for their Nature in Neighborhoods capital grants program. The committee reviews and evaluates applications and performs site visits using criteria and guidance provided by Metro staff. The committee chair will present funding recommendations to the Metro Council based upon this reviews. The Metro Council makes all funding awards.


Committee members shall participate fully in application review and meetings. Key responsibilities are:

  • the thoughtful review, scoring and ranking of written applications
  • timely reporting for requested items (including, but not limited to, rankings, comments, agenda questions)
  • attendance and participation at committee meetings
  • recommending to the Metro Council those projects that best met the vision, goals, objectives and criteria of the Natural Areas Program for funding
  • making recommendations to Metro staff and Council on ways to strengthen the program.

All members will agree to fully disclose any conflict of interest and will recuse themselves from those discussions in which they have a conflict. Committee members shall not receive financial or any other type of benefit from their involvement on the grants review committee.

Metro staff will prepare and provide to the grants review committee a review packet that includes:

  • a copy of the completed applications and associated documents
  • staff comments, if any, regarding the application
  • ranking and evaluation materials
  • meeting agenda and notes
  • site visit schedule

The Nature in Neighborhoods capital grants program is funded by Metro's natural areas bond measure, approved by voters in 2006.Learn more

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