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North Portland enhancement grants 2012-13

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Read about the grants awarded in the 2012-13 cycle to help residents of North Portland enjoy vibrant, accessible and physically distinct places to live, work and play.

Metro Council sends $15,000 to address community needs

Residents and members of community organizations in North Portland got an influx of funds in mid-July when the Metro Council approved $15,000 in grants for community projects.

The five improvement projects benefit young children with after-school educational programs and job skills training and internships for high school students; provide weatherization and safety repairs for isolated seniors and disabled residents; support a food pantry serving hundreds of families; and offer a teen-to-teen crisis intervention and support hotline.

“Services that support families and our community’s infrastructure are essential to the quality of life that attracted us to our neighborhoods in the first place,” said Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder, chair of the Metro Central grant selection committee and whose district includes Northwest and North Portland. “This investment of the public’s money will help keep our community vibrant and strong.”

The 2012–13 grant cycle marks the 25th year Metro has invested funds in the community through the North Portland enhancement program. Since then, more than $2.2 million has been awarded to help fund 465 local improvement projects.

2012–13 slate of North Portland enhancement grant awards

Chess for Success
$2,845 – after-school educational program

Community Energy Project
$2,500 – volunteer Services program support

Impact Northwest
$4,250 – Urban Opportunities program at Roosevelt High School

Oregon Partnership – Lines for Life
$4,250 – youth prevention outreach for North Portland students

St Andrew's Episcopal Pantry
$1,155 – facility enhancement, on-going operations

Highlights of past grants awarded

During the 2011–12 funding cycle, Metro invested $15,000 into seven local neighborhood improvement projects.

Download the 2011–12 project highlights

2010-11 Project Highlights Report

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