Grants › Community enhancement grants
Find opportunities to receive grants for projects that benefit North and Northwest Portland, Oregon City and Forest Grove.
Since 1985, when the grant program was established, Metro has invested more than $5 million in projects that benefit areas directly affected by Metro's garbage disposal facilities. Grants are to be used to create changes in the community that also may improve a neighborhood’s image.
To be considered, projects will do one or more of the following:
There are four enhancement grant target areas, each with a committee composed of local residents who help promote, solicit, select and evaluate projects:
The Metro Central Enhancement Committee is chaired by Metro Councilor Sam Chase, District 5.
The North Portland Enhancement Committee is chaired by Metro Councilor Sam Chase, District 5.
A local citizens' advisory committee comprised of the entire Oregon City Commission, four citizens of Oregon City appointed at large by the Mayor, and the Metro Councilor representing District 2, recommends programs and projects for rehabilitation and enhancement associated with Metro South Station, the garbage transfer station at 2001 SW Washington. For more information related to the boundary and criteria for grant proposals, call 503-657-0891.
The Forest Grove Enhancement Committee is a seven-member committee comprised of the Forest Grove City Council. Metro Councilor Kathryn Harrington, District 4, serves as an adviser to the committee. The committee funds approximately $50,000 each year for enhancement and rehabilitation programs and projects. The committee convenes each year on the first and third Mondays in April to review, interview and select grant recipients. Awarded grants are adopted in May by resolution in a public hearing at a regularly scheduled Forest Grove City Council meeting. Grant dollars are available for disbursement after July 1. The enhancement boundary encompasses the entire city of Forest Grove. For more information, call Paul Downey, Forest Grove Finance Director, at 503-992-3220.
Proposals are accepted only from nonprofit organizations including, but not limited to, neighborhood associations or charitable organizations with 501(c)3 status under the Internal Revenue Code.