Do you have an idea that could help make your community greener, cleaner, safer or healthier? Metro offers grants to help you make it happen.
On December 13, 2012 the Metro Council announced $79,000 in grants to benefit residents of Northwest Portland. Learn More
The Metro Central grant program began in early 1991 with the opening of Metro Central Transfer Station, 6161 NW 61st Ave., Portland. Funds are used to compensate the community affected by the facility. The money is generated from a 50-cent surcharge collected on each ton of garbage taken to Metro Central.
Projects submitted for funding must directly benefit the Metro Central enhancement grant target area. The boundary generally encompasses the neighborhoods of Forest Park, Cathedral Park, Linnton, Northwest District Association and the Northwest Industrial areas. The program area also includes the St. Johns Bridge.
The funding cycle for the Metro Central enhancement grant program runs from January through December. Typically, an announcement about the availability of funds is made in September. Pre- applications are due in early October. Successful pre-applicants will be invited to submit a final grant application due November. Awards are announced in December. Funds for selected projects are available in January. To be added to the mailing list for future notification, contact Karen Blauer at Metro community grants coordinator by phone at 503-797-1506 or send an email to email@example.com
Project proposals are accepted from nonprofit organizations including, but not limited to, neighborhood associations or charitable organizations with 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code. Priority is given to projects or programs that best meet the funding guidelines and benefit the area most directly impacted by Metro Central Station.
Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder, District 5, chairs the seven-member committee comprised of local neighborhood representatives that reviews and selects projects to fund. The purpose of the Metro Central Enhancement Committee is to:
The Metro Central program has invested nearly $3.2 million in 330 local improvement projects since 1991. Grants have been used to help residents of the target area enjoy vibrant, accessible and physically distinct places to live, work and play.