Community enhancement grants improve economic opportunities, neighborhood livability, public safety and more in areas near the region's garbage transfer facilities. Since 1986, Metro has invested more than $5 million in communities across the Portland metropolitan area. Six communities participate in the program, including Forest Grove, Oregon City, Wilsonville, Sherwood, Troutdale, North Portland and Northwest Portland. In 2015, Metro Council expanded the program.
To be considered, projects must do at least one of the following:
- increase employment and economic opportunities
- rehabilitate and upgrade residential housing
- preserve wildlife, marine and recreational areas for public enjoyment
- improve public safety
- enhance neighborhood appearance or cleanliness
- improve viability of commercial areas and enhance the business environment
- provide programs and training opportunities to benefit youth and elderly
- improve neighborhood livability.
Who is eligible
Nonprofit organizations, schools or local governments can apply for the grants. In recent years, successful applicants have included neighborhood, environmental, health and education organizations.
Successful grant projects include:
- developing environmental education projects for at-risk youth
- removing ivy and restoring habitat in Forest Park
- installing fire escapes at senior centers
- producing summer concert programs in local parks
- planting trees around community parks and main street boulevards in industrial areas.
Target areas and grant cycles
In each of six enhancement grant target areas, a committee of local residents promote, solicit, evaluate and select projects.
Funded by a surcharge on waste at the Metro Central Transfer Station, located off of Highway 30 in Northwest Portland, Metro Central Enhancement Grants benefit the neighborhoods of Forest Park, Cathedral Park and Linnton; the Northwest District Association, the Northwest Industrial Area and an area directly adjacent to the St. Johns Bridge.
Apply in fall 2016 for 2017 grants. To be added to the mailing list, contact Kim Waxler at 503-797-1651 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Metro South Enhancement Grants (Oregon City)
Communities near the Metro South Station in Oregon City benefit from annual community enhancement grants. Awards are made by a local citizens' advisory committee, which includes the Oregon City Commission, four citizens appointed by the mayor and Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette, District 2. Applications are due each spring. For details, visit the city’s grants webpage or call Michele Beneville with Oregon City's Community Grant Programs at 503-496-1542.
Now accepting applications through May 27, 2016 at 5:00 PM.
Forest Grove Enhancement Grants
The Forest Grove Community Enhancement Committee awards about $100,000 each spring to projects that serve city residents. Metro Councilor Kathryn Harrington, District 4, acts as co-chair of the committee. For more information, review the city’s grants packet or call Paul Downey, Forest Grove administrative services director, at 503-992-3200.
Sherwood Enhancement Grants
The Sherwood Community Enhancement Committee awards about $70,000 each spring to projects that serve city residents. Metro Councilor Craig Dirksen, District 3, acts as an adviser. For more information, review the city’s grants webpage or call Tammy Steffens, Sherwood volunteer coordinator, at 503-625-4213.
Wilsonville Enhancement Grants
The Wilsonville Community Enhancement Committee awards about $70,000 each winter to projects that serve city residents. Metro Councilor Craig Dirksen, District 3, acts as an adviser. For more information, review the city’s grants webpage or call Mark Ottenad, Wilsonville public affairs director, at 503-570-1505.
Troutdale Enhancement Grants
The Troutdale Community Enhancement Program is currently being established. Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick, District 1, acts as an adviser. For more information, review the city's grants webpage or contact Erich Mueller, Troutdale finance director at 503-674-7231.