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Metro Central enhancement grants support residents within a target area that stretches along the west side of the Willamette River from the Northwest Neighborhood Association to Linnton, along with an area around the St. Johns Bridge within North Portland’s Cathedral Park neighborhood. Grants are awarded on an annual basis by the Metro Central Enhancement Committee, made up of representatives from the surrounding neighborhoods, businesses and environmental community. In 2016, the Metro Central Enhancement Committee funded 11 local improvement projects totaling $377,406.
During the 2017 grant cycle, a total of approximately $245,000 is estimated to be available for grants from community enhancement fees collected at the Metro Central transfer station. Metro invites proposals for funding requests in the $10,000 to $50,000 range. Grants typically cover one year (Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017). This year the committee will consider grants requesting up to two years to complete.
Who may apply?
Community groups, neighborhoods, nonprofits, schools and school groups, government agencies, faith groups and service groups with nonprofit or other tax-exempt status.
What types of projects get funded?
Community enhancement grants are designed to serve people who may be negatively impacted by having a waste transfer station located within their community. Projects must occur within the target area. Use this interactive map to see if your project falls within the target area boundary.
These grants are typically competitive, meaning there are more requests for funding than can be met in a given year. Successful proposals will achieve the program purpose established by the Metro Central Enhancement Committee by strongly meeting at least one of the following community needs:
- Improve the safety, appearance or cleanliness of neighborhoods
- Improve the environmental quality of the area
- Preserve or enhance wildlife areas within the target area
- Improve or increase recreation opportunities for residents in the target area
- Provide training or services that benefit youth, elderly and/or low-income residents
- Increase recycling opportunities for residents of the area.
Organizations are encouraged to consider programs or projects that serve people of all ages and abilities and from all backgrounds. The committee seeks applications that engage underserved, low-income and/or communities of color in project implementation, program delivery and outreach activities.
Application review and selection
The Metro Central Enhancement Committee is comprised of six neighborhood representatives. Metro Councilor Sam Chase, the Metro Councilor from District 5, serves as chair. The committee reviews and awards all grant requests. See list of current committee members, below.