|April 1 – May 26|
Applications open, application assistance available
|April 19 – May 9||Limited application assistance available|
|May 26 at noon||Applications due|
|late July/early August||Award announcement|
Applications are now closed
We look forward to reviewing your application. Grant awards will be announced in late July/early August.
Up to $100,000 is available this round, in grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. No matching funds are required, but projects that leverage contributions from other entities, including in-kind or volunteer resources, may be prioritized.
Anyone can apply, while meeting the following conditions:
- Community-based organizations must have support from the property owner (jurisdictional or private owner).
- Public agencies must have a plan to involve, and documented support from, community groups.
- Public, private, community groups and individuals may co-partner with clear roles and responsibilities for each.
- Applicants must have a federal employer tax ID number. Unincorporated organizations may use a fiscal sponsor (a state certified, federally approved 501(c) non-profit) or partner with a municipal entity.
- Placemaking: Promote community interaction by supporting community-driven projects and activities that create places where people want to socialize. Strengthen social fabric. Prompt people to think or feel differently about a place, and foster a personal connection to that place. Support and strengthen existing cultural and community assets.
- Equity: Reduce racial disparities and improve equitable outcomes for historically marginalized individuals or communities, and advance Metro's racial equity strategy. Promote equitable access to and participation in placemaking activities. Foster community stability. Recognize and leverage cultural assets. Support innovative approaches that benefit diverse communities.
- Partnerships: Promote cross-sector collaboration (public, private, community). Create new partnerships that benefit historically marginalized communities. Leverage local resources and other investments to strengthen existing neighborhoods and communities. Support coalitions seeking to partner with Metro or expand Metro's planning efforts. Advance implementation of the region’s 2040 Growth Concept.
- Leadership: Build individual and organizational capacity for civic engagement. Support peoples' participation in projects that affect them. Advance community plans and visions. Demonstrate best practices for community development through placemaking.
Not every criterion must be met, but priority will be given to projects that clearly satisfy multiple criteria in each category.
- Prompts social interaction and connection to place
- Provides an innovative event, activity or destination for the community
- Uses art as a tool for engagement and change
- Strengthens existing cultural and local assets
- Clearly addresses a community development challenge or opportunity and involves the community members most impacted
- Provides community benefit to historically marginalized* individuals or communities
- Supports efforts to break down barriers to participation in placemaking activities for historically marginalized individuals or communities
- Is led or supported by historically marginalized individuals or communities, or by groups that serve historically marginalized individuals or communities
- Engages the public in the planning for and/or participating in the project's implementation
- Involves cross-sector partnerships
- Leverages contributions from other entities
- Enhances regional efforts where Metro is actively engaged or is located in 2040 Growth Concept areas (central city, town centers, main streets, regional centers and station communities)
- Builds capacity for organizations and individuals to participate in civic processes
- Is consistent with community plans
- Has a vision for enhancing the social and/or economic livability of the community
*Historically marginalized - This program supports cultural and healthy community experiences, values and traditions already innate and important to these populations to be given an opportunity to be celebrated and made visible." Historically marginalized" to groups who have been denied access and/or suffered past institutional discrimination in the United States and, according to the Census and other federal measuring tools, includes African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans.
In June 2016, Metro elevated racial equity as a core goal for the agency. Metro focuses on racial equity with the goal of improving life and economic outcomes for all groups, and ensuring that race is no longer the most significant factor in predicting life outcomes. Due to a history of exclusionary and discriminatory policies, communities of color experience the most widespread barriers to improving social well-being. These barriers prevent communities from thriving and cause our communities of color to experience the worst economic and social outcomes of any demographic group. Metro is committed to using its policies, programs, services and destinations to create conditions that allow everyone to flourish. Government must serve all communities effectively, especially those most vulnerable.
The most significant barriers for people of color are typically shared with other marginalized groups. These groups may include but are not limited to other ethnicities, adult learners, veterans, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, different religious groups and different economic backgrounds.
Minimum grant requirements
- Projects must be located within the Urban Growth Boundary.
- Projects must be completed within 12 months of grant award date.
- Projects must be clearly achievable given proposed resources and personnel.
- Projects in public spaces must demonstrate support from the local jurisdiction.
- Projects must have a designated fiscal sponsor or a project partner who will serve as the fiscal sponsor. (If the fiscal agent is not a non-profit or municipal entity, grant funds may be considered a gift and may be taxable. Metro reports all grant distributions to the IRS.)
- While matching funds are not required, applications that include some type of resources leveraged from other sources, such as matching funding, in-kind donations or volunteer time, may be prioritized.
Restrictions on use of funds
Community Placemaking grant funds may not be used for any of the following purposes:
- Activities or events held outside the Portland area Urban Growth Boundary
- Materials or costs not tied to the proposed event/project
- Costs that may be incurred in preparing this grant application
- General organizational support, annual appeals or fund drives
- Direct grants or loans that primarily benefit specific individuals or businesses
- Any attempt to: directly influence legislation or public policy; participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office; induce or encourage violations of law or public policy or improper private benefit to occur
- Activities or events held on property whose owner discriminates against individuals or groups because of race, color creed, national origin, sex, age or disability, in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, as amended; 42 U.S.C. Section 2000d; Section 303 of the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; 42 U.S.C. Section 6102; Section 202 of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990; 42 U.S.C. Section 12132