Note: The 2014 grant cycle is closed, except by invitation for full applications. Grants are scheduled to be awarded by the Metro Council in fall 2014.
Metro's Nature in Neighborhoods grants provide opportunities to restore habitat across the Portland metropolitan area. Apply for a small grant up to $25,000 or a large grant up to$100,000.
Funding is available for projects that:
- connect people to their watershed
- preserve and restore local fish and wildlife habitat
- support larger conservation initiatives
- support nature education for school-aged children
- improve the ability of all communities to experience and connect with nature
Restoration projects are as diverse as the region’s habitats and waterways. Metro grants have supported work to improve habitat at Beaver Creek, Camassia Natural Area in West Linn, the Pittock Bird Sanctuary near Forest Park – and many other places across the Portland metropolitan area. Each project contributes to clean water and air.
Who is eligible?
Individuals, community groups, businesses, neighborhoods, nonprofits, schools and school groups, government agencies, faith groups and service groups with nonprofit or other tax-exempt status may apply. Grants may only be awarded to projects and programs that benefit Metro-area residents.
When do I apply?
A basic application is due in the spring; finalists will be invited to submit full applications, with awards made in the summer. About $700,000 will be available in 2015 and $200,000 in 2016.