Want to restore and care for nature in your community? If you have a vision for improving water quality, creating fish and wildlife habitat, getting rid of weeds or restoring nature in the Portland metropolitan area, a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods restoration grant can help get your idea off the ground. Apply by Jan. 29 to be considered for the next round of funding.
Grant recipients have planted native species at Ross Island, improved water quality and amphibian habitat in Willow Creek,and restored habitat at the Sandy River Delta for fish, migrating birds and turtles all while engaging local residents in being stewards of their community natural areas.
Metro grants expand partnerships to inspire new approaches to restoration, including economic and environmental equity. In the Jade District, APANO, Columbia Land Trust and the Audubon Society of Portland worked together with private landowners to increase community stewardship and improve habitat. In Hillsboro, Depave transformed the M&M Marketplace’s parking lot from gray to green by engaging community members in pavement removal, rain garden creation and native plant installation. Momentum Alliance and Northwest Youth Corps co-created a diverse conservation leadership program for youth interns with year-round programming and coaching.
Metro’s Nature in Neighborhood restoration and community stewardship grants supports programs like these.