2020 grants cycle
The application cycle is closed. Applicants whom the committee recommends for funding to the Metro Council will be notified in May 2020.
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Metro's Nature in Neighborhoods community grants provide opportunities to connect people with nature across greater Portland. The nature education grants are offered every two years.
Purpose of grants
Nature education and outdoor experiences grants support and create partnerships in local communities that improve water quality, restore fish and wildlife habitat and connect people with nature. These grants prioritize programs that advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion, make communities more resilient to climate change and include greater community engagement.
Funding is available for projects that promote cultural, environmental and economic equity. As examples, projects could:
- build relationships and partnerships that promote nature education and outdoor experiences by and for people of color
- increase the number of visitors and staff at parks and natural areas who represent diverse racial, ethnic and cultural groups
- develop the capacity of organizations that serve people of color to lead nature education and cultural programs in parks and natural areas
- offer school-aged children, with a special emphasis on students of color, hands-on nature education in local natural areas
- integrate outdoor nature education with school-based and science, technology, engineering and math curriculum
- support community engagement and nature education programs that include hands-on restoration activities to improve fish and wildlife habitat in local communities
- support mentorship, youth corps and job skill development or otherwise prepare participants for continuing careers or higher education in natural resources, nature education or other nature-related science, technology, engineering or math fields.
Nature education grants connect people with nature in wide-range of ways. In recent years, nature education grant recipients connected new Americans to nature at Nadaka Nature Park, brought students from George Middle School to the Columbia Slough, and provided summer work in nature education and restoration to young people of color.
Who is eligible?
Community groups, nonprofits, neighborhoods, individuals, 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?
The 2020 Nature in Neighborhoods nature education and outdoor experiences grants pre-application window has closed. The next round of nature education and outdoor experiences grants will be available in 2022.These grants are available every other year.