To view the pre-application handbook, the simple application, examples of previous successful applications and more information, visit the Nature in Neighborhoods restoration grants page.
Want to restore and care for nature in your community?
If you have a vision for getting rid of weeds, improving water quality, creating fish and wildlife habitat or restoring nature in the Portland metropolitan area, a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods restoration grant can help get your idea off the ground.
Grants are available for individuals, community groups, businesses, neighborhoods, nonprofits, schools and school groups, government agencies, faith groups and service groups with nonprofit or other tax-exempt status.
Metro is especially interested in projects that invite communities of color to participate in the design, development, implementation and future benefits of projects.
Thanks to a 2013 parks and natural areas levy approved by the region’s voters, Metro expects to award about $700,000 in restoration grants this year.
Grant recipients from last year are busy helping control invasive plants at Forest Park, restoring habitat at the Sandy River Delta, removing barriers to fish passage in Johnson Creek and more -- all while engaging the local community on how they can become good stewards of these areas.
Metro grants also expand partnerships to create volunteer restoration opportunities. This year, SOLVE and Centro Cultural de Washington County are working together to create summer camps, afterschool programs and weekend bilingual community events for families living near Council Creek, a tributary of the Tualatin River.
Fill out a simple application by April 21 for small habitat restoration grants up to $25,000 and large restoration grants up to $100,000.
Projects must involve at least three partners and be completed within two to three years. Grant money must be matched by other funding or in-kind contributions, such as materials and volunteer work.
Grants for conservation education programs and capital projects are also available.
To learn more and to ask questions, attend a restoration grant workshop on Wednesday, April 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland.