More grant programs
Have a great idea for a project but it doesn’t work as a community choice project? Explore Metro’s other grant programs.
Metro grants and resources
Have you always wanted a walking path in your favorite park? Is there an empty lot with shade trees in the neighborhood you want to see preserved? Does a school playground need a nature-play overhaul? Does a trail have a great view but no benches to sit and enjoy it? Does a neighborhood stream or wetland need to be restored?
Never built a park or run a conservation project? Don’t let that stop you from sharing your ideas. Metro staff and staff from cities and park districts will help you and your neighbors develop your ideas so they can meet the rules and requirements for a grant.
What projects can be funded
The simplest way to describe eligible projects is they have to result in a physical thing that can be owned by a local government, like a city or park district. A few examples are a park or a culvert under a road or a nature playground or a piece of property. These are often called capital assets.
The grants can’t be used for projects like nature education classes or swim lessons or small restoration efforts. However, Nature in Neighborhoods does have grants for those types of project.
These limits are set by state law and promises Metro made to the community when voters passed the 2019 parks and nature bond measure.
How much can a project get?
Community choice grants can help fund projects like these with budgets from $10,000 up to $250,000. Metro will award up to $2 million in total.