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Metro's community partnerships program works with community organizations big and small to build community and connect people of color with nature at Metro's parks and natural areas. These partnerships organize community events, implement nature programming activities, connect communities with park planners and decision makers, explore nature-based career pathways, and offer other activities that build racial equity, diversity and inclusion in the region.
The program manages an annual budget of $250,000. Organizations and groups led by and for people of color can access these funds and Metro staff support through four program areas designed to strengthen community-led, Metro-led and co-created activities. All activities must benefit communities in greater Portland. Some funds require that activities take place at Metro parks and natural areas. The sponsorships for community-led programs do not require that activities take place in Metro parks and natural areas.
Increase opportunities for communities of color to experience nature in greater Portland. Some funds require that activities increase opportunities for communities of color to experience nature in Metro parks and natural areas.
Sponsorships for community-led programs
These sponsorships provide funding and Metro staff support for community organizations and groups to facilitate connection to nature for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and other people of color) communities.
Total funding available for 2021 cycle: $75,000 Total funding per partner: up to $5,000
Currently closed for applications.
Metro Parks and Nature access program
These funds are to cover parking and shelter fees for BIPOC-led groups and organizations in Metro parks and natural areas. Request funds here. Timeline: ongoing. If you or someone you know requests this form in a language other than English, please contact us at: [email protected]
Metro-led programming support
This funding provides financial support for transportation and interpretation so community members can take part in Metro-led classes and activities.
Total funds: $10,000. Total funding per partner: Up to $1,100 per activity.
Open now. Request through the nature education program reservation process.
Partnership innovation funds
These funds support community groups and members who partner with Metro staff on innovative projects and initiatives to advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion in the parks and natural areas system.
Total funds: $45,000*. Total funding per project: $10,000.
*Includes funding for fee waivers and agency-wide sponsorship program.
Funding now open. Requests are made by Metro staff.
Co-created community partnerships
These partnerships bring Metro and community-based organizations together to make Metro's parks and natural areas more welcoming.
Total annual fund: $120,000. Total funding per partner: Up to $30,000.
Who is eligible to apply?
Community partnership funds are intended to support community-based organizations and groups (including community groups, non-profits, neighborhood groups, faith groups and service groups) led by and for BIPOC communities.
Activities must benefit communities in greater Portland and take place in greater Portland.