Metro’s large-scale community visions grant program supports innovative capital projects that bring together nature, job opportunities, affordable housing and safe transportation. As greater Portland grows, experiences a housing crisis and feels the effects of climate change, it becomes clearer and clearer that these challenges must be faced together. Through the large-scale community visions program, Metro will support projects across greater Portland that inspire new ways to meet these challenges.
The program is part of the 2019 parks and nature bond measure. It will provide up to $30 million in funding for projects that meet the measure’s racial equity, community engagement and climate resilience criteria. The first funding cycle will provide $10 million.
Who can apply
The following groups and organizations are eligible to apply: governmental agencies; nonprofit organizations; public educational institutions including primary and secondary schools, community colleges, colleges, universities and extension centers; and private real estate developers.
- It must be a capital project (this include real estate acquisitions)
- Projects must cost at least $6 million and must devote at least $2 million of that to habitat restoration
- The project must meaningfully engage with communities of color, Indigenous communities, people with low incomes and other historically marginalized communities in planning and development
- The project must be publicly owned or result in a publicly owned asset.
Further requirements are detailed in the large-scale community visions handbook.
The application process begins with a letter of interest from a potential applicant. Please review the program handbook for instructions.