Does your organization offer young people of color work training in parks and natural areas? Maybe you have a partnership that introduces refugees and new residents to the outdoors in greater Portland? Or do you teach school kids how nature connects to their STEM classes? Do you hope to create a program that improves water quality, restores fish and wildlife habitat, or connects people to nature?
Visit Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods nature education and outdoor experiences page to learn more about the program and find out if your organization and partners are eligible.
Check out past Nature in Neighborhood grants projects
Metro’s Nature in Neighborhood nature education and outdoor experiences grants supports programs like these. With the goal of building cultural, environmental and economic equity, these grants provide communities of color and underserved communities educational opportunities, work training, organizational development and the chance to get out and spend meaningful time in nature.
This round of grants is possible thanks to support from voters, who in 2016 renewed the parks and natural areas levy, extending funding to 2023. New this round, the nature education and outdoor experiences grants will be offered every two years.
The nature education and outdoor experiences grants program will award $700,000 this year. Two-year grants are up to $30,000, while three-year grants can be up to $100,000.
Groups throughout greater Portland are encouraged to apply.
To learn more and ask questions, contact the grants coordinator, Crista Gardner, at Crista.Gardner@oregonmetro.gov.