Nature in Neighborhood’s community choice grants give community members like you a chance to be part of every step of the process: from imagining new parks and nature projects to designing the concept to voting for your favorite projects.
Why just District 4?
Simply, this is a pilot for a new type of grant program and keeping the geographic area small is a fiscally responsible way to test this new approach. A goal of the program is to build relationships between local governments and communities that have often been ignored or harmed by governments. To do that, Metro is committing staff time to meaningfully engage with communities of color, Indigenous community members, folks with low incomes, among other communities. From past projects, Metro has found this relationship-building is done best when it focuses on reaching communities in specific places and working on projects in their neighborhoods.