Jan. 5: Applications open
Feb. 2 at noon: Applications due
mid April: Awards announced
late June: Funds available
Up to $160,000 is available for the 2018 cycle, in grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. No matching funds are required.
- Up to $100,000 can be awarded to projects in the Metro region outside the 2018 target area described below.
- This year's target area aligns with Metro's work within the Southwest Corridor. Up to $60,000 can be awarded to projects within the this target area, which includes the cities of Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood, Durham and portions of Southwest Portland and unincorporated Washington County.
- There is a single application for all applicants, regardless of where the project is located.
2018 target area: Southwest Corridor
Metro is responsible for planning for the long-term health of our region - how we grow and how we get around. In the Southwest portion of our region, preparing for future growth is taking the form of the Southwest Corridor Plan. The transit system here is overburdened, and the roads are congested and unreliable. People walking and bicycling face unsafe conditions moving within and between local communities. Local leaders are studying the best way to address these challenges, so that residents, commuters and visitors can get around safely, quickly and efficiently for decades to come. Planning is underway for a proposed 12-mile MAX light rail line from downtown Portland to Tigard and Bridgeport Village in Tualatin, along with numerous walking, biking and roadway projects to help people access stations.
As a complementary effort, the Southwest Corridor Equitable Development Strategy strives to ensure that, with these big public investments, individuals and families can continue to live, work and thrive in their communities.
The Community Placemaking grants can play an important role. When Metro plans for public investments in an area, we affect that area in intentional and unintentional ways. Community Placemaking projects create strong, resilient communities that are more able to effect and absorb change. These projects also help Metro build partnerships with community members we may not otherwise interact with.
Here is what you need to know:
- If your proposed project is in or related to the Southwest Corridor target area, you will be asked to describe how your project could make communities more prepared for the changes and/or opportunities these major public investments would bring.
- Don’t worry about the exact geography of the Southwest Corridor. If you believe your proposal relates to this area, simply answer the target area application question.
- There is one application and set of evaluation criteria regardless where the proposed project takes place.
- Want to learn more about the Southwest Corridor Plan before writing your application? Staff is happy to talk with you and your team.
Partnerships are key to a competitive proposal. Project proposals should demonstrate broad community support for implementing the proposed concept. The primary applicant may be a community based organization, city or county, property owner, local business owner or other entity, and must satisfy the following:
- Community-based organization must have support from the property owner (city or private owner) where the project will take place.
- Public agencies must have community partners involved in the implementation of the project and a plan to involve the broader public.
- Unincorporated organizations need a fiscal sponsor (a state certified, federally approved 501(c) nonprofit) or can partner with a public agency. That fiscal sponsor must have must have a federal employer tax ID number and capacity to contract with Metro.
A competitive application will satisfy multiple criteria in each category.
- Prompts social interaction and connection to place
- Provides an engaging or creative event, activity or destination for the community
- Uses art as a tool for engagement and change
- Strengthens existing cultural and local assets
- Addresses a community challenge or opportunity
- Involves and benefits communities of color or other historically marginalized communities
- Eliminates barriers to participation in placemaking activities for communities of color or other historically marginalized communities
- Is actively supported by communities of color or other historically marginalized communities
- Engages the public in the planning for and participating in the project's implementation
- Involves partnerships that bring different or new groups together
- Includes contributions (financial or otherwise) from other entities
- Enhances regional efforts where Metro is actively engaged - within the 2018 target area or 2040 growth concept areas
- Is led by people of color or members of other historically marginalized communities
- Builds capacity for organizations and individuals to participate in civic processes
- Enhances the social and/or economic livability of the community
Minimum grant requirements
- Projects must be located within the Urban Growth Boundary.
- Projects must be completed by early Fall 2019.
- Projects must be clearly achievable given proposed resources and personnel.
- Projects in public spaces must demonstrate support from the local jurisdiction.
- Projects must have a designated fiscal sponsor that will be responsible for proper use, accounting and reporting for all grant funds. If the main applicant is not eligible to serve as fiscal sponsor, the applicant must identify a project partner who will serve in this capacity. Note that if the fiscal sponsor is not a non-profit or government entity, grant funds may be considered a gift and may be taxable. Metro reports all grant distributions to the IRS.
Restrictions on use of funds
Community Placemaking grant funds may not be used for any of the following purposes:
- Activities or events held outside the Portland area Urban Growth Boundary
- Materials or costs not tied to the proposed event/project
- Costs that may be incurred in preparing this grant application
- General organizational support, annual appeals or fund drives
- Direct grants or loans that primarily benefit specific individuals or businesses
- Any attempt to: directly influence legislation or public policy; participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office; induce or encourage violations of law or public policy or improper private benefit to occur
- Activities or events held on property whose owner discriminates against individuals or groups because of race, color creed, national origin, sex, age or disability, in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, as amended; 42 U.S.C. Section 2000d; Section 303 of the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; 42 U.S.C. Section 6102; Section 202 of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990; 42 U.S.C. Section 12132