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Past grantees have connected students to nature, created a nature park and given youth of color job trainings. That's just three of the dozens of project supported by Nature in Neighborhoods.
Read more about other Nature in Neighborhood grant projects
Funded through the 2019 bond measure, Metro's Nature in Neighborhoods capital grants pilot utilizes a novel approach called participatory budgeting that gives community members a direct voice in choosing which projects in their communities to recommend up to $4 million in funding to the Metro Council.
Purpose of grants
Nature in Neighborhoods capital grants pilot funding grants improve water quality, protect fish and wildlife and connect people to nature.
The Nature in Neighborhoods capital grants pilot will support community-led projects that benefit historically marginalized communities, protect and improve water quality and fish and wildlife habitat, support climate resilience and increase people’s experience of nature at the community scale. Chosen projects will emphasize community engagement, racial equity and climate resilience as well as meet the requirements of the 2019 bond measure.
- To maximize the impact of investments, projects must demonstrate strong partnerships between community-based organizations and public (non-federal) agencies.
- Grant funds must be expended within the Urban Growth Boundary and/or the Metro jurisdictional boundary or as approved by the Metro Council.
- Projects must be clearly achievable given the knowledge, skills and resources available among project partners.
- Expenses must be associated with capital projects only. Funds cannot be used for general operating expenses.
- Projects that involve the acquisition of properties or easements must be negotiated with willing sellers.
- Grantees will be required to evaluate their projects.
Who is eligible?
The capital grants pilot will engage community groups, nonprofit organizations, schools, park providers, soil and water conservation districts and others in neighborhood projects that benefit people and nature.
Capital grants are intended to support community-driven initiatives; therefore, partnerships are key to a successful proposal. Tribal governments, public schools, non-profits, community-based organizations, local governments and special districts can apply for grants. To maximize the impact of investments, projects must demonstrate strong partnerships between community-based organizations and public (non-federal) agencies.
When do I apply?
Capital grants pilot funding will be available in 2022-23.