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Metro accepts pre-applications starting in January 2019 via the online system ZoomGrants. Pre-applications are due by 4 p.m. January 29, 2019.
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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. Learn more
Metro's Nature in Neighborhoods grants provide opportunities to support and create partnerships in local communities that improve water quality, fish and wildlife habitat and connect people with nature..
Funding is available for projects that:
- preserve and restore local fish and wildlife habitat
- support larger conservation initiatives
- increase people's awareness of the need for protecting and managing natural areas
- engage people in protecting and managing natural areas at the community level
- increase the expertise and capacity of organizations to lead habitat restoration and land management activities
- provide environmental resources and economic opportunities to communities of color and other historically marginalized groups
- offer direct access to protected natural areas and the positive impacts of clean land, air and water to communities of color and other historically marginalized groups.
Restoration projects are as diverse as the region’s habitats and waterways. Grant recipients have planted native species at Ross Island, improved water quality and amphibian habitat in Willow Creek, and restored habitat at the Sandy River Delta for fish, migrating birds and turtles all while engaging local residents in being stewards of their local natural areas.
Metro grants expand partnerships to inspire new approaches to restoration, including economic and environmental equity. In the Jade District, APANO, Columbia Land Trust and Audubon worked together with private landowners to increase community stewardship and improve habitat. In Hillsboro, Depave transformed the M&M Marketplace’s parking lot from gray to green by engaging community members that included pavement removal, rain garden creation, and native plant installation. Momentum Alliance and Northwest Youth Corps co-created a diverse conservation leadership program for youth interns with year-round programming and coaching.
Who is eligible?
Community groups, watershed councils, neighborhood associations, nonprofits, faith groups and service groups with nonprofit or other tax-exempt status may apply. Grants may only be awarded to projects and programs that benefit Metro-area residents.
When do I apply?
Materials for the next round of Nature in Neighborhoods restoration and community stewardship grants are available below, including the pre-application handbook. Metro accepts pre-applications starting in January 2019 via the online system ZoomGrants. Pre-applications are due by 4 p.m. January 29, 2019. These grants are available every other year.