Metro Central enhancement grants support residents within a target area that stretches along the west side of the Willamette River from the Northwest Neighborhood Association to Linnton, along with an area around the St. Johns Bridge within North Portland’s Cathedral Park neighborhood. Grants are awarded on an annual basis by the Metro Central Enhancement Committee, made up of representatives from the surrounding neighborhoods, businesses and environmental community.
Who may apply
Community enhancement grants are designed to serve people who may be negatively impacted by having a waste transfer station located within their community. Projects must occur within the target area. Community groups, neighborhoods, nonprofits, schools and school groups, government agencies, faith groups and service groups with nonprofit or other tax-exempt status may apply.
These grants are typically competitive, meaning there are more requests for funding than can be met in a given year. Successful proposals will strongly meet at least one of the following program goals:
- Provide programs, training or services that benefit youth, seniors, low income persons, people of color, veterans or other marginalized and underserved populations
- Increase reuse, recycling and waste prevention opportunities
- Improve the environmental quality of the area
- Preserve or enhance wildlife and natural areas within the target area
- Improve or increase recreation opportunities for residents in the target area
- Rehabilitate and upgrade property owned or operated by non-profits
- Improve the safety, appearance or cleanliness of neighborhoods.
In fall of 2022, the Metro Central Community Enhancement Committee selected 14 proposals and awarded $358,111 in 2023 grant funds. Read the full list of recipients in this announcement:
Application submission, review and selection
The Metro Central community enhancement grants are on a calendar year cycle. Grant awards are made in January, and applications for the next year are accepted from July to September. A grant application information session is held in August to help applicants better understand the grant program and application requirements.
If you would like to be added to the grant information session mailing list, please contact [email protected]
The Metro Central Enhancement Committee is comprised of six neighborhood representatives. Metro Councilor Mary Nolan, the Metro Councilor from District 5, serves as chair. The committee reviews and awards all grant requests.