2020 grant cycle information
Up to $190,000 will be awarded in next grant cycle. Review this important information before you apply.
Applications will be open Nov. 22 through Feb. 3 at noon. Create an account in ZoomGrants, and invite your team to collaborate online.
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Metro’s Community Placemaking grants help people tackle community challenges or opportunities through arts-based, equity-focused projects.
What is Community Placemaking?
Community Placemaking projects have a few key ingredients. The idea comes from the community the project is intended to serve. Those community members, especially people of color or other historically marginalized communities, play a role in making the project happen. Arts or cultural activities bring people together to strengthen their connection to each other and the places they care about.
2020 grant cycle
Metro will award up to $190,000 in our next grant cycle. Get started by reading the application handbook. Staff is available to help think through your idea and get you ready to submit a strong application. Individualized assistance is available and encouraged. Contact information appears at the bottom of this page. You can also attend an optional information session.
- Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Aloha Community Library - 17455 SW Farmington Rd. Suite 6A, Aloha
- Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Gresham Library - 385 NW Miller Ave., Gresham
- Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Metro Regional Center - 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland
- Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Metro Regional Center - 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland
- Thursday, Dec. 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Oak Lodge Library - 16201 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Oak Grove
- Friday, Dec. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. at Metro Regional Center - 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland
- Thursday, Dec. 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Midland Library - 805 SE 122nd Ave., Portland
Placemaking: People’s connections to each other and to places they care about are strengthened.
Equity: People of color and members of historically marginalized communities have power and resources to influence their neighborhoods and communities.
Partnerships: People’s efforts are maximized because they work in partnership with each other and with Metro.
Leadership: People participate in projects and decisions that affect them.
Community Placemaking projects are creative at their core and can take many forms. Get started thinking by looking at recipients of the 2017, 2018 and 2019 cycles to see the range of efforts this program has supported.
Up to $190,000 is available for grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 for the 2019 cycle. No matching funds are required.
Who is eligible to apply?
Community Placemaking grants support community-driven initiatives, and partnerships are key to a competitive proposal. Given that, anyone meeting the following conditions can apply:
- Community-based organizations with nonprofit status.
- Community groups or individuals without nonprofit status must partner with a fiscal sponsor, such as a state certified, federally approved 501(c) nonprofit or a public agency. That fiscal sponsor must have must have a federal employer tax ID number and capacity to contract with Metro. Learn more about a fiscal sponsor’s role in the application handbook beginning on page 6.
- Public agencies must have community partners involved in the implementation of the project and a plan to involve the broader public.
- (New) If you are a past recipient of a Community Placemaking grant and your project was exclusively an event (spanning a single or multiple days), you may not reapply the year following your award.