Neighborhood Small Grants Program

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) and the East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO) are excited to offer the City of Portland’s Small Grants Program. This year a total of $26,000 is available. Requested amounts may range from $500 to $3,500.

Opens: Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Closes: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, 5:00pm
Download 2015 EPNO Small Grants application
Contact: Eliza Lindsay, 503-823-4550, email

Who Can Apply?

Any group with a community project that takes place within East Portland and involves and benefits East Portlanders (map of East Portland boundaries).

Projects should meet at least one (not more than one) of the following goals:

  • Increase the number and diversity of people who are involved and engaged in their communities
  • Strengthen community capacity through leadership development, skills building, fostering teamwork and/or partnerships, and community building
  • Increase community impact on public decisions

Engagement of communities historically underrepresented in and underserved by our programming - communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, low income individuals and families, youth, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bi, transgendered people - is a high priority for our Small Grants Program. 

The EPNO Small Grants program is a general grant program. Many community projects will qualify. More information about types of grants funded in the past can be found in the grant application or here

Additional Requirements

For additional requirements and selection criteria as well as information on restrictions on use of funds, download our 2015 application.

Submission deadline

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, 5:00pm
Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.
Applications may be submitted in any language by email, by mail, or in person to:
Eliza Lindsay
East Portland Neighborhood Office
1017 NE 117th Ave
Portland, OR 97220
Phone: 503-823-4550

Grant Information Sessions

We encourage you to attend one of our small grants information sessions. These sessions will help answer questions about the grant program, the application, the committee review process, and how funds can be used.

Please call seven days in advance for special needs accommodations, childcare, and/or language interpretation requests at 503-823-4550 or TTY 503-823-6868. The building is mobility device accessible.

Thursday, February 5th, 2015, 10:00am-11:30am

East Portland Neighborhood Office
1017 NE 117th Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97220

(between Halsey & Glisan - foot of the watertower)
TRI-MET: #77, #71, #25

Thursday, February 12th, 6:00pm-7:30pm

East Portland Neighborhood Office
1017 NE 117th Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97220

(between Halsey & Glisan - foot of the watertower)
TRI-MET: #77, #71, #25

If you can’t attend an information session, please contact us to discuss your project. Call 503-823-4550 or email.

Download the 2015 EPNO Small Grants application.