Grants for 2012
Sixteen EPNO Neighborhood Small Grants announced to help organizations build and strengthen community bonds
From among 33 applications for funding in the 2012 East Portland Neighborhood Small Grant Program, its governing committee selected sixteen programs when they met in December.
After evaluating the grant requests, the eight-member committee – composed of volunteer community members representing business, education, neighborhoods, and community organizations – selected these projects, programs, and events to be funded through its $37,000 budget.
The granted projects follow, by general neighborhood area:
In this northeast community, the Lao “Community Connection” received a grant for $1,500 to deliver a Portland Plan Workshop in English and Lao.
To help finish a “Walking Trail” and engage neighbors at this Centennial School District school, just east of Parklane Park, Parklane Elementary Walking Trail project was awarded $2,000. Additionally $3,500 was granted in support of the 2012 Parklane Neighborhood Fair and Movie.
Once again, the annual Glenfair combined “Movie in the Park” and National Night Out party received a grant – this year, in the amount of $2,200.
Three programs will take place in Hazelwood this year. A “Chess for Success” After-School Chess Club at Lincoln Park Elementary received a $3,500 grant; a special event to bring awareness to issues at East Holladay Park was awarded $901; and, because of the wide participation this event attracts, the return of the Gateway “Fun-O-Rama Parade” received approval for its $1,377 request.
Neighborhood leaders in Parkrose stepped up to partner with Comunidad Latina Aprendiendo to help them obtain a grant of $1,500 to host “Conexion Latina II”, intended to engage Hispanic speakers in classes that teach about Domestic Violence, DHS, and the Mexican Consulate.
A $2,100 grant will helpthe Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors produce their 2012 National Night Out Party; and these neighbors will host a “Movie in the Park” at Knott Park, for which they received a $1,245 grant.
The Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association’s 2012 National Night Out event received a $3,500 grant; and the committee again supported the East Portland Exposition with $3,500 in funding.
With the help of grant funding, two events will return to the Lents Neighborhood: Lents Founders Day 2012: A Celebration of Community, which received a $3,500 grant; and the 2012 Ramona Street Fair’s request for $2,650 was approved as well.
To help with plans to expand the Wilkes Park “Movie in the Park”, there was a $2,500 allotment.
And, to help keep the spotlight on the proposed park on NE Halsey Street, the Woodland Park Neighborhood folks received $1,473 in grant support for their “Movie & Community Fair at Gateway Park”.
Projects supported by the East Portland Neighborhood Small Grant Program, funded by the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement, are “leveraged” by the grantees. This year, these granted projects are contributing a combined total of $135,840 in matching funds, in-kind donations and volunteerism.
For more information, See EPNO’s website: eastportland.org or call (503) 823-4550.
2011 East Portland Neighborhood Office Neighborhood Small Grants
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13 East Portland Neighborhood Small Grants help thirteen organizations help build and strengthening community bonds
These 13 programs helped help build stronger outer East Portland neighborhoods and contribute to a greater sense of community through a variety activities.
The “Asian and Pacific Islander Parent and Youth Education Series” focuses on helping underserved youth, at the soon-to-closed Marshall High School, transition to new schools.
Also in the Lents Neighborhood Association area, grants will help bolster their venerated “Founders Day 2011: A Celebration of Community”, and promote the nascent “Ramona Street Fair”.
The “Mill Park Outdoor Classroom and Community Garden” program will give disadvantaged students the opportunity to learn gardening through hands-on experiences. And, funding for the Parkrose Heights Community Garden – an on-going project started two years ago thanks to a Neighborhood Small Grant – is helping this “learning garden” grow even stronger.
For the first time, the “Wauna Vista National Night Out (NNO) Block Party” is receiving a grant to help expanding their Neighborhood Watch group, which was started in 2009, to include more neighbors. Also, 2011’s Neighborhood Small Grants will help both the Glenfair and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood associations produce their annual community-building August events.
Projecting a current motion picture on a giant screen in parks has become a proven way to bring neighbors out of their homes and help them to get to know one another. Two grants will help organizers put on such events in both the Wilkes neighborhood’s Wilkes Park, and in Knott Park in the Parkrose Heights neighborhood.
And, two additional grants for “Movie in the Park” events will help Centennial neighbors build partnerships for developing Parklane Park – and will assist and Hazelwood neighbors in celebrateng a new park proposed in Gateway on the old JJ North’s Restaurant site.
Finally, a grant was extended to the organizers of the East Portland Exposition, scheduled again in July, to support their continuing effort to promote a sense of community across outer East Portland.
Donations and volunteerism helps extend the value of money received from the Small Neighborhood Grant Program, funded by the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement. Because the grant awardees leverage their funding with additional grants, and/or donated time, services, and materials, the 2011 East Portland Neighborhood Small Grant investment, totaling $23,830, will produce about $150,000 worth of community-building value.
2010 East Portland Neighborhood Office Neighborhood Small Grants
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Fourteen East Portland grants help build a stronger community – through social events, education, and involvement.
Thanks to the 2010 Small Neighborhood Grant Program, fourteen community-based organizations will be reaching out to help build stronger outer East Portland neighborhoods and contribute to a greater sense of community.
Programs funded by these grants range from simple – like safety vests that will identify Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood volunteers working on projects – to large scale events, ranging from block parties to a large-scale exposition.
Events draw neighbors together
The 2010 East Portland Exposition – a two-day event showcasing outer East Portland Neighborhoods – tops the list of neighborhood events aided by grants this year.
Others, such as a new Multicultural Share Fair, the ARCO-IRIS Festival of Arts & Cultures, and a Powellhurst-Gilbert Community Block Party, also benefit from grant funding, bringing together neighbors from all walks of life.
Two grants will help Parkrose Heights Association of Neighbors and the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood produce their “National Night Out against Crime” events that provide crime prevention awareness and highlight community cooperation. The Wilkes Community Group won a grant to help them present another “Movie in the Park” event, in cooperation with Portland Parks & Recreation.
Grant aids new community garden
In past years, Small Neighborhood Grants have helped successfully prepare and operate several Community Gardens in outer East Portland.
Some of the hardest-hit families during this economic recession are residents of the Glenfair Neighborhood. And this year, a grant will help a group start a new Glenfair Community Garden there, and will help families in the area gain availability to more fresh foods.
Building community through recreation and educational programs
And, educational-based programs, such as the “Healthy Futures Collaborative Workshop Series”, “Latino Safety Promoters”, and “Chess for Success After-School Program”, also are receiving financial support from their neighbors.
Grants leveraged with donations
The value of funds received from the Small Neighborhood Grant Program, funded by the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement, are enhanced, because the awardees leverage their funding with additional grants, and/or donated time, services, and materials.
The fourteen community projects, overseen by the East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO), will produce more than $400,000 worth of community-building value from a $31,775 investment.
For more information, contact EPNO at (503) 823-4550 or email info [at] epno [dot] org.
2009 East Portland Neighborhood Office Neighborhood Small Grants
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Here are the grants approved for 2009. Each is listed as follows:
Immigrant Population Outreach
Youth Internship Program
National Night Out Party
Parkrose Heights Community Garden
Parkrose Farmers' Market Oregon Trail Program
Parkrose Farmers' Market Community Involvement
National Night Out Event Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association
Lents Ride Share
Friends of Gateway Green Outreach
Creating Capacity for Community
Library Environmental Learning Lab
Lents Neighborhood Fruit Tree Project
Glenfair Neighbors Moving Forward
2008 East Portland Neighborhood Small Grants
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Cougar Community Garden