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Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) Grant

Grants to Oregon Neighborhood and Community
Organizations in Eligible Areas to Benefit the Public

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City of Lake Oswego

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10/16/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Oregon neighborhood, homeowners, and community associations and groups in eligible areas for programs and projects that will benefit the public. Applicants must consult with program staff prior to applying. Projects for this cycle should be of limited scope and may include small capital projects, public art, wooden neighborhood signs, emergency preparedness, neighborhood sustainability, community building, and more. Applicants must be in Lake Oswego.

The Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) supports neighborhoods by providing grants for projects or programs that provide a community benefit.

Grant Criteria

  1. Provide a public benefit to the Lake Oswego community. Projects providing neighborhood benefit and applied for by City-recognized neighborhood associations will receive funding priority over homeowners associations and other groups.
  2. Have neighborhood/community support.
  3. Identify and provide detail on who will be responsible for completing the work, including the project coordinator(s) and the role of any consultants or vendors.
  4. For physical improvements, be located on public land.
  5. Be designed for either no maintenance or low maintenance if maintained by volunteers.
  6. Not fund ongoing or annual expenses of the organization (funds may be used to initiate an ongoing program or fill a temporary funding gap, but should not be used to support ongoing or annual expenses).
  7. For emergency preparedness projects, demonstrate coordination with the Lake Oswego Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to ensure that resources are made available to residents through a coordinated community effort.
  8. For neighborhood parties, picnics and other social events, funding is generally limited to $300.

Qualifying projects in neighborhoods that have not previously received a grant may receive priority over neighborhoods that have received past NEP awards. Projects that leverage matching funds or in-kind contributions may also be prioritized.

Following is a partial list of project ideas that have been implemented in past years and/or support the community benefit criteria. Applicants are not limited to these projects, but are encouraged to review the list for inspiration.

  • Small Capital Projects, such as playground improvements, park kiosks, outdoor benches, and similar projects that are not part of the City’s Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Public Art, such as purchase/installation of an existing sculpture (not commissioning new works) for a prominent location in a neighborhood, as part of the City’s permanent art collection.
  • Wooden Neighborhood Signs, up to two per neighborhood, to strengthen neighborhood identity.
  • Emergency Preparedness, such as creating a neighborhood directory, or training neighborhood block representatives in emergency response. Emergency preparedness projects should generally be designed for neighborhood or community-wide benefit, and information needed for residents to access the supplies should be coordinated with David Kainoa, the city's liaison with the Lake Oswego Community Emergency Preparedness Team (CERT).  Some individual items may be considered if paired with training or as an event tie-in.
  • Neighborhood Sustainability such as holding a recycling event for electronics, furniture, appliances, oversized plastic, etc.; or creating a community tool library.
  • Community Building projects such as events to build relationships, get more people involved in the neighborhood, help build partnerships between neighborhood organizations, or help underserved populations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143868

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will generally be limited to $10,000 per neighborhood, however, larger project amounts will be considered.

For neighborhood parties, picnics and other social events, funding is generally limited to $300.

Term of Contract:

Applicants are encouraged to focus on small projects that can be reasonably completed by June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible grant recipients include:
- City-recognized neighborhood associations (NA)
- Homeowners associations (HOAs)
- Community groups that are based in and serve the Lake Oswego community

Community Groups and HOAs located within a City-recognized neighborhood association must have sponsorship from the neighborhood association where the project is located. Groups requesting neighborhood association sponsorship should contact the association with a 30-day request for consideration, and NA board approval must be submitted with the application. Project implementation should also be coordinated with the NA as an opportunity to build community partnerships.

Neighborhood association maps and contact lists can be found online at:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are Due Friday, October 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

- September 9, 2020: Grant cycle opens for the 2020-2021 Neighborhood Enhancement Program
- October 16, 2020: Applications due by 5:00 pm
- December 2020: City Council awards grants
- December 2020 – June 2021: Project implementation
- June 30, 2021: Grant completion deadline (all expenses must be incurred by June 30, 2021)
- July 9, 2021: Deadline for submitting all invoices for payment and/or requests for reimbursement to the City
- August 27, 2021: Project Report deadline

The 2020-2021 Grant Cycle is now open. The opening of the 2020-2021 Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) Grant Cycle was postponed by approximately six months from the typical year-long cycle due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This year will be the first year the City is requiring that applications be completed online. Applicants will be able to save the progress on their applications and access them at a later time to continue. An email address and password will be need to be provided.

Groups that are interested in applying for a grant are required to review their project with the grant program coordinator prior to application submittal, and are strongly encouraged to contact the coordinator early in the process to discuss initial ideas.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Erik Olson, Senior Planner, (503) 697-6524

Iris McCaleb, Administrative Assistant, (503) 697-6591


City of Lake Oswego
P.O. Box 369
380 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

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