Foundation / Corporation
Grants ranging from $300 to $4,000 to Portland, Oregon project teams, community groups, and nonprofit organizations in the Funding Source's service area for community engagement projects. Funding is intended for collaborative programs to engage diverse groups of people, to build leadership, and impact public decisions. Projects must take place in and benefit the residents of the SE Uplift Coalition area.
Community and Civic Engagement Small Grants support projects that empower and involve community members to shape and create their communities.
The goals of the Small Grant Program are to increase the number and diversity of people who are involved and engaged in the broader community; strengthen community capacity to create change by building community leadership, identity, skills, relationships and partnerships; and increase community impact on public decisions and community life.
Now in its 12th year, the Small Grants program offers the opportunity to engage community members across the City. By offering seed-money, training, and technical support, the program enables people and organizations to identify community needs, develop collaborative projects, and see their ideas through to completion. The Community and Civic Engagement Small Grant program builds the skills and capacity of project leaders to shape the place where they live. Increased capacity creates confidence, and from confidence grows ongoing engagement of new community leaders.
Proposed projects must directly involve and engage the community as active participants and achieve one or more of the following goals:
- Increase the number and diversity of people who are involved and engaged in the broader community.
- Strengthen community capacity to create change by building community leadership, identity, skills, relationships, and partnerships.
- Increase community impact on public decisions and community life.
Preference will be given to applications:
- Submitted by, or in direct partnership with, organizations predominately led by and/or involving people from historically underrepresented or underserved communities including communities of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income people, renters, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people.
- That have strong community support and involvement as demonstrated by volunteer hours and donated or discounted services over applications that are primarily coordinated and executed by paid personnel.
Applications will be evaluated and scored based on their alignment with grant program goals and potential impact, level of community engagement, feasibility and budget, and degree to which they advance equity.
GrantWatch ID#: 182414
Grant proposals can range from $300 to $4,000. The average Small Grants award is $2,400.
Proposed projects must begin after March 11, 2019 and be able to be completed by January 28, 2020.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
If you have questions about the application or submission process please contact Muz Afzal, SE Uplift’s Small Grants Manager:
Muz Afzal, SE Uplift’s Small Grants Manager
Phone: (503) 232-0010 x 319
Submit applications by email, mail, or drop-off to:
Mail: SE Uplift
ATTN: Muz Afzal
3534 SE Main St
Portland, OR 97214
Drop off: SE UPLIFT
3534 SE Main St
Portland, OR 97214
Mon-Thurs 10 AM-5 PM
USA: Oregon: Portland - Southeast Upland Coalition Area