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Community Placemaking Grant

Grants to Portland Area, Oregon Nonprofits and Agencies for
Community Programs that Benefit Communities of Color

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02/04/19 Noon


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to Portland area, Oregon nonprofit organizations and public agencies for arts-based community-driven programs. Eligible projects are those that specifically benefit communities of color and other historically marginalized communities.

The Community Placemaking program helps people tackle community challenges or opportunities through creative, arts-based, equity-focused projects. Project proposals should demonstrate broad community support.

The Community Placemaking program has four objectives:
- 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182974

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by early Fall 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Anyone can apply, while meeting the following conditions:

- Community-based organizations must have support from the property owner (jurisdictional or private owner) where the project will take place.
- Public agencies must have community partners involved in the implementation of the project and a plan to involve the broader public.
- Unincorporated organizations need a fiscal sponsor (a state certified, federally approved 501(c) non-profit) or can partner with a public agency. Your fiscal sponsor must have must have a federal employer tax ID number and capacity to contract with Metro.

Community Placemaking grant funds may not be used for any of the following purposes:

- Activities or events held outside the Portland area Urban Growth Boundary
- Materials or costs not tied to the proposed event/project
- Costs that may be incurred in preparing this grant application
- General organizational support, annual appeals or fund drives
- Direct grants or loans that primarily benefit specific individuals or businesses
- Any attempt to: directly influence legislation or public policy; participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office; induce or encourage violations of law or public policy or improper private benefit to occur
- Activities or events held on property whose owner discriminates against individuals or groups because of race, color creed, national origin, sex, age or disability, in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, as amended; 42 U.S.C. Section 2000d; Section 303 of the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; 42 U.S.C. Section 6102; Section 202 of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990; 42 U.S.C. Section 12132

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
Applications open: January 4
Applications due: February 4, noon
Awards announced: Late April
Funds available: After July 1
Projects must be complete: Early fall 2020

Applicants are encouraged to contact Metro staff to discuss your idea. Staff does not play a role in advocating for applicants or making the funding recommendation, and instead is available to help you make your application as strong as possible. Optional information sessions and individualized assistance are available.

The Community Placemaking application is available via the online system ZoomGrants.

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

To schedule an optional information session, contact:
Dana Lucero

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Portland Metropolitan Area