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Parks and Nature Community Partnerships Program

Grants to Oregon Organizations in Eligible
Regions for Nature-Based Programming

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04/01/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to Oregon nonprofit and faith-based organizations, and community and neighborhood groups in eligible areas for events and programs that promote racial inclusion in the area's parks system. Funding is intended to allow residents to explore parks and natural areas in Portland, and to create culturally relevant activities, classes, and events for people of color.

Program Areas:

  • Metro-led programming support: This funding provides financial support for transportation and interpretation so community members can take part in Metro-led classes and activities. 
  • Sponsorships for community-led programming: These sponsorships provide funding and Metro staff support for community organizations and groups to explore Metro's parks and natural areas and create culturally relevant activities, classes and events.
  • Partnership innovation funds: These funds support community groups and members who partner with Metro staff on innovative projects and initiatives to advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion in the parks and natural areas system. 
  • Co-created community partnerships: These partnerships bring Metro and community-based organizations together to make Metro's parks and natural areas more welcoming. Program will be updated in winter 2020.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185806

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Metro-led programming support:
- Total funds: $10,000. Total funding per partner: Up to $1,100 per activity.

Sponsorships for community-led programming:
- Total annual fund: $75,000. Total funding per partner: $3,500.

Partnership Innovation Fund:
- Total funds: $45,000 (including funding for fee waivers and agency-wide sponshorship program). Total funding per project: $10,000.

Co-created community partnerships:
- Total annual fund: $120,000. Total funding per partner: Up to $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Sponsorship for community led programming: For activities between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Community partnership funds are intended to support community-based organizations and groups (including community groups, non-profits, neighborhood groups, faith groups and service groups) led by and for people of color.

Activities must benefit communities in greater Portland and take place at Metro parks and natural areas.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Learn about how to apply for a sponsorship program to hold community-led activities for communities of color at Metro’s parks and natural areas. These workshops are free and no RSVP is required.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30 PM
Metro Regional Center, room 270

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply for sponsorships for community-led programming is April 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m.

Requests for Metro-led programming support are made through the nature education and volunteer program reservation process.

Requests for partnership innovation funds are made by Metro staff.

Applicants are welcome to contact the program manager, Sheilagh Diez.

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

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Sheilagh Diez, Program Manager

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