Those trying to excite and involve their neighborhood in a variety of projects finally have access to some resources.
Applications are currently being accepted for small neighborhood grants from the City of Portland, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement and the seven district coalitions. The new grant program will allot a total of $200,000 in grants to neighborhood and community-based organizations for projects and events that organize the groups, attract new members or encourage those who are already member to become more involved.
Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc., the coalition that oversees the 16 neighborhoods in Southwest, will administer the local grants. SWNI has been allotted $25,140 for Southwest projects and the grants will range from $250 to $2000.
Some ideas that groups have discussed so far include holding community celebrations, building partnerships with local businesses, creating information kiosks, beautifying the neighborhood and creating and sending newsletters, according to Sylvia Bogert, director of SWNI.
'We're looking to see if we can create some success stories,' she said.
The grant program is a response to neighborhoods and community leaders who repeatedly asked for more resources for their groups. The city council approved funding in this year's budget for the grants.
The money will be awarded on a competitive basis and proposals are due Dec. 1.
For more information, please visit the Web site www.portlandonline.com/oni or call SWNI Director Sylvia Bogert at 503-823-4592.