East Portland Neighborhood Small Grant Program application cycle for 2012 is now open

There’s $37,000 to be granted! See how much funding your non-profit group can get to help kick-start a community service project …

At Mill Park Elementary School, a 2011 East Portland Neighborhood Small Grant Program award provided the seed funding to build an “outdoor learning lab” garden.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
In partnership with the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement, East Portland Neighborhood Office is making $37,000 available in grants – ranging in amounts from $500 up to $3,500 per program for 2012.

The goal of these programs is to provide neighborhood and community organizations the opportunity to build community, attract diverse members, and sustain those involved.

In the past, these grants have been used to support youth education and sports programs, farmers markets, community gardens – and a wide range of neighborhood-sponsored events, such as National Night Out parties and Movie in the Park nights.

Neighbors here find a place to sit to prepare for a Portland Parks & Recreation “Movie in the Park”, part of the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association’s National Night Out celebration – funded in part with a neighborhood small grant.

Free support for Grant Writers
If your organization is considering applying for an East Portland Neighborhood Small Grant, you are invited – and encouraged – to attend the Grant Information Session.

This year’s Support for Grant Writers session is Monday, September 26, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the East Portland Neighborhood Office, 1017 NE 117th Avenue. A light supper and refreshments will be served.

At this session, you’ll gain valuable information about the application itself, the Grant Committee review process, what funds can be used for, and the unique priorities here in the East Portland neighborhood coalition area.

Grant applications will be available at this workshop. Participation in one of these workshops is strongly recommended, though not required.  Grant writing resources will also be posted: CLICK HERE to open ONI’s webpage and search for “grants”.

With help from an East Portland Neighborhood Small Grant, the 2011 Ramona Street Fair was more successful than ever.

The completed applications are due in the East Portland Neighborhood Office on Tuesday, November 1 by 2:00 p.m.

For more information, see EPNO’s webpage for grants: CLICK HERE.

© 2011 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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