Grants

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc
2018 Neighborhood Small Grants

Grant-making process

The goals of this grant program are to: Increase the number and diversity of people who are involved and engaged in their communities and neighborhoods; strengthen neighborhood and community capacity to build community leadership, identity, skills, relationships and partnerships; and increase community and neighborhood impact on public decisions and community life.

We encourage applicants to accomplish this through building strong community participation, and partnerships between neighborhood, business, and community-based organizations. Engagement of historically under-represented and under-served communities is a high priority for this grant program.

Projects should engage and benefit community members in the Southwest Coalition area.

We look forward to working with organizations that share our goal of building livable, equitable, and sustainable neighborhoods and communities for all.

We define historically under-represented and under-served community organizations as those primarily led by and/or involving people of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income individuals and families, youth, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bi, transgendered people.

Thank you to  the ONI Bureau Advisory Committee, and the Portland City Council for advocating for and funding this critical resource for community-building in Portland.

Sincerely,
John Gibbon, Board President
Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.

2018 Grant Documents:

  • SWNI 2018 Grant Application
  • SWNI 2018 Handbook
  • SWNI 2018 Small Grant FAQ Fact Sheet
  • 2018 Grant Scoring Sheet
  • SWNI Grant Workshop Agenda Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc
2017 Neighborhood Small Grants Awarded

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) received 16 proposals totaling $25,869 in grant requests from neighborhood associations and community groups. SWNI was given $10,996 by the Office of Neighborhood Involvement to distribute as 2017 Neighborhood Small Grants. In addition, SWNI had $487.15 in unused 2016 grant dollars so a total of $11,483.15 was available for 2017 projects. SWNI looks forward to working with the following organizations that share our goal of building livable, equitable, and sustainable neighborhoods and communities.

Grauer Back-To-School 
St. Luke Lutheran Church/Hayhurst PTA $1,844

The Grauer Back to School Project is a volunteer nonprofit partnership of faith organizations, social service agencies and businesses created to respond to the back-to-school needs of about 400 low-income SW Portland children grades K-12. 

Cultural Share Boxes
West Portland Park NA $1,000

Cultural Share Boxes (similar to free libraries) will be built for residents to share a bit of their culture and express themselves (recipes, art, music, neighborhood happenings). At least two community gatherings to explain the purpose of the boxes will be held. Community partners include the library, Rizwan Mosque, Markham Elementary, and Jackson Middle School (including Joe Maddox, the shop teacher).

Transportation for Immigrant Seniors Health & Wellness Programing
Neighborhood House $1,864

The Neighborhood House Senior Transportation Program is a critically important resource for seniors in SW Portland, where transportation challenges are significant due to unpaved streets, lack of sidewalks and limited regular bus routes. The goal of the project is to engage more immigrant elders in beneficial health and wellness activities, including culturally appropriate fitness and health education activities

Stephens Creek Creative Dramatics Program
West Multnomah CoHo Productions  $1,000

CoHo Productions is developing a creative dramatics program for children at Stephen's Creek Crossing, with curriculum developed specifically to engage underserved youth with the expressive power of performance. Children K-12 will participate in weekly classes on movement, acting techniques, and creative theatre. The program will culminate in a community performance.

Tech Equity: Enrichment Opportunities
SWNI Schools Committee $500

Many low-income and immigrant and refugee families have little exposure to technology beyond a smart phone. The Schools Committee will work with community partners (Neighborhood House staff at Hayhurst Elementary and Stephens Creek Crossing; Robert Gray Middle School, Capitol Hill and Hillsdale libraries) to help plan, promote and host hands-on-activities for the community, especially among historically-underserved low-income families around technology.

A-C NET Community Building thru Cache Bucket Outreach
Ashcreek/Crestwood NET $1,000

Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NET), trained through the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management will be the first responders in a major disaster. NETs can only succeed by fostering a sense of community. To thrive, they must engage the public at large and grow the team. This project will reach out to 2,983 homes to bring information on how to prepare for a disaster, host community discussions regarding preparedness, and purchase essential first aid materials for NET cache buckets.

Stephens Creek Crossing Community Garden
Ashcreek/Growing Gardens $2,000

The Stephens Creek Crossing (SCC) Community Garden project is led by residents living at Home Forward's affordable housing site. For the past two years Growing Gardens has worked with residents to design and construct family plots, a demonstration plot, a children's garden, greenhouse and outdoor classroom. This year the goal is to hire a resident gardener to provide program direction, outreach, event coordination, teen mentorship, and on-the-ground support for up to 30 low-income families learning to grow, prepare and preserve fresh food.

Tryon Creek Watershed Wide Restoration Event:
Tryon Creek Watershed Council $1,525.15

The Watershed Wide Restoration Event is a community-building event centered on watershed stewardship. Through the bringing together of diverse partners, participants will be encouraged to interact with the larger community in Southwest neighborhoods in hands-on restoration work (removing invasive weeds and planting native trees and shrubs) at approximately eight sites.

Restoration SW 25thAve Right-of-Way
Home Forward Community Partnerships $600

Grant funds will be used to purchase native plants, permits, and materials to help new plants become established, as well as work party refreshments. This is an ongoing effort involving more than 80 volunteers working to build a safer route for pedestrians along an established trail for children walking from Stephens Creek Crossing (at 26th Avenue and Vermont) to and from school, as well as adults walking to bus stops, the Mittelman Jewish Community Center and the Orthodox Jewish synagogues.

SBNET Outreach Grant
South Burlingame Neighborhood Emergency Team (SBNET) $150

The outreach purpose of this grant is to improve SBNET outreach materials to establishments within the South Burlingame Neighborhood Association boundaries to build relationships and partnerships to maximize safety and resilience for everyone: businesses, students, and residents. In addition the SBNET hopes to raise additional funds to purchase 5 radios for emergency communications after a disaster.

2017 Neighborhood Small Grants

  • 2017 Grants must be completed by January 15, 2018 
  • 2017 Final Reports are due January 31, 2018
  • 2017 Final Grant Report template
  • Questions: Please contact SWNI Executive Director Sylvia Bogert 503-823-4592

 

 


Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. awarded $11,287
in Neighborhood Small Grants to nine community projects in 2016

 

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) received 14 proposals totaling $17,664.84 in grant requests from neighborhood associations and community groups. SWNI was given $10,676 by the Office of Neighborhood Involvement to distribute as 2016 Neighborhood Small Grants. In addition, SWNI had $611 in unused 2015 grant dollars so a total of $11,287 was available for 2016 projects. Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. looks forward to working with the following organizations that share our goal of building livable, equitable, and sustainable neighborhoods and communities.

Native American Beading Class: $600
South Portland Neighborhood Association
Project Coordinator Laura Campos will organize and promote a class that will teach the technical aspects of Native American beading and provide a tangible experience of doing crafts within a native society. Native American beading functions in native society in celebrations, traditional ceremonies and trade. While the participant is shown how to bead, they will listen to stories on the uses of beading, including protocol and manners.

Improving Tech Equity in SW School Families: $940
SWNI Schools Committee
This project will work toward closing the digital divide by leveraging neighborhood and school resources to improve the use of technology by families of students in our schools who need additional identified resources.

Bringing Collins View Neighbors Together to Restore Native Conifer Canopy: $1,428
Collins View Neighborhood Association
This project reaches out to neighbors to educate, encourage and organize them to plant more native conifers creating more community cohesiveness, greater interconnectivity with the surrounding natural areas and a better quality of life. The project hopes to involve new neighbors, which include young singles and families, LGBT households, and greater ethnic and racial diversity.

Empowering Seniors to Thrive in their Homes in SW Portland: $1,229
SW Portland/River West Village
The proposed project has two primary goals: 1) identify and include in our community a larger cross-section of seniors living in SW Portland, especially those who are disadvantaged by virtue of physical limitations related to age or income, and 2) increase the visibility of River West Village in SW Portland among business associations, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve seniors and the general public.

Jackson MS SUN Community School Activity Bus: $2,000
Neighborhood House, Inc.
The Jackson Middle School SUN program offers academic, extracurricular and social support services on campus for the most vulnerable student populations and their families. Funding for the after-school bus service, ensuring that transportation is not a barrier for SUN access and participation

Tryon Creek Watershed Wide Restoration Event: $2,000
Tryon Creek Watershed Council
The Watershed Wide Restoration Event is a community-building event centered on watershed stewardship. Through the bringing together of diverse partners, participants will be encouraged to interact with the larger community in Southwest neighborhoods in hands-on restoration work (removing invasive weeds and planting native trees and shrubs) at approximately eight sites.

RGMS SUN MakerSpace Start-Up: $530
Hillsdale/Robert Gray Middle School & SUN
The RGMA SUN MakerSpace will increase the number and diversity of people involved in this community and neighborhood, a major focus of SUN Community School. “A makerspace is a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build. Makerspaces provide tools and space in a community environment. Expert advisors may be available some of the time, but often novices get help from other users. The makerspace is often associated with fields such as engineering, computer science, and graphic design. The concept emerges from technology-driven 'maker-culture,' associated with Make magazine and the Make Faires it promotes." (Educause 2013)

South Burlingame NET Cache Box Items for Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness: $1,416
South Burlingame Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Emergency Team (SBNA NET)
The SBNA NET will conduct an outreach plan to establish relationships with local churches, schools, the fire station, community center, and businesses within SBNA borders. These relationships will be actively developed and maintained so that emergency cooperation and protocols can be created. Specified supplies to fill the medical SBNA NET cache box will also be purchased so the team can stand ready to aid residents in the fragile period of time before professional city emergency responders can respond during a disaster or emergency.

Arnold Creek NET Community Engagement $1,144
Arnold Creek Neighborhood Association (ACNA)

The goals of this project are two-fold: 1) increase awareness of and participation in the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) Program, specifically in the Arnold Creek Neighborhood and 2) raise general awareness regarding disaster preparedness and developing community resiliency.

Neighborhood Small Grants are made possible by the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement