Nature in Neighborhoods deadline: January 14th

Funding for Metro's Nature in Neighborhoods grants has more than doubled thanks to voter approval of Metro's 5-year local option levy. The levy includes $3.7 million for community partnerships that:
• connect people to their watershed
• preserve and restore local fish and wildlife habitat
• support larger conservation initiatives
• support nature education for school-aged children
• improve the ability of all communities to experience and connect with nature
• implement the Regional Trails Plan.

Who is eligible:
Individuals, citizen groups, businesses, neighborhoods, nonprofits, schools and school groups, government agencies, faith groups and service groups with
nonprofit or other tax-exempt status may apply. Grants may only be awarded to projects and programs that benefit Metro-area residents.

Grant Cycle:
The duration of all grants is 2 to 3 years.

Education grants:
• Pre-application materials due January 14, 2014.
• Small grants up to $25,000; large grants up to$100,000.
• Approximately $700,000 available in 2014 and 2015; $200,000 available in 2016.

Restoration grants:
Pre-application materials due spring 2014.

Trail grants:
Letters of interest due in 2015.

Contact:
Heather Nelson Kent, Grants Program Manager heather.kent@oregonmetro.gov or 503-797-1739
Crista Gardner, Grants Coordinator crista.gardner@oregonmetro.gov or 503-797-1627

For more information about grant opportunities at Metro, visit oregonmetro.gov/grants