Grants

SWNI Community & Civic Engagement Small Grants Program

Funded by the Office of Community & Civic Life
 

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 Office of Community & Civic Life Bureau Advisory Committee, and the Portland City Council for advocating for and funding this critical resource for community-building in Portland.

 

SWNI Community & Civic Engagement Small Grants Program Workshops

 

Monday, October 29, 2018. MAC room 7
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Thursday, November 8, 2018. MAC room 7
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Monday, December 3, 2018. MAC r00m 7
07:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Multnomah Arts Center (MAC)
7688 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, Or 97219
TriMet Lines: #44 and #45

RSVP: 503-823-4592 or John@swni.org


2019 Grant Documents:


Past recipients of Neighborhood Small Grants

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc
2018 Neighborhood Small Grants

2018 Neighborhood Small Grant Awarded $12,099

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) received 10 proposals totaling $13,913.50 in grant requests from neighborhood and community groups. SWNI was given $11,359 by the Office of Neighborhood Involvement to distribute as 2018 Neighborhood Small Grants. In addition, SWNI had $470 in unused grant dollars from a previous year so a total of $12,099 was available for 2018 projects. SWNI looks forward to working with the following organizations that share our goal of building livable, equitable, and sustainable neighborhoods and communities.

  1. Senior Resources Fair, River West Village– $1,635.50: The purpose of this fair is to provide a forum designed to introduce important information to elders in our community in a manner that service providers and community leaders can interact with and hear comments from those they serve. River West Village will benefit by increasing our visibility to the seniors we wish to serve.
  2. Tech Equity Extensions, SWNI Schools Committee - $900.00:  “Coding” is a major education trend in our digital world. The Tech Equity Extensions program will provide an introduction to computer science by teaching basic coding to students and highlighting the relevance of coding to their daily life and careers. “Coding for Middle School Students” is an 8-week session for students. “Reach Outs” are shorter activities/one-time events targeted to parents and community members.
  3. Maplewood Engagement and Cache for NET, Maplewood Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET)  – $1,990.50: The Maplewood NET will reach out to our five local churches, three schools, assisted living center, fire station, neighbors, and businesses within our boundaries. These relationships will open channels of communication, build community, and encourage emergency preparedness. Medical supplies, sanitation items, and other preparedness items will be purchased so the team will be ready to aid neighbors during the critical period before professional emergency responders can reach the neighborhood after a disaster.
  4. SW Neighbors Talk Climate Change, Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE) and 350 PDX SW Team - $803.00: SW Neighbors Talk Climate Change will host an event for Wilson High students and southwest community members to help youth develop skills to become climate activists and to raise awareness and inspire community engagement in southwest Portland around the issue of climate change.
  5. Tryon Creek State of the Watershed Event, Tryon Creek Watershed Council -$1,403.00: The Tryon Creek Watershed Council seeks funding for the eighth annual State of the Watershed Event, an evening education and outreach program on sharing current Tryon Creek watershed science and data, highlighting projects through the watershed, and sharing volunteer appreciation.
  6. Arabic Lessons for Building Bridges, Impact NW (on behalf of Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) – $1,925.00: Jackson SUN School will offer weekly Arabic classes for adults in the community. SUN staff will provide childcare and light refreshments will be served. Class will be a space for learning, community building, and fostering cross-cultural understanding.
  7. SW Seymour Court to Corbett Ave Trail, South Portland Neighborhood Association - $1800.00: Our goal is to build a trail from Seymour court to Corbett Avenue. This trail would create a connection from the Willamette Waterfront and Macadam Avenue to Barbur Boulevard and Homestead and Hillsdale. This area is cut by I-5. The Corbett Avenue Bridge is a rare crossing with a good sidewalk, and this trail would provide better access by pedestrians. This project is a partnership between South Portland Neighborhood Association and SWTrails.
  8. Emergency Preparedness Fair 2018, SWNI Public Safety Committee - $1,002.00: The 2018 Emergency Preparedness Fair will: Educate our entire community with information about disaster preparedness and community resiliency; Support the ten Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) located in southwest Portland by providing a venue for community outreach and cross NET team information sharing; Distribute OK/HELP triage status notification signs and also at 2018 National Night Out events, scheduled for this summer; Provide examples of foods that are easily prepared and stored during crisis.
  9. Resilience Conversations: A Workshop with Laura O. B. Foster, SWNI Equity and Inclusion Committee - $640.00: A workshop will be facilitated by Laura O.B. Foster to define the character of SW neighborhoods and create resiliency in the face of change. By better understanding who we are, we can make stronger arguments for shaping public policy. The workshop will focus on the process of storytelling to help uncover the diversity and unique aspects of our neighborhoods. Foster writes guide books on Portland and the surrounding area.

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc
2017 Neighborhood Small Grants Awarded

2017 Neighborhood Small Grant Awarded $11,483

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.

  1. 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. 
  2. 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).
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Tech Equity: Enrichment OpportunitiesSWNI 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.
  6. A-C NET Community Building thru Cache Bucket OutreachAshcreek/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.
  7. Stephens Creek Crossing Community GardenAshcreek/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.
  8. 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.
  9. Restoration SW 25thAve Right-of-WayHome 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.
  10. SBNET Outreach GrantSouth 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.

Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc
2016 Neighborhood Small Grants Awarded

2016 Neighborhood Small Grant Awarded $11,287

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.

  1. Native American Beading Class: $600South 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.
  2. Improving Tech Equity in SW School Families: $940SWNI 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.
  3. Bringing Collins View Neighbors Together to Restore Native Conifer Canopy: $1,428Collins 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.
  4. Empowering Seniors to Thrive in their Homes in SW Portland: $1,229SW 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.
  5. Jackson MS SUN Community School Activity Bus: $2,000Neighborhood 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
  6. 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.
  7. RGMS SUN MakerSpace Start-Up: $530Hillsdale/Robert Gray Middle School & SUNThe 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)
  8. South Burlingame NET Cache Box Items for Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness: $1,416South 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.
  9. Arnold Creek NET Community Engagement $1,144Arnold 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