Jan 29, 2013

Watershed Improvement Grants up to $10,000 per project!

The Community Watershed Stewardship Program is pleased to announce that grants of up to $10,000 are available to support projects that improve neighborhoods and communities while also improving the health of our watersheds. Application deadline is March 29, 2013.

Read more to learn about potential projects, how to apply, and upcoming workshops for prospective applicants.
Potential projects
Eligible projects are those that build community and improve watershed health, including:
  • Neighborhood safety, health and livability projects
    • Discourage criminal activity by cleaning up and greening troubled properties
    • Manage pollution and stormwater runoff
    • Solve a drainage problem on your school or church playground or parking lot
    • Add trees, vegetation, and public art
  • Youth leadership and skills development
    • Provide stipends for teens and young adults to work on neighborhood projects
    • Help young people gain work experience in environmental and green jobs fields
  • Community gardens
    • Remove unneeded pavement or turf and create a garden that provides fresh food
    • Add native plant areas to your food garden to attract pollinators
  • Art and education
    • Create art that educates your community about watersheds
    • Organize learning and community service opportunities that improve the urban environment
  • Cleanup and restoration
    • Invasive plant removal
    • Bioswales, rain gardens and naturescaping
    • Natural area cleanup and restoration
How to apply
Community-based organizations, businesses, non-profits, student groups, faith communities, neighborhood associations and other groups are eligible to apply. Projects must be carried out in the City of Portland. Applications are due by Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

Find application materials and information at www.portlandonline.com/bes/stewardship, call  503-823-7917  or email shannon.jamison@portlandoregon.gov.

Workshops for prospective applicants
Four workshops are scheduled to help groups develop their projects and put together competitive applications. Light refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, January 31st
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition Offices
3534 SE Main St, Portland OR 97214

Monday, February 4th
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Multnomah Arts Center
7688 Southwest Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97219

Saturday, February 9th
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
East Portland Community Center
740 SE 106th Avenue Portland, OR 97216

Wednesday, February 13th
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Kenton Library
8226 N Denver Avenue Portland, OR 97217

If you are interested in learning more about the application process but are unable to attend a grant workshop, please contact Grant Coordinator Shannon Jamison at  503-823-7917  or email shannon.jamison@portlandoregon.gov

Thank you,

Shannon Jamison

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