Monday, October 25, 2010

Portland's Neighborhood Small Grants Program Deadline is nearing!!

There's only one week left to get your applications in;

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement(ONI) and Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods(NECN) are excited to present the fifth year of the City of Portland’s Neighborhood Small Grants Program. The program invites SGNA to team with community-based organizations in the Gulch to apply for grants that range from $250 to $2500 and are meant to provide Sullivan's Gulch and community non-profits within the Gulch an opportunity to build community, attract new and diverse members and sustain those folks already involved. Grants will be awarded through a competitive process. Applications will be reviewed by a community-based grant making committee made up of neighborhood and community-based organizational representatives.

Typical types of grant winning community-building projects are;
Communications: designing new websites, email lists and forums, newsletter mailing to all households.
Outreach mobilizations: door-to-door canvassing, A-frame signs, to build membership and outreach to neighbors and businesses.
Targeted outreach strategies to build ties with people traditionally not involved including low-income families, people of color, young adults, immigrants, and people with disabilities.
Projects that build relationships between neighborhoods and local organizations such as schools, PTA’s, churches, non-profits, and businesses.
Providing language translation and interpretation, childcare, or other efforts to make neighborhood activities more accessible.
Community-building activities: street tree plantings, neighborhood clean-ups.
Crime prevention activities: National Night Out, foot patrols, and block watches.
Community design/build projects such as planning for playgrounds, intersection repairs, and community gardens.
Neighborhood or culturally specific fairs and/or festivals.
Special one-time events and projects such as publishing community story books, block parties and neighborhood forums.

In the first three years of the Neighborhood Small Grants Program, $553,847 was awarded to 271 Portland neighborhood projects. The average grant award was $1,972. 127 general neighborhood projects were funded along with 102 projects initiated by underrepresented organizations representing people of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income families, youth, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bi, transgendered people.

Proposals must be received by:
6 PM, Wednesday, November 3rd , 2010

For More Information and how to apply contact
your NECN grants manager;
Imani Muhammad
Community Initiatives Coordinator
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
4815 NE 7th Avenue, Suite #131
Portland, OR 97211
P: 503-823-4264

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

SGNA Fall General Meeting TONIGHT!!

It's finally here folks. The SGNA Fall General Meeting is tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the large first floor conference room of Holladay Park Plaza(NE 16th & NE Multnomah). Come by for a cup of coffee and a crumpet and meet your neighbors from all corners of the Gulch. See you there.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

SGNA Fall General Meeting next Tuesday, Oct. 12

Calling all residents of Sullivan'sGulch! Join us at the SGNA Fall General Meeting next Tuesday, October 12th at Holladay Park Plaza(on the corner of NE 16th & NE Multnomah). We'll be discussing parking by permit in the Gulch, SGNA committees and the City's future plans for inner NE PDX including Sully's. Guest speaker Karl Lisle from the city planning office will join us for that last topic. Plus we'll be electing new members to the SGNA Board of Directors. If you have a desire to serve your neighborhood association this is definitely the meeting to attend. 7:00 p.m. in the large first floor meeting room. Come one, come all. Hope to see you there!