Community Enhancement Grants

  • The grant applications period is open Oct. 1-Nov. 30. This program supports projects that improve the quality of life for the Gresham community.

    Community Enhancement Grant Instructions
    Community Enhancement Grant Application

    Grants are available to:

    • Nonprofit and charitable organizations
    • Neighborhood associations
    • Schools and institutions of higher learning
    • Faith-based groups
    • Local government advisory committees, departments and special districts

    The Community Enhancement Advisory Committee allocates the grants.

    Eligible activities

    Can include, but is not limited to:

    • A new youth festival
    • Park programs and events
    • Senior programs
    • Youth programs
    • 5K community run
    • Job skills/work opportunities for the unemployed/homeless
    • Safety, cleanliness or appearance enhancements
    • Preserving wildlife and recreational areas for public enjoyment
    • Heritage and preservation of Gresham’s history

    Mail, deliver, or email grant applications

    City of Gresham
    Attention: Joe Walsh
    1333 NW Eastman Parkway
    Gresham, OR 97030


    • Grant applications due by 5:00 pm Friday, Nov. 30.
    • Grants will be announced by Jan. 31, 2019.
    • First day grant funding can be used: June 1, 2019.
    • Last day grant funding can be used: July 1, 2020.

    Grants background

    Gresham’s Community Enhancement Program was established in 2017 after the longtime waste collection site on Northwest Birdsdale became a solid waste franchise of Metro.

    Metro distributes to the City a $1 per ton fee for all solid waste collected at the station, which is then dispersed to community organizations in the form of enhancement grants.

    Metro’s community enhancement grants improve economic opportunities, neighborhood livability, public safety and more in areas with a garbage transfer facility.


    Questions? Joe Walsh, Senior Manager, Office of Governance and Management, 503-618-2372.

    Community Enhancement Advisory Committee