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Community Enhancement Grants

  • 2021-22 grant application deadline: Dec. 15 at 5:00 pm

    This program supports projects that improve the quality of life for the Gresham community.

    Who may apply

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

    Eligible activities

    Can include, but is not limited to:

    • 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

    Eligible projects include those aimed at improving the appearance of a neighborhood, preserving the natural environment, enhancing public safety, providing recreational opportunity or benefiting under-served populations.

    The  Community Enhancement Advisory Committee allocates the grants.

    Grant background information 

  • 2021 Grant Recipients
    • Depave: Building a healing garden and fire pit: $5,000
    • IRCO: Pilot art/recreation programs for Pacific Islander youth: $5,000
    • Good News Community Health Center: Self-care classes for low-income seniors: $5,000
    • East Metro Arts, Culture & Community: Ambassador program at Nadaka Nature Park: $5,000
    • Beyond Black: Garden box project phase 3 multigenerational engagement: $3,750
    • My Father's House: Trash compactor for new jobs program, $3,750
    • Gresham Japanese Garden: Main City Park mural: $3,500
    • Extending Grace: Hispanic community outreach: $3,500
    • TherapyWorks NW: Barn repair for youth equine program: $3,500
    • New Avenues for Youth: Creating safe places for at-risk/homeless youth In Gresham: $3,000
    • Meadows Elementary PTO: Culturally specific books for Meadows Library: $3,000
    • Boxes of Love: Expansion of box program for foster babies at Mt. Hood Medical: $2,500
    • North Gresham Neighborhood Association: Picnic tables and benches for Kirk Park: $2,500
    • Restore Hope: Filled stockings for children in foster care: $1,000

    Total 2021 grant funds awarded: $50,000

    2020 Grant Recipients
    • Beyond Black: community mobile garden box project phase II, $5,500
    • Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon: Second Home program (two students), $ 6,000
    • Meadows Elementary Parent Teacher Organization: school courtyard garden, $2,000
    • Latino Network: Ballet Folklorico Corazones Alegres (22 students), $6,840
    • Sandy River Watershed Council: Mt. Hood Community College Beaver Creek day cleanup, $3,500
    • Gresham United Methodist Ministries: community mural at the Rockwood Center, $4,000
    • Gresham Ebetsu Sister City Association: Main City Park internet, $7,500
    • Sam Barlow High School: 5K trail run/walk and kids fun run, $3,000
    • West Gresham Elementary School Parent Teacher Club: remembrance book, $5,000

    Total 2020 grant funds awarded: $43,340

    Program Background

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

    Metro gives the City $1 per ton for all solid waste collected at the station, which is awarded to community organizations as enhancement grants.

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

  • Contact

    For more information contact Michael Gonzales at or 503-618-2482.