Skip sidebar navigation

Community Enhancement Grants

  • The grant application period for 2021-22 is complete.

    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 information 

  • How to Apply

    Funding for the current grant cycle will be awarded in winter 2021.

    2020 recipients timeline

    • First day grant funding can be used: June 1, 2020.
    • Last day grant funding can be used: July 1, 2021. 
    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

    2019 Grant Recipients

    Gresham-Ebetsu Sister City Association

    Received $7,500 to upgrade the existing Resource Center and to construct a new greenhouse at Main City Park. With these new additions, GESCA will be able to better serve the special needs students who participate in hands-on educational programs at the park’s Tsuru Island Japanese Garden.

    Beyond Black CDC (Community Development Corporation)

    Received $5,000 to improve the appearance, safety and utility of its program space at the Knova Learning Center Campus in Rockwood. Upgrades will include the creation of a youth-led community garden and enhancement of the existing sports fields, parking lot and play area.

    Gresham Senior Center

    Received $3,500 to upgrade and network its outdated computers and training station. These upgrades will allow Gresham senior citizens to access resources and stay connected.

    MetroEast Community Media

    Received $4,000 to produce a series of short video vignettes to showcase the businesses, non-profits, culture and tourism activities available in Gresham. These 60-90 second videos will showcase the beauty and uniqueness of the community to help entice residents and visitors alike to take advantage of Gresham’s many offerings.

    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 Joe Walsh at or 503-618-2372.