New grants available for Gresham community projects

October 1, 2018

The City’s new Community Enhancement Program is an exciting opportunity for residents to participate in projects that improve quality of life for the Gresham community. Applications are now open and will be accepted through November 30. Eligible activities span a wide variety of possibilities and could include a new youth festival; park programs and events; senior programs; youth science programs; community theater; 5K community run; safety, cleanliness or appearance enhancements; job skills/work opportunities for the unemployed/homeless; public art and more.

“Whatever your great project idea is, it must provide a benefit to Gresham residents,” said Joe Walsh, Senior Manager, Neighborhood Youth and Prosperity.

Eligible applicants for Community Enhancement Grants include nonprofit and charitable organizations, neighborhood associations, schools and institutions of higher learning, faith-based groups, and government advisory committees, departments and special districts. Approximately $20,000 in grant funds is available thanks to a partnership with Metro.

A Community Enhancement Advisory Committee allocates the grants.

Metro’s community enhancement grants improve economic opportunities, neighborhood livability, public safety and more in areas where there is a garbage transfer facility. 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 compensates the City by distributing $1 per ton for all solid waste collected at the station, which is then dispersed to community organizations in the form of enhancement grants.

For complete requirements and the application, visit GreshamOregon.gov/Community-Enhancement-Grants. Or, pick up a hard copy at City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham.