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City awards grants to improve community quality of life

February 6, 2020

The City of Gresham allocated a total of $43,340 in grants to nine community organizations for an array of diverse projects ranging from youth dance programs to mobile gardens to community gatherings. These grants are funded by a portion of Metro’s solid waste tipping fees generated at transfer facilities within Gresham. The Metro Regional Government disperses the dedicated funding to cities, which award the grants through a local advisory committee comprised of residents and elected officials.

Funding was awarded to the following organizations and projects

  • $7,500 to Gresham Ebetsu Sister City Association for internet hardware upgrades at Main City Park
  • $6,840 to Latino Network to provide scholarships for youth in their “Ballet Folkorico Corzazones Alegres” dance program.
  • $6,000 to Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon for their Second Home program connecting homeless youth with stable housing.
  • $5,500 to Beyond Black for phase II of their Community Mobile Garden Box Project for youth and families.
  • $5,000 to West Gresham Parent Teacher Club for a West Gresham Elementary “Remembrance Book” and event celebrating 97 years of history.
  • $4,000 to Gresham United Methodist Ministries for a community mural at the Rockwood Center.
  • $3,500 to Sandy River Watershed Council for an Earth Day service-learning cleanup project along Beaver Creek in partnership with Mt. Hood Community College.
  • $3,000 to Sam Barlow High School Alumni Association for the “Hit the Barlow Trail 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run.”
  • $2,000 to Meadows Parent Teacher Organization for the Meadows Elementary School Courtyard Garden Project.

The grant cycle is anticipated to open again in fall 2020.

For more information about the grants, visit