Contact: Shawn Uhlman, PDC, 503-823-7994

February 21, 2012

The Portland Development Commission will have funds available in fiscal year 2012-13 for community livability projects in both the Lents Town Center and Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Areas. PDC’s Community Livability Grant Program began in the Interstate Corridor URA in 2006, expanded to the Lents Town Center URA in 2010, and has awarded $2.2 million to more than 51 projects that improve livability for residents and enhance the unique natures of the Interstate Corridor and Lents Town Center neighborhoods.

The grants support a wide variety of community benefits: historic preservation, open spaces and gardens, community and cultural centers, social services, job training, and the growth of local businesses. While the work is not always readily apparent, these critical investments support each organization’s ability to serve the community.

Up to $300,000 in Community Livability grants will be awarded in each of the two URAs, subject to FY 12-13 budget approval by the PDC Board. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, neighborhood and business district associations and neighborhood groups.

All interested applicants are required to attend a mandatory workshop to learn more about project eligibility, completing the application, and the evaluation and selection process. For Interstate, the workshop will be Tuesday, March 6 at the June Key Delta Community Center, 5940 North Albina St., 11 am-12:30 pm or 5:00-6:30 pm; for Lents Town Center, the workshop will be Wednesday, March 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SE Works, 7916 SE Foster Road.

Details about the grant program, highlights of recent projects and a downloadable application are available at For more information contact Susan Kuhn at; 503-823-3406.