September 09, 2010

The Portland Development Commission (PDC) has announced the intent to award $250,000 in Community Livability Grant funds to projects in the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal Area (LTCURA) for fiscal year 2010-2011.

PDC received six requests for project funds after the notification of available funds went out to interested parties in early May. The evaluation committee, composed of members of the LTC Urban Renewal Advisory Committee (URAC) and staff from PDC, selected five projects to receive full or partial funding, in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. Projects receiving funding this year include a community center, urban farm, workforce development center, alternative high school, and a grass roots neighborhood coalition. To view a detailed list of the 2010-11 recipients, visit:

The Community Livability Grant Program, administered by PDC, annually awards funding for projects that involve physical improvements to community facilities, open spaces, or historic/cultural preservation. The PDC program, which started in the Interstate Corridor URA in 2006, has allocated funds in the Lents URA for the first time, to invest in facilities and other assets of Outer Southeast neighborhoods that improve livability for residents and enhance the unique nature of these Portland neighborhoods.

Since 2006, PDC has awarded more than $1.1 million to 24 projects to enhance community livability; an investment that has leveraged more than $940,000 in other funds and volunteer labor. Grant awards have ranged from $3,500 to more than $100,000.