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

September 23, 2015

The Portland Development Commission will fund up to $1,075,000 through its Community Livability Grant program for projects proposed by community-based organizations to foster vibrant and healthy neighborhoods and improve the prosperity of area residents and businesses. Applications open Wednesday, September 23 and are due by Friday, November 13 at 5:00 p.m.

Funding is available for projects located within the Gateway Regional Center, Interstate Corridor, Lents Town Center, or Central Eastside urban renewal areas, or the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood.

Grants will be awarded through a competitive process for property improvements that add, expand, or upgrade physical space that benefits the broader community. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, neighborhood and business associations, and neighborhood groups.

Priority will be given to projects that benefit communities of color or people with low incomes and that promote widely shared prosperity. Such projects would, for example, support wealth creation opportunities for small business owners, improve access to jobs and workforce development services, honor and enhance the neighborhood’s cultural diversity and history, or deliver a community asset tailored to the community’s expressed priorities and opportunities.

PDC first introduced the CLG program in 2006. Since then, PDC has awarded $3.67 million in grants to more than 50 projects, including the Portland Mercado, Earl Boyles Early Learning Neighborhood Center, Arbor Lodge Urban Farm, SE Works, Bless Field at New Columbia, Harper’s Playground, Community Warehouse, and Albina Green.

For more information about the program, contact Susan Kuhn, senior program manager at PDC, 503-823-3406