Each year, Prosper Portland seeks proposals from community-based organizations for projects that promote healthy, complete, and resilient neighborhoods, and respond to and respect the diversity of its residents. Projects must be located within:
Funds are available through the Community Livability Grant Program for permanent, real property improvements. Projects must add, expand, or improve physical space.
Priority will be given to projects that benefit historically underserved populations (e.g., communities of color or people with low income) and that promote widely shared prosperity. Such projects would, for example:
Improve access to jobs and workforce development services.
Support wealth creation opportunities for small business owners.
Honor and enhance the neighborhood’s cultural diversity and history.
Deliver a community asset tailored to the community’s expressed priorities and opportunities.
In fiscal year 2019-2020, the following funds will be available:
Central Eastside TIF District
Gateway Regional Center TIF District
Interstate Corridor TIF District
Lents Town Center TIF District
Old Town / Chinatown Neighborhood
Applications for the 19/20 CLG Grant were due Friday, January 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Each TIF district has an evaluation committee made up of volunteers who represent community organizations, neighborhood and business associations, and non-profit organizations as well as individual business owners and Prosper Portland staff. Evaluation committees also typically include a representative from a past CLG recipient organization.
What if an Evaluation Committee member has a conflict of interest?Anne Mangan2020-04-23T15:41:26-07:00
There is no minimum. Non-profits must be registered with the state as a DNP (Domestic Non-Profit), complete a W-9 and be in compliance with 501c3 status at the time funds are encumbered in a grant agreement.
Are letters of support required?Anne Mangan2020-04-23T15:43:52-07:00
The evaluation committee reviews applications and makes award recommendations. Prosper Portland’s Executive Director uses the committee recommendations in making the final decision on allocations of grant funds.
All grants are contingent on compliance with program guidelines. If a recipient cannot meet the guidelines in a timely manner, the award is rescinded, and the funds placed are back in the CLG budget for future funding years. There is no alternate list.
Selection is based on each project proposal’s alignment with the priorities of the CLG program, which are projects that improve access to jobs and workforce development services; support wealth creation opportunities for small business owners; honor and enhance the neighborhood’s cultural diversity and history; deliver a community asset tailored to the community’s expressed priorities and opportunities; and advance goals of area-specific action plans.
Is a grant recipient required to have a lease prior to applying for or being awarded a grant?Anne Mangan2020-04-23T15:45:17-07:00
No. The applicant may apply and be awarded a grant without having a lease agreement. Funds are set aside once the grant recipients are selected and confirmed. However, before a grant agreement is executed, recipient must submit a lease agreement with a minimum 3-year term.
Can I apply for a CLG to operate my non-profit?Anne Mangan2020-04-23T15:45:53-07:00
No. CLG funds may not be used for lease or rent or any other operating expenses. Grants only fund permanent real property improvements that add, expand, or improve physical space. These TIF resources are restricted under state law (ORS 457.170) from generally being spent on anything other than land, property acquisition and real property rehabilitation related to urban redevelopment.
Are there specific projects that are ineligible for a grant?Anne Mangan2020-04-23T15:47:59-07:00
Once the evaluation committee makes award recommendations and the Executive Director determines allocations, Prosper Portland sets funds aside while recipient provides additional documentation, such as business license, project budget, lease agreements, contractor bids and confirmation that property taxes are current. While Prosper Portland does announce grant award recipients publicly, the disbursement of funds is contingent on the execution of final grant agreements and compliance with grant requirements.
What if a grant recipient is unable to meet grant requirements?Anne Mangan2020-04-23T15:47:16-07:00
Selected recipients receive an award letter listing items required in order to fund a grant, including state 501(c) status, City of Portland business license, current status of property taxes, project plans, construction bids and permits. Grant Agreements are based on construction bids submitted by the grant recipient and approved by Prosper Portland. Funds may only be used for permanent real property improvements that add, expand or improve physical space. Work performed prior to a fully executed grant agreement is not eligible. To access funds, recipient must provide an invoice from the contractor, proof of payment and a signed Disbursement Form. Funds are disbursed either as a reimbursement to the recipient (with proof of payment) or directly to the contractor.
Is there a timeline that Prosper Portland must follow to open/ close the grant application process and award grants?Anne Mangan2020-04-23T15:49:15-07:00
The CLG program is opened annually with an announcement of available funds in each district. The announcement specifies the program focus, selection criteria, evaluation process and timeline for implementation. Program announcement and timeline is at the discretion of Prosper Portland staff.
Do applicants receive the full amount they request?Anne Mangan2020-04-23T15:36:22-07:00
Grants are awarded through a competitive process. Projects may be funded in full, in part or not at all; can vary in size; and typically range from $10,000 to $50,000. The total maximum grant award is $300,000. Organizations previously awarded a total of $300,000 (singular or combination) have reached the maximum total grant.
Making a Difference in Neighborhoods Across the City
Learn about organizations that have used CLG to help fund their projects:
Prosper Portland awarded $1.25 million in Community Livability Grants for fiscal year 2019-20 to 24 projects in five urban renewal areas or neighborhoods, leveraging $6.6 million in private investment. Eleven projects in Interstate, five projects in Old Town/Chinatown, three in Lents, three in Gateway, and two in Central Eastside will receive funding:
Central Eastside Industrial Council
Viaduct Arts Belmont Building Mural
ADA accessibility and expanded space
Community Services (PACS)
Install fence surrounding thrift store and food pantry parking lot to improve safety
Gateway Regional Center
Office building ADA updates
Gateway Regional Center
Complete the service center/ office in a community-based social services center
Gateway Regional Center
Renovate state-of-the-art audio, technology engineering, and computer skills as a Community Technology Lab
Blazers Boys & Girls Club
Health (Garlington Center)
Renovate 2,400 sq foot vacant outdoor area to develop a community garden and children’s play area.
Preschool expansion/Community Help
Friends of the Children
Gym renovation to ensure safety and improve insulation and energy efficiency.
Life Change Church
Pedestrian safety + mural improvement
Improvement to four existing structures and the grounds
New Hope MBC
Facility upgrade to better support the arts and community engagement.
POIC & RAHA
Installation of security cameras and automated identification security system
Interior/exterior improvements and wheelchair accessible front door
Upgrades to electrical, plumbing, ADA accessibility and fire/life and safety
Lents Town Center
Portland Mercado: Expansion/repave parking lot, build permanent canopy for outdoor seating, replace ADA accessible door at the entrance
Lents Town Center
Portland Chinese CMAC
Improvements to enlarge and improve capacity of language school, youth activity spaces, job skills training and childcare center.
Lents Town Center
Repair and refurbish ornamental roof parapet
p:ear Coffee Works
Exterior improvements include awning, a roll-top service door, energy efficient windows, lighting upgrades, replace oxide paneling.
Portland Saturday Market
Skidmore MAX station sign restoration
Renovate theater space to transform into thriving inclusive hub for performance and education
Interior improvements for workforce development training facility
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