Fiscal Year 19-20
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:
- Gateway Regional Center Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District
- Lents Town Center TIF District
- Interstate Corridor TIF District
- Central Eastside TIF District or
- Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood
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||$100,000|
|Gateway Regional Center TIF District||$200,000|
|Interstate Corridor TIF District||$300,000|
|Lents Town Center TIF District||$200,000|
|Old Town / Chinatown Neighborhood||$300,000|
FY 18-19 Awards
Prosper Portland awarded $1.49 million in Community Livability Grants for fiscal year 2018-19 to 21 projects in five urban renewal areas or neighborhoods, leveraging nearly $30 million in private investment. Seven projects in Interstate, five projects in Lents, four projects in Central Eastside, three in Old Town/Chinatown and two projects in Gateway will receive funding:
|Project||Description||TIF District||Fiscal Year||Award|
|CODA, Inc||Childcare and Acupuncture Room Refurbishment. To update and reconfigure childcare room and acupuncture room.||Central Eastside||2018-2019||$32,000|
|Shaking the Tree Inc.||Painting the Exterior of Shaking the Tree Theatre. Painting the exterior of the warehouse theatre space, 3125 sqft.||Central Eastside||2018-2019||$14,000|
|VOZ Workers' Rights Education Project||Improved Workforce Development Hub for Day Laborers. Closed circuit camera and alarm system with security lighting, renovation of existing garage space into one workforce development classroom and two dispatch stations.||Central Eastside||2018-2019||$46,375|
|YU Contemporary, Inc||Restoration of Historic Windows at the Yale Union Laundry building. Restoration of 14 windows in a 10,000 sqft second floor gallery space.||Central Eastside||2018-2019||$32,000|
|Gateway Area Business Association||Gateway Branding, Economic Development and|
Wayfinding. To support the creation of a District Asset Map, as first step of district branding project.
|Gateway Regional Center||2018-2019||$15,000|
|Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization||Africa House. To support the renovation of the newly acquired building and increase office, work, and community meetings spaces to accommodate existing and expanded services defined as high-need by the African community.||Gateway Regional Center||2018-2019||$200,000|
|DePaul Treatment Centers||DePaul's Campaign for Hope & Recovery. To support the relocation and expansion of the treatment center. Conditional award; must meet CLG program requirement before funds are awarded.||Gateway Regional Center||2018-2019||$300,000|
|Restoration Outreach Community Center (Miracle Revivals)||Restoration Outreach Community Upgrades. Support the remodel of downstairs space to accommodate a shelter and dance studio.||Interstate Corridor||2018-2019||$25,000|
|Community Help Institute for Learning & Development - Sunshine Center Montessori Preschool||Sunshine Bathroom Remodel. Upgrade to commercial spaces and bathrooms to expand the preschool and accommodate more children.||Interstate Corridor||2018-2019||$30,000|
|Vanport Placemarking Project||Vanport Placemarking Project. Design and install permanent markers to bring public awareness of the structural, natural resources, and cultural history of Vanport.||Interstate Corridor||2018-2019||$9,000|
|Our United Villages, DBA Rebuilding Center||Rebuilding Center Roof Replacement & Solarization. Capital improvement funding to preserve and improve our iconic reuse and community hub on North Mississippi||Interstate Corridor||2018-2019||$100,000|
|Q Center||Q Resilience Initiative. Facility improvements to our auditorium and art gallery spaces||Interstate Corridor||2018-2019||$58,000|
|St Joseph's Grand Lodge (Sons of Haiti Lodge)||Preserving African American History. External and interior upgrades to the site: paint, drywall, floors, and windows.||Interstate Corridor||2018-2019||$125,000|
|St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church||St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Building Renovation Project. Funding to support infrastructure improvements||Interstate Corridor||2018-2019||$150,000|
|Emmanuel Church||Market Place Community Impact. To support feasibility study for health and wholeness center - 4 story structure to accommodate: Early childhood education, community and meeting rooms, wealth creation institute, 11,000 sq. living units, Medical wholistic healing and health facilities||Interstate Corridor||2018-2019||$25,000|
|Junior Achievement||Junior Achievement Exterior Improvement Project. Improvements to the parking lot and landscaping.||Lents Town Center||2018-2019||$45,500|
|ROSE CDC||91st Ave Street Mural. Creation of a mural at 91st Ave. in collaboration with Lents Youth Initiative to engage Lents-area youth in community work.||Lents Town Center||2018-2019||$9,500|
|Seventh-Day Adventist Church||Lents Activity Center Facility Improvements. Improvements to an activity center including lighting and doors.||Lents Town Center||2018-2019||$30,000|
|White Phoenix Acupuncture||White Phoenix Safety, Comfort, and Visibility Project. To support the installation of an ADA electronic door operator, low-e window film, painted signage on the building front and windows, update monument sign and install non-toxic carpet in the treatment room.||Lents Town Center||2018-2019||$18,143|
|Wisdom of the Elders||Wisdom Workforce Development Initiative. P rovide the Lents URA with habitat restoration and landscape improvements while helping 15 low-income native Americans adults train for and achieve living-wage work.||Lents Town Center||2018-2019||$30,000|
|Downtown Portland Clean and Safe District||Garbage can optimization in Old Town Chinatown Skidmore District. Replacing 25 concrete round garbage cans as well Big Belly solar trash compactors that have outlived their useful life.||Old Town / Chinatown||2018-2019||$15,903|
|Maybelle Center for Community||Maybelle Center Facility Improvements. Improve existing community room, classrooms, and meeting/works spaces. Increase efficiency and safety of the Assisted Living Center.||Old Town / Chinatown||2018-2019||$100,000|
|Portland Chinatown History Foundation||Portland Chinatown History Museum. Final steps of the transformation of the Kida Company building into the Portland Chinatown Museum; protective roof coating, space renovation, and distinctive signage.||Old Town / Chinatown||2018-2019||$87,000|