Significant projects include the renovation of Literary Arts’ headquarters in the Central Eastside; safety improvements to DeRose Community Bridge & Holistic Wellness in Gateway; build-out of Portland Youth Builders’ Technology Training Program; and expansion of the Cascade Aids Project in Interstate Corridor.
The agency will award $865,000 in Community Livability Grants for fiscal 2023-24 to 15 projects in four tax increment districts or neighborhoods, leveraging more than $16 million in private investment. Seven projects in Interstate Corridor, six in Central Eastside, and one each in Gateway Regional Center and Lents Town Center will receive funding.
Prosper Portland Executive Director Kimberly Branam said, “Our investment in these community-serving projects demonstrates our commitment to the programs and initiatives of neighborhood districts that are vital to the city’s continued stabilization and growth. We’re so pleased to continue helping community organizations fulfill the aspirations of their neighborhoods and better serve diverse populations throughout the city with this year’s grants.”
The evaluation committees for each area included representatives from community organizations, neighborhood and business associations, and non-profit organizations as well as individual business owners and Prosper Portland staff.
The Community Livability Grant Program gives funding priority to 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.
Since 2006, Prosper Portland has awarded nearly $14 million to 245 community livability projects across multiple neighborhoods and TIF districts.
More information on the program and the full list of 2023-24 recipients is posted here.
Quotes from recipients:
“Portland YouthBuilders is so grateful for Prosper Portland’s support of our young people over many years. Thank you!” – Tom Del Savio, Portland Youth Builders
“The Central Eastside Industrial Council is pleased to be among Prosper Portland’s Community Livability Grant recipients. This funding will allow us to expand our revitalization efforts by commissioning and preserving public art projects that center our District’s vibrant history and diversity. We are grateful for this investment which will positively impact the Central Eastside’s continued stabilization and growth.” – Carolyne Holcomb, Central Eastside Industrial Council