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Community Placemaking grants


Start Date: 08/03/2020

End Date: 09/28/2020

Now accepting applications for Metro’s Community Placemaking grants

Metro will accept applications for the 2021 Community Placemaking grant cycle between August 3 and September 28 at noon. Up to $193,000 is available for the 2021 cycle, to support in arts-based, community-driven, equity-focused efforts that strengthen people’s connections to each other and places they care about. Grants can range from $5,000 to $25,000 and no matching funds are required.

Get started by reading the 2021 application handbook. It contains useful information about the program and its objectives, which are important in making for competitive proposals. The application questions begin on page 8 and the new guidelines for video responses begins on page 9.

Important dates
August 3 Applications open
September 28 noon Applications due
Early January Awards announced
March 2021 Grant-funded activities may begin
June 2022 Activities should be complete

Upcoming information sessions
During these hour-long, optional sessions, we will talk about the kinds of proposals this grant program supports and walk through the application handbook together. There will be time for questions throughout. If you’re unable to attend you can watch the recorded sessions, which will be available on the program’s webpage. Staff is does not play a role in decision-making and is available to help you. Contact Dana Lucero at dana.lucero@oregonmetrto.gov.

Wednesday, August 19, 6 to 7 p.m. - Zoom webinar link
Webinar ID: 886 4599 9972 | passcode: 704364
888-475-4499 (Toll Free)

Tuesday, August 25, noon to 1 p.m. - Zoom webinar link
Webinar ID: 865 6506 8234 |passcode: 870556
888-475-4499 (Toll Free)

Wednesday, September 9, 6 to 7 p.m. - Zoom webinar link
Webinar ID: 819 1596 8474 | passcode: 501130
888-475-4499 (Toll Free)

Elements of a strong application
The Community Placemaking program has four objectives. Strong proposals will align with all of these.
Placemaking: People’s connections to each other and to places they care about are strengthened.
Equity: People of color and members of historically marginalized communities have power and resources to influence their neighborhoods and communities.
Partnerships: People’s efforts are maximized because they work in partnership with each other and with Metro.
Leadership: People participate in projects and decisions that affect them.

Evaluating the applications
An advisory group of community members who work at the intersection of arts and social justice in the Portland region reviews the applications and makes a funding recommendation to Metro. They will evaluate the applications using the following questions.
• How impactful do you think this project will be?
• How strong are the equity and inclusion components of the proposal?
• How feasible is the project to implement?
• How well does it meet the objectives of the Community Placemaking program?

Metro staff is here to help. Contact grant manager, Dana Lucero at dana.lucero@oregonmetro.gov.