Local Funds

Local Grant Funds


NPNS Funds Community Projects


As part of the North Portland Neighborhood Services Grant (NPNSG) program, NPNS administers funds distributed to community projects. Projects awarded NPNSG funding are selected by a panel of residents. Two sources have made these community grants possible. In the early 1990s, the North Portland Trust Fund was established from a fund collected annually from Portland International Raceway events that have been granted a City noise variance. From 2006 through 2013, the City of Portland allocated additional funding for the NPNS district from the City’s general fund.

NPNSG Typical Award Amounts

Grant awards have historically ranged from $500-$3500. The total fund available annually has historically ranged from $10,000 to $40,000 and is dependent on the annual allocations made available from the City of Portland General Fund and the North Portland Trust fund.

NPNSG Timeline

Funds for 2015 will depend on City Council allocation of funding decisions to be made as part of the City of Portland budget. This decision will be made by June 30th. If the City Council allocates funds, grant applications will be available in early fall. An NPNSG workshop will be offered in the fall. The application deadline will be January 31. Awards will announced March 1. Planning/budgeting for prospective grant funded projects and programs should take place prior to October.

NPNSG Eligibility

NPNS recognizes that these small grants do great community good while leveraging many more times the amount in volunteer and in-kind resources. As a result, we do our best to streamline the bureaucracy so that you can spend time doing the project rather than be tied up with requirements. Partnerships are encouraged and projects that partner with and serve underrepresented communities are encouraged. Project eligibility requirements are minimal:

  • Build community in the NPNS district
  • Engage new resident participation or maintain current resident engagement

NPNSG Selection Committee

North Portland Small Grants committee members are selected through a blind screening process for a 3-year term. The Committee carefully reviews all applications and meets to determine funding distribution. New committee members are added in most years as the terms of sitting members expire. Those interested in sitting on the selection committee contact NPNS Director Tom Griffin-Valade.

Past NPNSG Funded Projects

Since 1998 over $400,000 has been granted to fund nearly 300 projects that have leveraged $2.75 million. Click here for the complete list of projects.

NPNSG Application

The NPNSG is anticipated to return in 2015. Applications will be accepted in the fall of 2014.    Click here to see a sample NPNSG application

Forms for Grant Recipients

Reimbursement Invoice Template NPNS Grant Expenses

NPNSG Final Evaluation Report Form

Other Local Funding Sources


North Portland Enhancement Fund

Metro. All NPNS district except Bridgeton, East Columbia, Hayden Island, and Piedmont. This fund is set to sunset in 2018 and will distribute $1.7 million. Application availability is to be announced. More information at www.oregonmetro.gov

Metro Central Enhancement Fund

Metro. Only the Friends of Cathedral Park in the NPNS District are eligible to apply. Applications available early late summer/early fall. Community enhancement. Funds community building projects. More information at www.oregonmetro.gov

Nature in Neighborhoods

Metro. In the NPNS district, this grant applies only to the Friends of Cathedral Park Neighborhood Association. Applications available in early fall. Natural and open space projects. More information at www.oregonmetro.gov

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) SPACE Grants

EMSWCD. All NPNS District neighborhoods are eligible. Rotating monthly application. Conservation education, and community events that promote natural resource conservation. More information at www.emswcd.org

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) PIC Grants

EMSWCD. All NPNS District neighborhoods are eligible. Applications available late summer/early fall. Soil erosion prevention/control, soil health, water quality, water conservation, or watershed health projects. More information at www.emswcd.org

Community Watershed Stewardship Grants & Native Plant Mini-Grants

City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. All NPNS District neighborhoods are eligible. Enhancing watershed health. Applications due late winter. More information at www.portlandonline.com/bes

Venture Portland Bench Mark & Economic Development Grants

Venture Portland. All City of Portland including the NPNS district. Applications available late summer/early fall. Business district funding. More information at www.ventureportland.org

Community Livability Grant

Portland Development Commission. All Interstate Urban Renewal Corridor Area includes selected NPNS district areas. A “bricks and mortar” grant, funding historic preservation, open space, recreation facilities, etc. More information at www.pdc.us

Green Features Grant

Portland Development Commission. All Interstate Urban Renewal Corridor Area includes selected NPNS district areas. Green building incentives for businesses. More information at www.pdc.us

Lester Viles Fund

Lester Viles Fund. For more information, contact NPNS Director Tom Griffin-Valade.
All NPNS district. This foundation distributes funds with a business connection to the community.