The New Year is Bright with Five 
Community Grant Projects in 2015!

This year we received $18, 000 in eligible requests from local groups and had $8, 000 in available funds. We are grateful community groups and their partners will collaborate and engage diverse neighbors in new projects in Central Northeast this year! 

2013 Community Mural Project
Building Community Together.

The Central Northeast Neighbors grant program gives higher priority to efforts that actively involve under-served communities in these key community building areas:
  • Developing leadership and skills.
  • Building community identity.
  • Strengthening relationships and creating new partnerships.

Andando en Bicicletas Bike Fair                 
Community Cycling Center and Hacienda CDC,  Sunday Parkways

This partnership will bring equity in active transportation, encourage grassroots leadership, and build community capacity in Cully. The neighborhood is approximately 21% Latino. The Community Cycling Center partnership will strengthen Andando en Bicicletas diverse leadership to address barriers to active transportation. The goal is for new Latino bike advocates to lead and participate in a Community Bike Fair during the NE Sunday Parkways event in Cully.

Central Northeast Community Kitchen Project
Kitchen Commons and Hollywood Senior Center, Oregon Food Bank, Hacienda CDC, People Places and Things

The Cully Multilingual Cooking Group will engage participants for whom English is a second language in a monthly session of cooking and sharing together. The project will strengthen the Hollywood Accessible Cooking Group which supports adults with developmental disabilities and seniors in and near the Hollywood Neighborhood. Community Kitchen leaders and participants will work together on recipes that support their goals, including healthy eating and fostering skills for independent living.


Community Building--Community Feel Good Fair    

Jason Lee Parent Teacher Association and Madison South Neighborhood Association, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, Dharma Rain Zen Center

The health and wellness fair is a unique community collaboration lead by the Jason Lee Parent Teacher Association. The majority of the students at Jason Lee in Madison South are Asian, Latino and African American and 80% are on free and reduced lunch. The goal is to strengthen community connections between the students and the Madison South neighborhood by bringing families, neighbors and groups together. Fair activities include a scavenger hunt to explore the neighborhood, a community brunch, walk with environmental education and fitness classes.
Madison High School Food Week 2015
Madison High School Library and Urban Farm Collective, The Portland Kitchen, Curriculum of Cuisine, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization  

The event is a catalyst for education and community building around food issues. With over 30 languages spoken in the school, Food Week offers a much needed opportunity to share this richness. Two evening events will convene parents, neighbors and students for a community dinner, film and spring concert. Teachers are encouraged to provide a sustainable food curriculum. The community partnerships will also expose students to careers and community engagement in the Garden Program. 

Boosting Literacy through   Diversity and Multi-Generational Collaboration 

Our42nd Ave. and Rigler School, Gregory Heights Library, 42nd Ave. Business Assoc., Alliance HS, Hollywood Senior Center

This is a collective impact campaign that engages community from diverse backgrounds to volunteer as reading coaches. The key partners Our 42nd Avenue, Rigler school and the Gregory Heights Library will focus on connecting families to needed community resources. With two workshops participants will gain closer access to community leaders and diverse organizations. The main goals are to foster a sense of civic identity and build community capacity. Community benefits include local youth reaching reading benchmarks and feeling more connected to their community.



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Support for the Central Northeast Neighbors Small Grant Program is from the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement