Six community-based projects received $2,000 for 2015 through NECN’s Community Grants program, as approved on March 17 by NECN’s Board of Directors. The purpose of the grants program is to provide neighborhood and community organizations with the opportunity to improve the quality of life for residents of inner North/Northeast Portland.
NECN’s 2015 grantees represent a diverse groups of participants, with projects that will create new partnerships and advance the leadership of historically underrepresented groups. The awards will go to:
- Know Your Rights Clinic: A Program that will facilitate the creation of a “Know Your Rights” clinic for the families of students in inner North/Northeast Portland.
- Woodlawn Farmer’s Market: A partnership between Woodlawn Neighborhood Assoc., Woodlawn School and Self-Enhancement Inc., to establish a Farmer’s Market in the parking lot of Woodlawn School.
- Helping 500 Boys/Girls at Eight Schools Develop Skills to Improve Behavior and Academic Performance through Learning Chess: A “Chess for Success” program designed to support on-going relationships with 8 schools which are part of the SUN Service System.
- MLK Dream Run: A vision and project of the North/Northeast Business Association, involving the sponsorship of a 5, 10 & 15K USATF sanctioned, running event through the streets of inner North/Northeast Portland.
- Inside/Outside My Head: Hair and Community in Black Portland: A project that proposes to create a cross-disciplinary line of programming by and for members of the African American community in Portland to use Hair Workshops in community building and visioning.
- Vernon Gardens: A collaboration between the Vernon School PTA and various community partners to design and build tables and benches for an outdoor classroom.
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) provides funding for the grants program to the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, along with Portland’s six other Neighborhood Coalitions.