Six projects receive NECN Community Grants

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Six community-based projects have received $1,000 grants from the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN), as approved April 7 by NECN’s Executive Board.

NECN’s 2014 Community Grant recipients collect their checks from Fran Ayaribil, NECN Special Projects Coordinator

NECN’s 2014 grantees will improve the quality of life for residents of inner North/Northeast Portland through initiatives that benefit broad groups of participants, create new partnerships and advance the leadership of historically underrepresented groups. The awards go to…

  • Curriculum of Cuisine: A program bringing culinary arts education and nutrition classes to Alliance High School
  • De-Gentrifying Portland: A film workshop for youth of color, and a 3-part series screening historical documentaries about N/NE Portland
  • Dekum Youth Empowerment Initiative: Cooking classes and a pop-up “Zero Waste Café” that will provide high school-age boys nutrition education and experience planning and running a small business
  • Good in the Hood: An annual multicultural food and music festival
  • Juneteenth 2014: The oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in America
  • Summer in September Jambalaya Festival and BBQ: A fundraiser for Meals on Wheels, which provides hot meals to seniors in Northeast Portland

The City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) had previously funded NECN’s grants, along with those awarded by Portland’s six other neighborhood coalitions. Last spring, however, the City Council eliminated the Small Grants program from the 2013-14 budget. The grants recently awarded by NECN are funded by a one-time donation from Neil Kelly Company.

“The grants that NECN has just announced are inspiring, creative examples of what our neighbors can accomplish with even a small award of $1,000,” said Shoshana Cohen, the Coalition’s executive director. “The City’s fiscal situation is on steady footing – now is the time to reinstate funding so that these grants can be awarded across the city again next year.”

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