Community Grants


Each year, NECN awards grant monies to projects based in the inner N/NE neighborhoods. 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.
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.

Awards are selected based on projects’ potential to:

  1. Involve and benefit a diverse, broad group of people;
  2. Build leadership, identity, skills, relationships and partnerships – especially with and among historically underrepresented populations; and
  3. Increase community capacity to influence public decisions and shape the future of Inner N/NE Portland.

2016 Community Grant Recipients

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For 2016, six grants of $1,800 – $2,000 each were awarded to collaborative, community-based projects in the Coalition’s 12 Inner N/NE Portland neighborhoods. Grantees represent a diverse groups of participants, with projects that will create new partnerships and advance the leadership of historically underrepresented groups:

  • Boise Bulletin: Collaborates with students from Boise-Eliot school, local artists and educators to create a community newspaper, featuring profiles on minority-owned businesses, combating racism, healthy food access, and greenspaces. Take a glimpse of what the Boise Bulletin program will be like by reading about the Jade Journal.
  • Know Your Rights Clinic: Provides 12 free, monthly workshops for families of students attending inner North/Northeast Schools. Topics include: civil rights, special education, school police profiling, school referrals, testing, and restorative justice.
  • St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church & Matinee Dance and Intermissions: Provides free, weekly dance programming for low-income youth, life skills training and mentoring, and recruitment of elders in the community to co-facilitate youth group workshops.
  • Maverick Mainstage:  Addresses youth violence and guns as performing arts company for undeserved youth. The innovative program allows youth to play integral roles in selecting topics, providing input, and performing. Partners with the City of Portland’s Office of Youth Violence Prevention.
  • Sistah Circle for Liberation and Reproductive Justice: Increases number of midwives, doulas and healers of color, in order to reduce infant and maternal mortality. The program will also target the immigrant and LGBT communities. Created by the Int’l. Center for Traditional Childbearing.
  • Woodlawn Farmer’s Market: Diversity and Community Building Project promotes resiliency around healthy food, start up farms and local businesses, direct farmer-customer relationships, and equitable access to fresh, local food. Visit their Facebook for vendor updates.


Questions about NECN’s grant program? Want to discuss an idea for a project?

Check out past projects that have been funded by NECN.

Contact Fran Ayaribil:, 503.388.9188 or head to our Commonly Asked Questions page for some answers and more information.