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.

Questions about NECN’s grant program? Want to discuss an idea for a project?
Contact Fran Ayaribil:, 503.388.9188


Oct 1 2015 Update: We’re currently seeking volunteers living or working in inner North and Northeast Portland to serve on our Neighborhood Community Small Grants Evaluation Committee in the Spring of 2016. Interested? Click here for more details.

Small Grants Announcement Update

2015 Community Grant Recipients

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For 2015, six grants of $2,000 each were awarded to collaborative, community-based projects in the Coalition’s 12 Inner N/NE Portland neighborhoods, including:

  • 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. Visit their Facebook for vendor updates.
  • 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.

Awards were 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.

Check out past projects that have been funded by NECN.