Small Grants Program

The  EPNO Small Grants Program is closed.

Congratulations to the 2017 Small Grant Awardees! See list of awardees here.

Note - Information for 2016 grantees available here.

Note - Information for 2017 grantees available here.

Application deadline was Tuesday, December 13th, 2016, 5:00pm

Requested funds may range from $500-$3500.

Who Can Apply?
Any group with a community project that takes place within East Portland and involves and benefits East Portlanders. 
Your project must meet at least one of the goals of the grant program. It does not need to meet more than one goal. The goals of the grant program are:
  • Increase the number and diversity of people who are involved and engaged in their communities
  • Strengthen community capacity through, for example, leadership development, skills building, fostering teamwork and/or partnerships, and community building
  • Increase community impact on public decisions
Engagement of communities historically underrepresented in and underserved by our programming - communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, low income individuals and families, youth, people with disabilities, and LGTBQIA+ communities -  is a high priority for our Small Grants Program.  
More information is available in the grant application packet

Questions - Contact Eliza Lindsay, or 503-823-5905.

Grant information session

You are strongly encouraged to attend one of the grant information sessions. The session will help answer questions about the application, the review process, and how the funds can be used. Please call seven days in advance for special needs accommodations, childcare, and/or language interpretation requests at 503-823-5905 or TTY 503-823-6868. The building is mobility device accessible.

Thursday, November 10th, 2016, 10:00am-11:30am


Thursday, November 17th, 2016, 6:00pm-7:30pm

East Portland Neighborhood Office

1017 NE 117th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97220

(between Halsey & Glisan - foot of the water-tower)

TRI-MET: #77, # 71, #25 



One-on-One Assistance

You are encouraged to contact EPNO staff for assistance.  Time permitting, we are happy to assist, from help designing your project to providing input on your draft grant application. If there are aspects of your project that are new for you, for example, getting required permits, contacting potential sponsors or partners, or finding space for your activities, you are especially encouraged to contact us for input and assistance.


Additional support for grant writers

  • Computer and copier available for your use at the East Portland Neighborhood Office..
  • Interpretation services are available, as needed, to facilitate our conversation about your project and application.
  • Translation of application materials available upon request. Note - Ask early, translation may take several weeks.


Types of projects funded in the past

Projects that promote leadership development and collective impact on community-defined issues or public decisions - youth empowerment projects, skill building trainings, cultural and language specific civic engagement workshops, community organizing efforts.

Community building activities - Community story-telling projects, cultural and language specific community building activities, fruit tree harvest parties, community festivals, community gatherings, community conversations.

Community design/build place-making projects - community gardens, planning for playgrounds, murals, intersection repairs.

Projects that build the capacity of the project team and foster collaboration between team members and/or partners in the project.

Some projects we have funded in the past include:

  • Building Russian Speaking Community thru Art (2016)
  • East African Nutrition and Inclusion Project (2016)
  • Karen Literacy Project (2015)
  • Lao Sport Program (2015)
  • Lents Community Tool Library, “DIY Workshops” (2013)
  • New Birth Crew 7 Year Anniversary Jam (2016)
  • Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Community Mural Project (2015)
  • Wisdom Community Gardens (2013)


Sample successful applications from previous years (Note - The 2017 application is slightly different.) 


Read more about our 2015 Awardees.

Read more about our 2016 Awardees.


Download the 2017 EPNO small grant application.

Additional documents you may find helpful


More information is available in the grant application packet

Questions - Contact Eliza Lindsay, or 503-823-5905. /epno-small-grants