Prosper Portland is awarding $1.49 million in Community Livability Grants for fiscal year 2018-19 to 23 projects in five urban renewal areas or neighborhoods -- and at least 8 of those are in East Portland! There are five projects in Lents and three projects in Gateway that will receive funding. You can read more about them here: https://prosperportland.us/prosper-portland-awards-nearly-1-5-million-in-community-livability-grants/
One of the largest projects to be funded in Lents is a partnership between the Lents Neighborhood Association and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to make $30,000-worth of improvements to the Lents Activity Center. The Activity Center currently houses monthly community meetings and events, such as neighborhood association meetings and the Community Clothing Closet. The money will go towards facility improvements, such as upgrading the existing lighting system to energy efficient, long-lasting LED technology and fixing the doors so that the Activity Center can be used even more efficiently by more people.
"We are grateful to be able to bring this money to Lents and hope this success will energize and inspire others here to dream up their own projects and partner with us to make them happen, knowing that funding is possible for work that benefits our community," said Lents Neighborhood Association Chair Sabina Urdes.
Other projects in Lents that have received funding from Prosper Portland: Junior Achievement Exterior Improvement Project ($45,500), Rose CDC's 91st Ave Street Mural ($9,500), White Phoenix Accupuncture's 'Safety, Comfort, and Visibility Project' ($18,143), and Wisdom of Elders 'Workforce Development Initiative' ($30,000).
In Gateway, $15,000 will go toward the creation of a District Asset Map, a district branding project; $200,000 toward Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization's 'Africa House'; and $300,000 toward DePaul Treatment Center's Campaign for Hope & Recovery.
The full list of awards is available on PP's website: