GovNews: Idea! Neighborhood Improvement Grants

ARTICLE | Mar 12, 2019
Lake Oswego, OR

Project Ideas Neighborhood Enhancement Program Grants

Do you have an idea for a project that would improve quality of life in your neighborhood?  The City of Lake Oswego Neighborhood Enhancement Program supports neighborhoods by providing grants for projects that provide a community benefit. 

The 2019-20 Grant Cycle is Now Open! To learn more about the Neighborhood Enhancement Program.

Applicants must demonstrate that their project meets the grant criteria outlined above, with the goal of providing a benefit to the community. Within these parameters, the City welcomes creative project ideas that will implement neighborhood and community goals, build community pride, leverage volunteer efforts, and create partnerships.

Groups that are interested in applying for a grant are required to review their project with the grant program coordinator prior to application submittal, and are strongly encouraged to contact the coordinator early in the process to discuss initial ideas.

Following is a list of project ideas that have been implemented in past years and/or support the community benefit criteria. Applicants are not limited to these projects, but are encouraged to review the list for inspiration.

  • Small Capital Projects, such as playground improvements, park kiosks, outdoor benches, and similar projects that are not part of the City’s Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Public Art, such as purchase/installation of a sculpture for a prominent location in a neighborhood, as part of the City’s permanent art collection.
  • Wooden Neighborhood Signs, up to two per neighborhood, to strengthen neighborhood identity.
  • Emergency Preparedness, such as creating a neighborhood directory, or training neighborhood block representatives in emergency response. Emergency preparedness projects should generally be designed for neighborhood or community-wide benefit, and supplies should be located in a publicly-accessible area rather than individual households. Some individual items may be considered if paired with training or as an event tie-in.
  • Neighborhood Sustainability such as holding a recycling event for electronics, furniture, appliances, oversized plastic, etc.; or creating a community tool library.
  • Community Building projects such as events to build relationships, get more people involved in the neighborhood, help build partnerships between neighborhood organizations, or help underserved populations.
  • Invasive Plant Removal and New Plantings, that have a public benefit, such as removing invasive species from public lands, planting native plants, or planting new street trees, may be eligible. Note that the removal of invasive species on privately-owned land requires ongoing work over the course of several years, and is not feasible within the one-year timeframe of the Neighborhood Enhancement Program grant cycle.

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