(503) 823-4288 coalition@nwnw.org


Neighbors West-Northwest supports two grant programs: Neighborhood Small Grants and the Northwest Neighborhood Parks & Recreation Fund. View Grants In Action for pictures and videos from funded projects.

NW Neighborhoods Parks & Rec Fund

Northwest Neighborhoods Parks and Recreation Fund (NWNPR)

This is a grant opportunity for NW Portland nonprofit organizations. The Northwest Neighborhoods Parks and Recreation Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation has taken proposals from qualified nonprofit and public organizations for grants to support the construction and renovation of parks and recreation facilities in Northwest Portland. Recent grants for projects have ranged from $3,500 to $75,000. For more information, visit the Oregon Community Foundation website.

2016 NWNPR Request for Proposals (PDF)

Application period is currently closed, please check back in late July for the 2017 application.

Proposals are due by 12:00 midnight, October 1st each year.

Small Grants

Neighborhood Small Grant Program

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) and Neighbors West-Northwest (NWNW) are excited to offer funds from Neighborhood Small Grants Program for projects taking place in 2017. Looking to build community in inner SW & NW Portland? Neighborhood Small Grants might help you! This grant program can bring new and different people together, strengthen your community’s bonds, build your leadership skills, foster new partnerships, and increase your community impact. It provides funds for programs, events, communications, and more! Show us your best idea!

Application Form (PDF) (DOC)

2017 Program Handbook

2017 Program description

Tips & Priorities (PDF)

NWNW prefers to fund multiple projects in order to have the greatest community impact. $11,902 is available for awards. Applications will be evaluated by a volunteer review committee.

We look forward to working with organizations that share our goal of building livable, equitable, and sustainable neighborhoods and communities for all.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Jen, or 503-823-4265 for information about the application, the committee review process, fund eligibility, and unique priorities for the NWNW coalition area. Schedule an in-person grant conference Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or in additional evening hours on October 3rd and 4th (4:00 to 7:30 p.m.). Reserve your appointment today!




Many other organizations provide grants for  neighborhood groups. These are a few of them.

  • Metro – Various grants available
  • Oregon Community Foundation – OCF grants are as varied as our state. Some are awarded through an open grant application process, while others reflect an advised fund donor’s recommendation. But they all have a single goal: improving our community.
  • West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District – Support conservation projects or education efforts about conservation.
  • Regional Arts & Culture Council – Project grants that support cultural and arts programs and services that involve direct community participation.
  • Multnomah County Cultural Coalition – Supports community-based cultural events, programs and activities that are open to the public.
  • Oregon Arts Commission – Supports projects that address a local community problem, issue or need through an arts-based solution.
  • Awesome Portland – Funds creative and community building ideas that make Portland better.
  • Environmental Services: Community Watershed Stewardship Program – Including neighborhood improvements, community gardens, youth leadership, and more!
  • EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – Supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues.
  • The Jackson Foundation – A broad purpose charitable fund that responds to requests deemed most appropriate to “promote the welfare of the public of the City of Portland or the State of Oregon, or both.”
  • Meyer Memorial Trust – Built on a vision of a flourishing and equitable Oregon, Meyer is committed to investing in change at the systemic level to ease inequities and disparities.
  • Gray Family Foundation – Providing grants to Oregon teachers and organizations that get kids learning outside.
  • Oregon Humanities – Public Program Grants between $1,000 and $10,000 in support of programs across Oregon that get people together to think and talk about challenging issues and ideas.
  • Project for Public Spaces Heart of the Community is a signature outreach program of Southwest Airlines with a mission to build connections that bring people together and strengthen communities for a more resilient future.