Neighborhood Enhancement Program Grants


At its meeting on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, the City Council approved the Grant Committee's recommendation on proposals to be awarded funds for the 2018-19 Grant Cycle.  See Attachment 1.


The 2018-19 Grant Cycle is Closed

About the Neighborhood Enhancement Program

The Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) supports neighborhoods by providing grants for projects or programs that provide a community benefit. 

Grant Criteria

1. Provide a public benefit to the Lake Oswego community. Projects providing neighborhood benefit and applied for by City‐recognized neighborhood associations will receive funding priority over homeowners associations and other groups.

2. Have neighborhood/community support.

3. For physical improvements, be located on public land.

4. Be designed for no or low maintenance (and will be maintained by volunteers).

5. Not fund ongoing or annual expenses of the organization (funds may be used to initiate an ongoing program or fill a temporary funding gap, but should not be used to support ongoing or annual expenses).

6. For emergency preparedness projects, provide shared resources to the neighborhood or community, rather than fund individual preparedness items.

7. For neighborhood parties, picnics and other social events, NEP funding is generally limited to $300.

8. Complete project and incur expenses through June 30, 2019, the end of the grant cycle.  Submit all invoices and/or requests for reimbursement to the City no later than July 12, 2019.  Provide the City with a project report, due by August 30, 2019.

Qualifying projects in neighborhoods that have not previously received a grant may receive priority over neighborhoods that have received past NEP awards. Projects that leverage matching funds or in‐kind contributions may also be prioritized.

Application Deadline

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 1, 2018.

The City’s proposed funding for the Neighborhood Enhancement Program is projected at $60,000 for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Eligible grant recipients are City-recognized neighborhood associations, homeowners associations and Lake Oswego-based community groups with neighborhood association sponsorship. Each neighborhood is eligible for up to $10,000 in grant funds, and may partner with one another to combine grant funds and apply for a larger project.

Project Ideas
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, or streetlights.
  • 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. Contact staff for additional information and resources.
  • 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 rather than providing preparedness supplies to 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.
  • **UPDATED** Invasive Plant Removal and New Plantings, such as removing ivy from trees in the public right‐of‐way, park land, or common HOA dedicated open space, planting native plants, or planting new street trees (see staff for additional materials if proposing street trees) may be eligible. The City has a natural resource specialist who can advise as to whether the project is eligible for the habitat enhancement program, a separate program for work associated with designated natural resource areas, or if a NEP grant might be more appropriate. Please contact Planning for more information. 

If you have any questions about the program or want to start discussing project ideas, please contact Iris McCaleb, Administrative Assistant at 503-697-6591 or e-mail





Bridge-Pathway Project
Evergreen Origami Sculpture
Sterling Heights Bench
Ivy Pull