Neighborhood Enhancement Program Grants

**Neighborhood Enhancement Program Grant Cycle for 2020-2021 Postponed**

The opening of the 2020-2021 Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) Grant Cycle has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for Planning staff to support the City’s emergency response efforts. We anticipate having the updated Grant Guidelines and online application available sometime this summer.

When the NEP Grant Cycle opens, the criteria will be updated to reflect the shortened cycle and remaining time available to complete approved projects by June 30, 2021. Since the schedule is uncertain at this time, applicants are encouraged to focus on small projects that can reasonably be completed six months from the date of award.

Once a schedule has been determined, we will notify neighborhood association chairs and others who have expressed interest.  This webpage will also be updated when more information is available.

 


About the Neighborhood Enhancement Program

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

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**UPDATES TO THE GRANT CRITERIA WILL BE MADE PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF THE 2020-2021 CYCLE**

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. Identify and provide detail on who will be responsible for completing the work, including the project coordinator(s) and the role of any consultants or vendors.
  4. For physical improvements, be located on public land.
  5. Be designed for either no maintenance or low maintenance if maintained by volunteers.
  6. 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).
  7. For emergency preparedness projects, provide shared resources to the neighborhood or community, rather than fund individual preparedness items.
  8. For neighborhood parties, picnics and other social events, funding is generally limited to $300.
  9. Be completed and expenses incurred through June 30, 2021, the end of the grant cycle. Submit all invoices and/or requests for reimbursement to the City no later than July 9, 2021. Provide the City with a project report, due by August 27, 2021. Include pictures if applicable. We like to brag about our neighborhoods!

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

Not yet known.

Budget

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City’s proposed funding for the Neighborhood Enhancement Program was projected at $60,000 for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Proposed funding has not yet been determined.  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.  The City Council will adopt the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget in June-July.


 **WITH THE SHORTENED GRANT CYCLE, APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO FOCUS ON SMALL PROJECTS**

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, 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.

The 2020-21 NEP Guide and Application is tentatively scheduled to be available in the summer.  An updated Team Captain Supply List will also be available at that time.

For reference purposes, to view the 2019-20 NEP Recommended Team Captain Supply List, click here.

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2019-20 AWARDS AND PROPOSALS

2018-19 AWARDS AND PROPOSALS

2017-18 AWARDS AND PROPOSALS

 

 

Bridge-Pathway Project
Evergreen Origami Sculpture
Sterling Heights Bench
Ivy Pull
Stairs-Hallinan Heights NA
Sidewalk Poetry
Contact Information

Erik Olson, Senior Planner, (503) 697-6524

Iris McCaleb, Administrative Assistant, (503) 697-6591

Email:  neighborhoods@lakeoswego.city