Neighborhood Enhancement Program Grants

2021-2022 Grant Proposals

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 (subject to change)

  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, demonstrate coordination with the City’s liaison at PrepLO to ensure that resources are made available to residents through a coordinated community effort.

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

  9. Be completed and expenses incurred through June 30, 2022, the end of the grant cycle. Submit all requests for reimbursement (with itemized legible receipts) to the City no later than July 8, 2022. Provide the City with a project report, due by August 26, 2022. 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.

Be aware that, in order to ensure accountability for public funds granted through the NEP process, grantees are expected to have the organizational capacity (capital or credit) to make their own purchases, follow the grant requirements, and request reimbursement from the City.

Application Timeline

  • March 24, 2021:  Grant cycle opens for the 2021‐2022 Neighborhood Enhancement Program
  • May 14, 2021:  Applications due by 5:00 pm
  • July 2021:  City Council awards grants
  • August 2021 – June 2022:  Project implementation
  • June 30, 2022:  Grant completion deadline (all expenses must be incurred by June 30, 2022)
  • July 8, 2022:  Deadline for submitting to the City for payment, all reimbursement requests (with itemized, legible receipts)
  • August 26, 2022:  Project Report deadline


The City’s proposed funding for the Neighborhood Enhancement Program is projected at $60,000 for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.  Eligible grant recipients are City-recognized neighborhood associations, homeowners associations and Lake Oswego-based community groups with neighborhood association sponsorship.  Grant awards will generally be limited to $10,000 per neighborhood, however, larger project amounts will be considered.

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 partial 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 an existing sculpture (not commissioning new works) 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 information needed for residents to access the supplies should be coordinated with David Kainoa, the city's liaison with PrepLO.  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.


2020-21 Awards and Proposals

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


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