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Neighborhood Enhancement Program Grants
The 2019-20 Grant Cycle is Now Open!
About the Neighborhood Enhancement Program
The Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) supports neighborhoods by providing grants for projects or programs that provide a community benefit.
- 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.
- Have neighborhood/community support.
- Identify and provide detail on who will be responsible for completing the work.
- For physical improvements, be located on public land.
- Be designed for no or low maintenance (and will be maintained by volunteers).
- 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).
- For emergency preparedness projects, provide shared resources to the neighborhood or community, rather than fund individual preparedness items.
- For neighborhood parties, picnics and other social events, funding is generally limited to $300.
- Be completed and expenses incurred through June 30, 2020, the end of the grant cycle. Submit all invoices and/or requests for reimbursement to the City no later than July 10, 2020. Provide the City with a project report, due by August 28, 2020. 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.
Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 26, 2019.
The City’s proposed funding for the Neighborhood Enhancement Program is projected at $60,000 for the 2019-20 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. The City Council will adopt the 2019-20 fiscal year budget in May-June.
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.
For the 2019-20 NEP Guide and Application, click here.
For the 2019-20 NEP Recommended Team Captain Supply List, click here.
For the 2019-20 NEP Street Tree Guide and Application, click here.
2018-19 AWARDS AND PROPOSALS
2017-18 AWARDS AND PROPOSALS