Grant Opportunity: Metro Community Placemaking Grants Open August 6

Applications open August 6

With the start of summer, it’s time to start thinking about the next round of Metro’s Community Placemaking grantsThe 2022 application will be online for eight weeks, beginning August 6 through October 1 at noon. Up to $193,000 will be awarded in grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 for community-led efforts in the Portland region that strengthen people’s connections to each other and the places they care about. Watch emails in the coming weeks for updated application materials and dates for virtual info sessions.


Video responses to application questions

Once again, you can make a video of yourself or your team responding to the application questions instead of writing them. From the online application, you will choose to answer written questions or insert a link to your video. Remember, the people reviewing your application will focus their evaluation on what you propose to do. They do not judge applications on the quality of your writing or the production value of your video. And coming soon: a tutorial video on how to plan for, record and upload your video for submission.


Community engagers

We are recruiting a new team of community engagers to help us spread the word about this grant opportunity. We are looking for people with very strong ties to Black, Indigenous and POC communities in Clackamas, Washington and east Multnomah Counties (areas not well-represented in past application pools). Engagers will spend a few, self-directed hours a week in August and September connecting with people and will receive a $1,000 stipend, half in July and half near the close of the application in late September.


Does this sound like a good fit for you?

  • You have strong community connections and ways to communicate with Black, Indigenous and POC communities in Clackamas, Washington or east Multnomah Counties.
  • You are comfortable working independently.
  • You are willing to learn a lot about the grant program by having conversations with me, the grant manager, and reading materials about past grantees and the 2022 application handbook.
  • You can spend about a few hours a week through the summer helping people learn about the grant program.
  • Bonus, you also speak another language and can help Metro think through ways to make this program more accessible to people most comfortable communicating in languages other than English.


Interested in participating? Tell us a little about yourself and how you’d go about engaging people. Read more and apply by June 29.


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