Neighborhood Small Grants support projects that empower and involve community members to shape and create their neighborhoods.
The goals of the Neighborhood Small Grant Program are to increase the number and diversity of people who are involved and engaged in the broader community; strengthen community capacity to create change by building community leadership, identity, skills, relationships and partnerships; and increase community impact on public decisions and community life.
STEP 1: REVIEW THE GRANT HANDBOOK
Review our Grant Handbook for guidance on who can apply, what projects are eligible, how to complete the application, and more. You can also refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
STEP 2: GET INSPIRED
Take a look at our Past Grant Recipients to get your creative juices flowing. This is also a great way to see what types of projects were successful in the past.
STEP 3: ATTEND A GRANT WORKSHOP & GET SUPPORT
Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of our grant information sessions, which will include workshops an overview of project criteria and eligibility requirements, tips for writing successful grant applications, and opportunities for attendees to ask questions and get feedback on project ideas.
There will be two in person workshops on November 8th and December 9th. To register please click here!
If you are unable to attend a workshop, we will also be hosting two online webinars for interested community members on November 16th and December 5th. To register for the November webinar please click here. For the December webinar please click here.
We’re Here to Help!
In addition to providing workshops, SE Uplift staff are available to provide project idea advice, answer questions, review draft applications and provide feedback before the deadline. Contact SE Uplift’s Director of Programs and Strategy at email@example.com or call 503-232-0010 ext. 312 to discuss your proposal, schedule a meeting, or submit a draft application for review.
STEP 4: COMPLETE THE APPLICATION
PDF DOCUMENTS: Save a copy of the form to your computer. Open the document, fill in your answers, save it as a PDF, and send it back to us. Please note that if you fill in the form in your internet browser, it will not allow you to save your answers.
WORD DOCUMENTS: Save a copy of the form to your computer. Open the document, fill in your answers, save it as a word document, and send it back to us.
A complete grant application must include the following components. Do not include any additional documents. You do not have to use the forms provided. If you choose to create your own form, please answer all questions in the order they are listed.
Application Component Form
Cover Page: The cover page should be the first page in your application and will provide a reference and summary for reviewers. Cover Page: (WORD, PDF)
Narrative: The project narrative should not exceed three pages single spaced. To ensure all required information is included and to assist the review committee, please answer all questions in the order they are listed. Narrative Form: (WORD, PDF)
Budget: Complete all four columns of the budget form. Budget Form: (WORD, EXCEL, PDF)
Proof of Eligibility:
• Nonprofit organizations: Include your IRS nonprofit determination letter.
• Projects with fiscal sponsorship: Include your fiscal sponsor’s IRS nonprofit determination letter and the fiscal sponsor verification form.
• Projects applying for fiscal sponsorship with SE Uplift: Include SE Uplift fiscal sponsorship request form. For more information on fiscal sponsorship see the overview document.
Fiscal Sponsor Verification Form (WORD, PDF)
SE Uplift Fiscal Sponsorship Request Form (WORD, PDF)
FS for Grant Projects Overview (PDF)
Partnership Letters (if applicable): Include a letter of support from any partner organizations explaining how they will actively participate in the project. Partnership Letter Example (PDF)
STEP 5: SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION
Applications are due by 4 PM on Monday, January 8, 2018. Applications can be submitted by email, mail, or dropped off at the SE Uplift Office. Email submission is preferred.
MAIL: SE Uplift
Attn: Kelly Fedderson
3534 SE Main St
Portland, OR 97214
DROP OFF: SE UPLIFT
3534 SE Main St
Portland, OR 97214
Mon-Thurs 10 AM-5 PM
If you have questions about the application or submission process, contact SE Uplift’s Director of Programs and Strategy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-232-0010 ext. 312.