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Congratulations to our 2023 Grantees!

We would like to thank the Grant Review Committee for their many hours of careful consideration and thoughtful discussion. Together they evaluated and provided feedback available to 34 applications!

Scroll to view the IDEA Communications Grants Recipients and the Community Small Grants Recipients.

2023 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Communications Grant Recipients:

SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition Awards $2,740 in IDEA Communications Grants to 3 Community Projects for 2023!
Each year, SE Uplift provides community groups with a small amount of funding to be used for communication and outreach efforts. Our priority for communication and outreach funding in 2022-23 is to make funds available to our diverse SE Portland community and to ensure funds support strategies and best practices for effective and accessible outreach and community engagement. The IDEA Communications Grants will be awarded to communications projects that focus on inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility.



Woodstock Neighborhood Association

The Woodstock Neighborhood Association Outreach Project is designed to ensure more accessibility and inclusion for Woodstock residents in their neighborhood association by providing information in multiple languages, updating tech equipment to provide more inclusive hybrid Zoom meetings, and increasing volunteer coverage to address website and social media updates and maintenance.

Sellwood Community House

Sellwood Community House seeks to broaden and improve their communication to reach a larger, more diverse audience about the free and affordable programming they offer for people of all ages. To meet that goal, they plan to conduct a direct mail campaign to send their program to thousands of addresses in their zip code and in neighboring Milwaukie.

Growing Gardens

Their project will increase the inclusivity of their work in SE Portland within the Vietnamese community located in and around the Jade District. They will create a Vietnamese-translated Home Gardens Manual for participants enrolling in their 3-year home-scale gardening program. This project will help the expansion of their program support for low-income households experiencing food insecurity in SE Portland.


2023 Community Small Grants Recipients:

SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition Awards $61,971 in Community Small Grants to 15 Community Projects for 2023!
Community Small Grants program offers the opportunity to engage community members across the city. By offering seed-money, training, and technical support, the program enables people and organizations to identify community needs, develop collaborative projects, and see ideas through to completion. The Community Small Grants program builds the skills and capacity of project leaders to shape the place where they live. Increased capacity creates confidence and from confidence grows ongoing engagement of new community leaders.
SquiresThe Young Father Workshop is a free workshop for young and expecting fathers (25 & under) The workshop delivers knowledge and resources through gender and age specific lenses as well as a gift card, children’s book, food, and child care.
Passion ImpactThe Volunteer Event Program (VEP) is a school long program that works with and is led by a group of high school students. The VEP provides leadership and organizational skill building opportunities for students who help to put on civic engagement events for their school community.
Independent Publishing Resource CenterThe IPRC is a community organization and print and publishing resource center. They plan to coordinate two Open Studio Events that will involve 10 Artists, Screenprinters, and Letterpress printers in order to provide a fun, family-oriented space for newcomers.
Resolutions Northwest“Navigating White Supremacy Culture: a Cohort of BIPOC Changemakers” aims to provide space for deeper connections and learning through coaching sessions, facilitated conversations, and activities. This will be a supportive space where BIPOC changemakers can explore strategies that increase their ability to not only survive but thrive and make long lasting impacts within their organizations and communities.
Hygiene4AllUnsheltered staff leaders at H4A will organize within their respective communities to produce a monthly newsletter highlighting the physical and psychic harms that unsheltered people, especially from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, already face in shelters and outside.
Brooklyn Bloom ClubBrooklyn Bloom Club’s objective is to cultivate food sovereignty and access to nature for Queer and BIPOC folks through educational and community building opportunities by partnering with neighbors, local businesses and nonprofits, and local and state governments.
All Saints Episcopal ChurchWith support of volunteers, All Saints wants to build a pergola for their food pantry to provide weather protection and access for their most vulnerable neighbors. 
Portland Indigenous MarketThe 2023 Grand Opening of Indigenous Marketplace will be their first event in SE Portland this spring. This is a significant event because they just moved into a new location.
Montavilla Farmer’s MarketMontavilla Farmers Market will launch a Power of Produce CLub this winter season to promote and support farmers, educate market-goers on winter vegetables, and engage their youngest community members in the local food system.
East Portland CollectiveEast Portland Collective is creating a UV/Glow-in-the-Dark exhibition for Portland Winter Light Festival. Their exhibition is a free collaborative art experience for the whole community designed to bring people together to talk about their futures, aspirations, and their dreams.
Foster Powell Neighborhood AssociationThe Foster Powell Neighborhood Street Painting project will be painting a mural at an intersection on the Center Street greenway to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Throughout the process, the community will provide their input and support in the design and implementation as well as be encouraged to participate in their painting party..
Growing GardensTheir project will expand their program into SE neighborhoods to provide home gardens at no cost in order to increase food access for low-income families experiencing food insecurity. 
St. Peter & Paul Episcopal ChurchSaint Peter & Paul Church seeks funding to pilot a series of approximately 16 artistic workshops open to house and unhoused artists, culminating in a public showcase and sale of artists’ work. This opportunity for housed and unhoused neighbors to work together in a creative and radically inclusive space is an important step in building local capacity to address the housing crisis affecting their neighborhood.  
Sunnyside Neighborhood AssociationThe Sunnyside Shower Program has provided access to hygiene necessities and creates a welcoming community space for houseless folks in our neighborhood. This effort has been run entirely by volunteers, some of whom are currently or recently houseless themselves. A paid Shower Coordinator position can compensate a houseless volunteer for their labor, alleviating hardships they face, and strengthening the longevity of the Shower Program.
RIchmond Neighborhood AssociationThe  goal of this project is to provide a telehealth booth for their houseless neighbors in the Richmond neighborhood to provide them with the resources to access medical, psychiatric, and substance use services. The telehealth booth will provide access to needed services with health clinics in the area that we will partner with on this project. The intended audience will be involved in the concept, design, and implementation of the project.
Woodstock Farmers MarketWoodstock Farmers Market endeavors to enhance the scope and reach of their Kid’s Day Celebration through celebrating diverse food cultures found in their neighborhood. Their goal is to implement strategies that will increase diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
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