Community & Civic Engagement Small Grant Program

The Small Grants Program is now closed. Please check back in November 2020 for updated information.

Community & Civic Engagement Small Grants support projects that empower and involve community members to shape and create their communities. 

The goals of the 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.

Preference will be given to projects:

  • That have strong community support and involvement.
  • Submitted by, or in direct partnership with, organizations predominately led by and/or involving people from historically underrepresented or underserved communities including communities of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income people, renters, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people.
  • Directly related to Census or Voting work, including efforts to increase voter turnout and increasing the census count/education among hard to count communities.

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 Questionsfor more information.

STEP 2: GET INSPIRED

Take a look at our past grant recipientsand our project inspiration round-up 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 (RSVP REQUIRED)

        

Please select a workshop above to RSVP. If you are unable to attend, we strongly encourage you to review the information in THIS PDF. 

On Wednesday, Jan 15th from 5:30-8:30 pm there will be open office hours at SE Uplift for community members interested in the Small Grants Program. This will be a time when you can stop by without scheduling an appointment to meet with staff one-on-one, access a quiet space to work on your application, have proposals looked over; refreshments, laptops, and wifi will be available.

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 Community Resources Manager at muz@seuplift.org to discuss your proposal, schedule a meeting, or submit a draft application for review.

STEP 4: COMPLETE THE APPLICATION (3 easy ways to apply)

SUBMIT ONLINE: Complete the application through the online form and attach all required documentation. Contact Muz Afzal if you do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours of submitting your application. Scroll to the bottom of this page for online 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. Contact Muz Afzal if you do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours of submitting your application.

 

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. Contact Muz Afzal if you do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours of submitting your application.

 

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. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of submitting the application please contact Muz Afzal.

Application ComponentForm
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, 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(WORD (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 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020. Applications can be submitted online, by email, mail, or dropped off at the SE Uplift Office. Email or online submission is preferred. 

MAIL: SE Uplift
ATTN: Muz Afzal
3534 SE Main St
Portland, OR 97214
DROP OFF: SE UPLIFT
3534 SE Main St
Portland, OR 97214
Mon-Thurs 10 AM-5 PM
EMAIL: muz@seuplift.org


QUESTIONS?

If you have questions about the application or submission process, contact SE Uplift’s Community Resources Manager at muz@seuplift.orgor call (503) 232-0010 ext 319.


Community & Civic Engagement Small Grant Application

Community & Civic Engagement Small Grants support projects that empower and involve community members to shape and create their communities.The goals of the 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. Contact SE Uplift's Community Resources Manager, Muz Afzal, at muz@seuplift.org or call (503)232-0010 ext 319 if you have any questions or concerns about completing this application.
  • Please select one of the options and include the associated proof of eligibility documents with your application. Please attach all documents at the end.
  • Briefly (75 words or less) summarize the activities and objectives of your project, involvement of key partners, and anticipated outcomes. Please use full sentences.
  • Include the purpose and rationale for the project, the specific activities you plan to carry out with grant funds, the objectives and anticipated outcomes, how you will measure success, and how the project meets one or more of the Neighborhood Small Grants program goals. (300 words or less)
  • Identify the target audience(s) that your project will engage, how they will be involved as active participants in the project, and if they have been involved in the design of the project. Please also include how many people you expect to participate. (300 words or less)
  • Include how you will build awareness of your project in the community and what outreach methods you will use to reach your target audience. (300 words or less)
  • Include your organization’s or project team’s qualifications for carrying out this project and how they reflect the community you hope to engage. Identify any project partners and describe their anticipated role. (300 words or less)
  • Provide a simple timeline of the steps you will take to accomplish your project. Please include your expected start and completion dates and all major project milestones. (300 words or less)
  • This is a narrative version of your project budget. Include why budget items are necessary to complete the project and if they are based on best guesses or estimates from vendors. Identify how grant funds will be leveraged through volunteer time, in-kind donations, or other financial contributions. (300 words or less)
  • Download the budget form from the website, complete and attach here.
  • Please attach 501c3 determination letter and accompanying fiscal sponsorship verification or request form. (max uploads: 2)
    Drop files here or
    • Please attach partnership letters, photos, statistics or any other supporting documentation in this section. (max uploads: 4)
      Drop files here or