SE Uplift is thrilled to announce the launch of our new Creative Engagement Grant Program. These grants will fund the creation of original neighborhood association projects that inspire Portlanders to think about and engage with their community in new ways.
At the core of this new grant program is our desire to inspire, recognize and support innovative strategies for engaging our communities in civic life and promoting neighborhood association participation. We hope to get people more deeply engaged in their communities, amplify what it means to be a neighbor, and ultimately reanimate Portland’s Neighborhood Association system.
The Creative Engagement Grant will enable neighborhood associations to push the scope and scale of their activities, develop and pursue partnerships with artists and arts organizations, and engage with their communities in inventive and meaningful ways.
Projects should foster neighborhood association participation through public art, design, or social events that prompt the viewer to reflect, interact, and ultimately take action to improve their community.
Grant applications will be available in the beginning of January 2014 and will be due in April 2014. We are currently hammering out the details, including application requirements. In the meantime, take a look at these project examples to get your creative juices flowing.