Metro Community Placemaking Grants  

Applications open: January 5, 2018

Applications due: Noon on February 2, 2018

Awards announced: Mid-April, 2018

Funds available: Late June, 2018

The Community Placemaking program supports creative, community-driven projects that strengthen social fabric, foster connection to place and involve and benefit communities of color and other historically marginalized communities.

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Funding Available

  • Up to $160,000 is available for the 2018 cycle, in grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. No matching funds are required.
  • Up to $100,000 can be awarded to projects in the Metro region outside the 2018 target area described below.
  • This year’s target area aligns with Metro’s work within the Southwest Corridor. Up to $60,000 can be awarded to projects within the this target area, which includes the cities of Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood, Durham and portions of Southwest Portland and unincorporated Washington County.
  • There is a single application for all applicants, regardless of where the project is located.

2018 Target Area: Southwest Corridor*

* This opportunity is available in a specific geographic area, which does not include all of Clackamas County. Those interested in applying will need to determine whether their project meets the outlined criteria.


Partnerships are key to a competitive proposal. Project proposals should demonstrate broad community support for implementing the proposed concept. The primary applicant may be a community based organization, city or county, property owner, local business owner or other entity, and must satisfy the following:

  • Community-based organization must have support from the property owner (city or private owner) where the project will take place.
  • Public agencies must have community partners involved in the implementation of the project and a plan to involve the broader public.
  • Unincorporated organizations need a fiscal sponsor (a state certified, federally approved 501(c) non-profit) or can partner with a public agency. That fiscal sponsor must have must have a federal employer tax ID number and capacity to contract with Metro.


Grant criteria

A competitive application will satisfy multiple criteria in each category.


  1. Prompts social interaction and connection to place
  2. Provides an engaging or creative event, activity or destination for the community
  3. Uses art as a tool for engagement and change
  4. Strengthens existing cultural and local assets
  5. Equity


Addresses a community challenge or opportunity:

  1. Involves and benefits communities of color or other historically marginalized communities
  2. Eliminates barriers to participation in placemaking activities for communities of color or other historically marginalized communities
  3. Is actively supported by communities of color or other historically marginalized communities



  1. Engages the public in the planning for and participating in the project’s implementation
  2. Involves partnerships that bring different or new groups together
  3. Includes contributions (financial or otherwise) from other entities
  4. Enhances regional efforts where Metro is actively engaged – within the 2018 target area ( or 2040 growth concept areas (



  1. Is led by people of color or members of other historically marginalized communities
  2. Builds capacity for organizations and individuals to participate in civic processes
  3. Enhances the social and/or economic livability of the community

Minimum grant requirements

  • Projects must be located within the Urban Growth Boundary.
  • Projects must be completed by early Fall 2019.
  • Projects must be clearly achievable given proposed resources and personnel.
  • Projects in public spaces must demonstrate support from the local jurisdiction.
  • Projects must have a designated fiscal sponsor that will be responsible for proper use, accounting and reporting for all grant funds. If the main applicant is not eligible to serve as fiscal sponsor, the applicant must identify a project partner who will serve in this capacity. Note that if the fiscal sponsor is not a non-profit or government entity, grant funds may be considered a gift and may be taxable. Metro reports all grant distributions to the IRS.

Restrictions on use of funds

Community Placemaking grant funds may not be used for any of the following purposes:

  • Activities or events held outside the Portland area Urban Growth Boundary
  • Materials or costs not tied to the proposed event/project
  • Costs that may be incurred in preparing this grant application
  • General organizational support, annual appeals or fund drives
  • Direct grants or loans that primarily benefit specific individuals or businesses
  • Any attempt to: directly influence legislation or public policy; participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office; induce or encourage violations of law or public policy or improper private benefit to occur
  • Activities or events held on property whose owner discriminates against individuals or groups because of race, color creed, national origin, sex, age or disability, in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, as amended; 42 U.S.C. Section 2000d; Section 303 of the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; 42 U.S.C. Section 6102; Section 202 of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990; 42 U.S.C. Section 12132


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