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2012 Neighborhood Small Grant Recipients
1. 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade, 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association. Amount funded: $4000. The 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association will use grant funds to support and expand its sixth annual community parade. The goal of the project is to increase entertainment through the addition of two marching bands and add television advertisements to better reach and engage more members of the community.
2. Brentwood-Darlington Communication Plan, Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association. Amount funded: $3675.
The Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association plans to create a comprehensive communication plan to raise awareness of the association and better serve the community as a hub for neighborhood involvement and civic engagement. Funds will be used to update the organizational newsletter, website, social networking and marketing materials. Additionally, light pole banners will be created and hung to define the association boundaries and evoke a sense of neighborhood identity.
3. Living La Vida Healthy Fair “Passport to a Healthy Community”, Bridger School PTA. Amount funded: $4195.
Jim Bridger PTA plans to host a neighborhood fair in the Montavilla neighborhood with the theme of promoting community, safety, academics and healthy habits. The event will include a neighborhood group bike ride to familiarize families with a safe bike route and a resource fair with a variety of informational materials. Funds will also be used to purchase give away items for participants including bikes lights and helmets and children’s books written in a variety of languages to represent all the diverse cultures at Bridger School.
4. Ice Cream Social in the Park, Brooklyn Action Corps. Amount funded: $1500.
The Brooklyn Action Corps requests funds to support its 10th Annual Ice Cream Social in the Park. Each year the event helps to raise awareness of the association and provides an opportunity for board members to interact with and engage neighbors and businesses in a fun, informal setting. Funds will help to offset costs for varied entertainment including music, a bounce structure, a rock wall a balloon artist and a face painter.
5. 3rd Annual Buckman Picnic in the Park, Buckman Community Association. Amount funded: $2000.
The Buckman Community Association plans to host its 3rd Annual Picnic in the Park. The goal of the event is to introduce the association board to new and diverse community members, strengthen existing Buckman community ties and to provide a free and fun venue for neighbors from varied backgrounds to meet and build relationships. Funds will support publicity, entertainment, refreshments and other event related costs.
6. The Language Garden Tile Mural Project, DA Grout Elementary PTA. Amount funded: $3000.
Grout Elementary School is launching a tile mural project entitled, the Language Garden, which will connect Grout students and families who recently arrived in the U.S. as immigrants and refugees and who currently reside at nearby Kateri Park and Esperanza Court. Cooperatively, a mural will be created incorporating the more than 20 languages spoken at Grout Elementary. The finished mural, displayed on an exterior school wall, will create a welcoming gathering space for neighbors of all ages and backgrounds.
7. Keep Division Alive and Well During Construction, Division/Clinton Business Association. Amount funded: $2000.
The project proposed by the Division/ Clinton Business Association is designed to bring residents to Division and Clinton Streets during the numerous construction projects scheduled to start in early 2012. Funds will support a series of monthly events to build community, attract local residents and keep the business district vibrant during this time.
8. Feast for Southeast Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Feast for Southeast. Amount funded: $1000.
The 3rd Annual Feast for Southeast is a Thanksgiving Day event for the community by the community. Volunteers will work with one of Oregon Culinary Institute’s chief instructors to plan and prepare this meal, which will be free and available to all neighbors. The event will establish a time and place where long-standing relationships can be built among diverse community members.
9. July at Milagro, Miracle Theatre Group. Amount funded: $2500.
The Miracle Theatre group plans to host a month-long series of evening and weekend creative workshops for families and adults in music, dance, circus, crafts and cooking. The workshops will culminate in street fair at the end of July, which will be free to neighbors and feature music, live circus demonstrations, refreshments and art and crafts vendors.
10. The Montavilla Food Engagement Project, Montavilla Food Co-op. Amount funded: $2000.
The Montavilla Food Engagement Project aims to increase the diversity and engagement of members and volunteers by reaching under-served residents in the surrounding neighborhood. The project will include canvassing of under-served neighbors, informational workshops and translation of printed materials into four predominant languages to reach a broader demographic and increase access to local, healthy food.
11. MSANA Neighborhood Survey, Directory and Meeting, Mt. Scott Arleta Neighborhood Association. Amount funded: $3875.
The Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association proposes a project to begin to fully engage neighbors through an all-household survey and a community meeting to discuss trends and prioritize any issues of concern or project ideas that arise from survey results. Additionally, the project will consist of the creation of a neighborhood directory with detailed information about pertinent community resources.
12. North Tabor Identity Project, North Tabor Neighborhood Association. Amount funded: $4760.
The North Tabor Neighborhood Association plans to design and install utility pole banners along major streets to create a visible neighborhood identity and communicate a sense of neighborhood pride. In addition, a community health and safety fair will be held to provide information about resources available within their neighborhood and the city, and also to better engage neighborhood in the Neighborhood Association.
13. Community Classes for Adults with Special Needs, On-the-Move Community Integration. Amount funded: $5000.
On-the-Move Community Integration will use grant funds for a new project that will offer free multi-cultural enrichment and reading classes for adults with developmental disabilities. The project will help to combat the social isolation and discrimination experienced by adults with disabilities by providing courses that forge community, self-esteem, cultural understanding and improved education.
14. People of the Drum, Portland Takiko. Amount funded: $2000.
Portland Taiko’s People of the Drum project will bring musicians from diverse backgrounds together with a team of youth muralists to create an interactive arts experience for SE Portland neighbors. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Native American, Japanese, Aztec and African cultures through traditional arts, which share common roots while remaining culturally distinctive.
15. Arleta School Gardens, Public Harvest. Amount funded: $1500.
The Arleta School Gardens project will convert under-utilized areas of the Arleta school grounds into gardens filled with fruiting shrubs and native plants. After landscaping improvements, the community will be invited onto the grounds to care for and harvest from its plantings and as a result, the school will become a community space maintained and cared for by its neighbors.
16. Sunnyside Park Equipment Sharing Program, Sunnyside United Methodist Church. Amount funded: $3053.
The Sunnyside United Methodist Church proposes a new park equipment sharing program where families using nearby Sunnyside Park can have easy, equitable-to-all access to items such as balls, juggling and chess sets, jump ropes and Frisbees. Acknowledging the economic diversity of neighbors, grant funds will allow the church to offer these items on a suggested donation or free basis. The project aims to bring people together; promote good health and create a friendly, cooperative community.