Metro is currently accepting applications for Community Placemaking grants to support community-led, equity centered arts and culture based efforts that strengthen people’s connections to each other and the places they care about. Up to $200,000 in grants, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, will be awarded for the 2023 cycle.
Strong proposals are grounded in racial equity and address a critical community challenge or opportunity. The program seeks to listen to the community and fund ideas for solutions to specific challenges. Many past Community Placemaking grants have focused on healing and restoration. Every community has different needs that require different approaches.
Community-based organizations with a nonprofit status, community groups or individuals without a nonprofit status with a fiscal sponsor and public agency with community partners can apply. All grant-funded activities must take place within Metro’s urban growth boundary, which encompasses the Portland metro.
Past recipients include Vestal Social Justice Night and Storytelling Project, an event that took place in May in partnership with PSU’s Artist as a Citizen Initiative and Montavilla Jazz, and the June event at Hacienda Portland Mercado. The Mercado houses multiple businesses and was especially hard hit by COVID-19.
Applications will be accepted through Friday, October 7 at noon, and will be reviewed by a panel made up of people of color working at the intersection of arts and culture and social justice. Awards will be announced in early January 2023 and grant-funded activities can take place March 2023-June 2024.
Staff are available to help applicants think through their proposals and prepare a strong application. Learn more and ask questions at a virtual info session Wednesday, September 7, 12-1 pm. If you’re unable to attend, a recorded session can be viewed.
The links for the live session and recorded session, as well as additional information, can be found at bit.ly/PlacemakingLinks.