SE Uplift 2023 Community Grants Available

SE Uplift believes communities become stronger when neighbors come together, across differences to build connections to one another and create a shared vision for change. Through two grant programs, groups with a project located in the SE Uplift district area–and/or that will serve the residents of the district–may apply for funding to help shape the places where they live, work and play. SE Uplift provides training and technical support to help applicants submit a strong proposal and see their ideas through to completion.

The Community Small Grants program awards grants ranging from $300 to $4,900 for projects that increase the number and diversity of people engaged in the broader community; that strengthen the community’s capacity to build leadership, identity, skills and relationships; and that increase the ability for the community to impact public decisions and community life.

The IDEA Communications Grants program awards grants up to $1,000 for eligible communications-related projects that focus on increasing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) within the SE Uplift district area.

Applicants for both grant programs must be a nonprofit organization, community group or collaborative project team; individuals are not eligible to apply.

Additionally, applicants must be one of the following: a) a federally-designated 501c3 nonprofit tax-exempt organization; b) fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit tax-exempt organization; or c) will apply for fiscal sponsorship through SE Uplift if selected to receive a grant.

Past SE Uplift grant recipients must have completed their projects by the due date and submitted their final reporting paperwork to be eligible. Current SE Uplift grant recipients must contact SE Uplift prior to applying to verify that they have made sufficient progress toward completing their grant project.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of SE Uplift’s grant information workshops. Workshops will include an overview of project criteria and eligibility requirements, tips for writing successful grant applications and opportunities to ask questions and get feedback on project ideas. Online workshops are scheduled for Sunday, November 6 and Sunday, November 20, 6-7:30 pm both days. Register at

Applications are due by Tuesday, November 22, 11:59 pm and applicants will be notified of their funding status by December 16. Contact Alex Cherin, SE Uplift’s Partnerships & Grantmaking Programs Manager, at 503.232.0010 x 312 or with questions.

SE Uplift 2023 Community Grants Available

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