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Neighborhood Enhancement Program

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About the Neighborhood Enhancement Program
The Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) supports partnerships between the City of Lake Oswego and its neighborhoods by providing grants for projects or programs that provide a community benefit.

Through a competitive application process, qualifying neighborhood associations are awarded grants for specific projects or programs that that can help to build the capacity of neighborhood associations and increase neighborhood involvement, and would not be accomplished under another City program.

Proposals will be accepted within the following project/program categories.  Grants will not be awarded for landscaping, traffic calming, or other projects that require long-term maintenance.

Grant Opportunities for 2013-2014 Fiscal Year - APPLICATIONS DUE 6/24/13
Based on neighborhood association feedback, the opportunity to apply for NEP grants is being offered earlier in the year. Moving the application period from fall to spring provides an extended timeframe for neighborhoods to execute their projects.

Each City-recognized neighborhood association is eligible for up to $5,000 in grant funds for projects in the following categories:

  • Street Tree Planting.  The City will fund the planting of new street trees in the public right-of-way. Please see the supplemental Street Tree Planting grant materials listed below.
  • Neighborhood Signs. The City will continue to award grants for the fabrication and installation of neighborhood signs to help strengthen neighborhood identity. Recognizing that wooden signs need periodic maintenance, neighborhoods may also apply for funds for the maintenance/repainting of existing neighborhood signs, not more frequently than every four years.
  • Emergency Preparedness. Help your neighborhood to be more resourceful and resilient. EXAMPLE: Develop a neighborhood-wide or sub-area directory with contact information and any pertinent info on neighborhood resources available in the event of an emergency.
  • Neighborhood Sustainability. Help to reduce your neighborhood’s carbon footprint. EXAMPLES: Hold a large-scale recycling event with multiple dumpsters where your neighbors could recycle items such as electronics, furniture, appliances, oversized plastic, etc.; organize a day-long sustainability training for neighbors through The Natural Step, an educational non-profit organization; create a neighborhood tool library.
  • Association Leadership and Capacity Building. Help your organization to be more effective in its role, mission and goals. EXAMPLES: Meeting facilitation or communication training for your board, newsletter or web site development.
  • Community Building. Help to build community partnerships, build neighbor-to-neighbor relationships and get more people involved in making your neighborhood a great place. EXAMPLES: Hold a neighborhood event, or a program/project to help build partnerships between neighborhood organizations or help underserved populations.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Sarah Selden at 503-635-0290.