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, neighborhood and homeowners associations are awarded grants for specific projects or programs that that would not be accomplished under another City program.
Grant Opportunities for 2014-2015 Fiscal Year - APPLICATIONS DUE 6/16/14
UPDATE: Proposed budget was increased from $40k to $50k for the Neighborhood Enhancement Program. Individual neighborhoods now eligible for up to $10k each in grant funds.
$50,000 is budgeted* for grants during the 2014-2015 fiscal year. City-recognized neighborhood associations, and homeowners associations are eligible to apply. Each neighborhood is eligible for up to $10,000 in grant funds, and may partner with one another to combine grant funds and apply for a larger project.
Grants will be awarded for projects that fit within one of the following grant categories:
- Small Capital Projects. In 2013, Council added this category to accomplish additional neighborhood improvement projects that did not fit within other project categories. If your neighborhood has a Small Capital Project in mind, please contact staff early to begin discussing whether the project would qualify, how the Public Works Department needs to be involved, and to explore project costs. EXAMPLES: Projects completed under this category in 2013-2014 were a public art installation, playground improvements and trailhead kiosks.
- 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.; create a neighborhood tool library. NOTE: The City is not holding a community-wide cleanup this June. Neighborhood associations are encouraged to plan neighborhood cleanups, with the City’s help. The City will provide a cleanup guide and is available to help neighborhoods plan their event.
- 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.
- 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.
* City Council is scheduled to adopt the 2014-2015 budget in early June, and award the grants on July 29, 2014.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Neighborhood Planner Sarah Selden at 503-635-0290.