The City of Eugene Neighborhood Matching Grants cycle is now open with $30,000 available for neighborhood improvement and community-building projects. Community involvement and building relationships are key components and are encouraged by requiring that the project budget include a match amount equal to, or greater than, the grant request. Demonstrating responsible stewardship of our community assets while balancing our community’s social and environmental values are additional components of any project proposal submitted.
Projects may include, but are not limited to:
- Physical improvement projects that involve recreation or public safety facilities, natural resource features, public art and spaces, or community gardens. Projects that improve universal accessibility are also encouraged.
- Public school partnership projects that benefit school children and the immediate neighborhood.
- Neighborhood-based events and celebrations.
- Capacity building initiatives that serve to create, diversify, or increase participation in a neighborhood-based organization or promote an understanding of issues important to neighborhood residents.
- Outreach, research, education or organizing projects that address planning-related topics such as transportation (pedestrian or cyclist safety), land use (neighborhood or area planning) or public safety (disaster planning, neighborhood mapping, neighborhood safety).
Grant guidelines and application materials are available on the City’s web site, www.eugene-or.gov/matchinggrants, and at the Permit and Information Center located at 99 W 10th or by calling Cindy Clarke at 541-682-5272.
All projects will be required to undergo a pre-review by November 1, 2013. This review for consistency with grant guidelines and existing plans and policies of the City and other partner agencies allows for the applicant to submit a robust and complete application for this competitive process.
Final applications are due on January 14, 2014. Awards will be announced in April 2014.