Past Grant Projects

Launched in 2020, Central Eastside Together’s Community grant program is designed to bring community ideas to life. To date, Central Eastside Together’s Community Grant Program has awarded $72,540 in funding to 10 local nonprofits completing projects within the Central Eastside.

Central Eastside Together is focused on funding projects supporting houseless services, workforce development, placemaking, community building, environmental stewardship & citizen engagement. The grant is funded through the Enhanced Services District as outlined in the service plan.

“During the COVID-19 crisis, it is more important than ever to come together as a community in support of projects that reflect our district values and benefit all. This first round of funding supports the goals of our ESD. We are excited to see the momentum these projects will bring.”

Executive Director, Kate Merrill

The following organizations received funding during the Fall 2020 Cycle:

  • Bricks Need Mortar
    • Provides coaching and technical support to 12 small businesses in the CEID. Support will strengthen businesses within the CEID by providing educational resources, panel discussions, and group coaching. Through a combination of technical assistance and coaching, Bricks Need Mortar aims to save as many small businesses as possible from closure and economic instability.
  • Human Access Project
    • The River Hugger Swim Team is a program of Human Access Project (HAP) whose mission is Transforming Portland’s Relationship with the Willamette River. In a time where activity is limited this grant will provide sponsorship of the team for the 2021 season.
    • Based inside of Autodesk, Portland Women in Tech (PDXWIT) empowers individuals within the Portland-area tech industry by offering community and skill-building events, mentorship, and access to jobs and opportunities. This grant will provide updates to their software to move their programming entirely virtual. It will also cover speaking fees to ensure diverse voices and perspectives are heard and amplified.
  • Streetbooks
    • Street Books will support spring and summer outreach in southeast Portland from June-October, 2020. Librarians will offer books, reading glasses and conversation to patrons living outside and at the margins. They will set up the bike library each week outside St. Francis Parish and lend books to people who visit the parish during the lunchtime hours.

The following organizations received funding during the Spring 2020 Cycle:

  • Portland Street Medicine
    • Brings the Bike Outreach Program to the Central Eastside. The program delivers street medicine services to areas where the homeless congregate that are not accessible by car or where a large van is impractical.
  • Portland Street Art Alliance
    • Creates additional murals for The Central Eastside Mural District, a world-class public art destination in the industrial heart of Portland.
  • Trash for Peace
    • The Central Eastside Canner project aims to deepen understanding about canners in the district and support the film documentation of Ground Score’s work in partnership with Outside the Frame.
  • Milagro Theatre
    • Organizes a district walking tour of the Central Eastside, centered around community constructed altars honoring the Dia de Muertos tradition of Mexico.
  • Architectural Heritage Center
    • A self-guided walking tour guide of the architecture of the Central Eastside. The tour journeys through the district’s unique historic architecture that has defined the district over time and new buildings that reinforce its current identity.
  • Hygiene 4 All PDX
    • CAHOOTS and AORTA will partner with and train H4A’s houseless attendants in de-escalation, and disrupting racist, sexist, anti-LGBTQ, neuro-diversity intolerant harm. This will prepare them to offer peers dignity and health-enhancing bathrooms, showers, trash drop-off, and first aid on the Central Eastside.

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