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 $115,557 in funding to 15 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.

The following organizations received funding during the Spring 2021 Cycle:

  • Color Outside the Lines
    • The Belonging Series Project brings together BIPOC artists and youth, alongside the Portland community, to collaboratively create murals on the east side of the Willamette River. In addition to working on the murals, youth will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops and discuss the impacts of the past year on their lives, including COVID-19  and racial justice issues, in hopes of beginning conversations that will realign our community on a path of healing. Color Outside the Lines will invite the Portland community at large to engage with a Speaker Series to complement the grand “reveal” of the murals. 
  • City Team
    • In order to address the growing issue of poverty and the need for criminal justice reform, CityTeam is launching an innovative program to prevent the intersectional experiences of poverty, homelessness and recidivism among young people who are formerly incarcerated, criminal justice system impacted or exiting foster care.
  • Milagro
    • Milagro’s El Zocalo Plaza Activation Project includes a series of bicycle safety video shorts, community engagement workshops, mini-concerts and bike rides in the Green Loop of the Central Eastside from now through the summer of 2022. 
  • Rewild Portland
    • Rewilding Free Skills Series will offer a monthly outdoors skills class at the Esplanade for the houseless community and outdoor enthusiasts. The class will teach self-sufficiency skills such as plant identification, first aid, making cordage, simple basket weaving and tent repair to a diverse population, connecting neighbors to place and cultivating resiliency through applied learning. Rewild Portland works in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, P:ear, Cascadia Wild and The Columbia Basin Basketmakers Guild.
  • Portland Opera
    • Portland Opera is partnering with Ballet Folklorico and Latino Network to provide public performances and artistic programming related to the opera “Frida,” including a street mural and live Mexican folk dance, at the OMSI Bridge Lot, just north of the Hampton Opera Center on Water Avenue. Portland Opera  will also present additional live, free opera performances at  this location throughout the remainder of summer 2021.

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.
  • PDXWIT
    • 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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