Through the North Portland Trust Fund (NPTF) under Portland Parks & Recreation, the Kenton Neighborhood Association has been allotted $10,000 to establish the NPTF Kenton Placemaking Grant Program for community enhancement projects that increase connections people have to each other and the places they care about; engage historically marginalized and/or underrepresented communities; and sustain those already involved and/or strengthen existing programs.
Applications under the Kenton Placemaking Grant will be eligible to apply for awards ranging from $500 up to $5,000. Grant awards will be determined by an evaluation committee, selected by the KNA Board of Directors, of individuals that live and/or work in the Kenton neighborhood.
Grant and evaluation committee applications are available here and at the Historic Kenton Firehouse (2209 N Schofield). Announcement of the Kenton Placemaking Grant Program was published in a Kenton Connect delivered in March, 2019.
- April 1: Applications available
- April 8: Evaluation Committee application closes
- April 13: Grant Workshop, 10:30am, Historic Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon Ave)
- April 22: Grant Workshop, 7:00pm, Historic Kenton Firehouse
- April 15: Selection Committee chosen by KNA Board
- May 15: Grant application closes at 2:00pm
- June 30: Grant award chosen
A City Resolution passed in 1996 established the NPTF to capture a portion of revenue gathered by the Portland International Raceway (PIR) at events requiring a noise variance. North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS) was selected to administer the community enhancement grant program. The return of IndyCar to PIR in 2018 brought the first major contribution from a noise variance event in over a decade, thus reactivating the Trust Fund as a grant program with a total of $35,000 to distribute in 2019.
Each North Portland neighborhood association was given the option to establish a separate service area and grant selection committee within the NPTF Placemaking Grant with $2,500 for projects primarily benefiting that respective neighborhood.
Years of active engagement by Kenton neighbors on noise abatement and livability issues (created by PIR variance events) allowed the Kenton Neighborhood Association to be granted additional funds, totaling $10,000.
The neighborhood associations of Arbor Lodge, Kenton, Overlook, and University Park have elected to create their own grant programs and grant selection committees within their service areas under the NPTF Placemaking Grant. This leaves NPNS with $17,500 to administer a concurrent grant program throughout the remaining North Portland neighborhoods of Bridgeton,Cathedral Park,East Columbia, Hayden Island, Piedmont,Portsmouth and St Johns.
Each project grant applicant is only eligible to apply for funding under a single NPTF Placemaking Grant service area.
The Kenton service area is defined with these boundaries:
- Northern: The channel of the Columbia River that separates this region of Portland from Hayden Island.
- Southern: N Lombard Street
- Eastern: I-5
- Western (traveling from north to south, respectively): Follows N Portland Road, N Columbia Boulevard and N Chautauqua Boulevard.
During the past 10 years, the KNA and other Kenton groups and individuals have been awarded grant funds that have helped transform our community into a more lively and invigorated neighborhood. This new North Portland Trust Fund Kenton Placemaking Grant will continue to support local efforts to enhance quality of life and an opportunity for existing residents to increase creative activities and create a distinct sense of place in our neighborhood.
Along with the three main goals of the Kenton Placemaking Grant, here’s a short list of where past grant awards have started Kenton on this path.
- Increase connections people have to each other and the places they care about – Art is often a very good manner in which to reach this goal. Think about the fun car mural on the garage door at Guarantee Auto on N Lombard. It’s a lasting example a grant where art is increasing visual pleasure and stopping graffiti.
- Engage historically marginalized and/or underrepresented communities – What can be better than the grant that built the Kenton Community Garden? Not only is gardening a healthful way to better serve our neighbors’ nutritional options, but gardening also encourages folks to participate and work together, sharing cultural food and ideas.
- Sustain those already involved and/or strengthen existing programs – What community activity is there in Kenton every May? Of course, it’s the Kenton Street Fair! It was first started with a small grant to help with initial marketing and promotion, which helped boost the grassroots efforts to launch what has become a very successful community building and engagement activity.
Other beneficial grants have led to restoration projects at the Kenton Masonic Lodge and Historic Kenton Firehouse, the removal of a parking lot that has become the outdoor landscape at DISJECTA, the welcoming new signage above Parkside Pub, a very fun artful garden gate at the Kenton Community Garden and most recently the restoration of our beloved Paul Bunyan Statue.
The KNA is looking forward to seeing what neighbors come up with next. We’re certainly here to help you with the process, so please consider attending one of the grant workshops. Bring your ideas, and we’ll continue to make Kenton the best neighborhood ever!
Please contact us or reach out to the Grant Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-823-4099.