After delays due to COVID-19, the Kenton Neighborhood Association is pleased to announce the recipients of $12,000 in grants funds from North Portland Trust Fund (NPTF) Kenton Placemaking Grant under Portland Parks & Recreation and managed by North Portland Neighborhood Services.
Applications under the Kenton Placemaking Grant were eligible to apply for awards ranging from $500 up to $5,000. Grant awards were determined by an evaluation committee, selected by the KNA Board of Directors, of individuals that live and/or work in the Kenton neighborhood. This year’s committee comprised Angela Moos, Caitlin Popp, Daniel Sweet, Dionica Curry, Gloria Pittel, Melissa Bancuk, Nadia Benyahich and Ruby Buchholtz.
9 grant applications were received this year, requesting more than $30,000.
Under the NPTF, the Kenton Placemaking Grant was established to support 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.
Special thanks to all those that participated in the process, from grant applicants to committee members, and our partners at North Portland Neighborhood Services, Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland International Raceway and Green Savoree.
Community Video Streaming: Can’t make the meeting? No problem! Video conferencing capabilities will be added to the Historic Kenton Firehouse, which provides free, accessible meeting space to a diverse range of organizations based in Kenton and across North Portland where such space is at a premium. This grant will engage community members that can’t physically attend activities at the Historic Kenton Firehouse, be it due to COVID-19, disabilities or a scheduling conflict. $2,180
Street Mural on N Fenwick and N Winchell: A chance to brighten a street intersection with a street mural will take place at N Fenwick and N Winchell. Neighbors plan to encourage a community-driven process to bring neighbors together and slow the speed of traffic. The grant funds will help cover supplies and provide incentives for our neighbors to participate in the design process. $1000
Proper Kenton Community Thanksgiving Festival: Keeping the highly praised annual event in operation, free Thanksgiving dinners made with skill and love will be provided to Kenton neighbors and the rest of the North Portland community along with live music and a welcoming attitude of humble service. Monies from the grant award will go directly into buying food and supplies needed to feed the community. $2000
POC Prom: A formalwear, red carpet gala event for cultural producers of color working in Portland will take place at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center. The celebration promotes conversation and networking opportunities for Indigenous, Black and non-Black people of color with a particular focus on LGBTQIA+ individuals of color. With support from this grant, PPE and streaming infrastructure can be obtained for the event. $1500
Kenton Parkside Artspace and Distanced Community Meeting Place: Join in the conversation and planning for a visual rendition of the racial and economic history of Kenton. A series of 2′ x 7.5′ panels will be mounted outdoors at the corner of N Willis and N Brandon on the exterior of the newly installed patio in the parking strip. Grant funds will support the commissioning of artists from the Kenton community to paint the rich historical narrative of the neighborhood upon the panels. $2000
Black Lives Matter Mural at Green Zebra Grocery: Continuing in the theme of greater inclusiveness, a mural will be painted by Christian Grijalva (AKA Fire Kat) at Green Zebra Grocery with the vision of the mural centered around the Black Lives Matter movement and Breonna Taylor. Funds from the grant will be used for supplies and commissioning the artist to bring the project to life. $2000
Anti-Oppression Medicinal Herb and Food PermaGarden: A garden with an exciting concept will be built at the newly opened Argyle Gardens Apartments, a deeply affordable housing complex. This new garden will provide an abundance of healthy vegetables and herbs to support residents’ health and wellbeing. The grant award will support various elements of the garden projects such as an accessible raised bed, covered shelter and cob bench. $1320
Please note: Portland Parks & Recreation and the Office of the City Attorney have to approve the grantees for eligibility before a grant contract can be signed and funds dispersed. As result, these award amounts are subject to change.