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 for community enhancement projects in Kenton 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.
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 KNA to be granted additional funds, totaling $10,000 for 2019.
In addition to Kenton, the neighborhood associations of Arbor Lodge, 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.
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 will be available by April 1 here and at the Historic Kenton Firehouse (2209 N Schofield). Announcement of the Kenton Placemaking Grant Program will also be published in the next Kenton Connect, set for delivery in March.
Please contact us for any questions.