Greetings Portland Do-Gooders,

Ever had an idea for a civic project in Portland but didn’t feel you have the funds or support to carry it through? We’d like to help.

A few Portland enthusiasts have started a small annual fund ($1000) to support small-scale projects aimed at making our city an even better place to live.

Portlanders are encouraged to apply for funds for their specific project by April 1st, 2013. Requests for funds can range anywhere from $5-$250. Selections will be made based on creativity and community impact. Check out our Facebook page for past winners and more information.

In order to apply please send the following:

  1. A one page (or less) explanation of what you intend to use the funds for.
  2. Two community references (not family members)

Just a few examples of the kinds of things/projects we would fund:

  • Planting flowers in public spaces
  • Community garden start-up
  • Putting together a neighborhood Easter egg hunt
  • Serving coffee on the bridge to bikers and pedestrians
  • Constructing a poetry kiosk in your front yard
  • Buying materials to decorate trees in the park during Christmas time
  • Enhancing a local bus stop with flowers, books, seating, etc…

INSPIRE US WITH YOUR IDEAS!

Email: pdxpep@gmail.com

Recipient #1: On an early weekday morning   John planted himself outside of his favorite Portland coffee shop with a homemade sign and free coffee coupons. He fearlessly approached coffee patrons with his offer. While some were skeptical at first, all were grateful for the unexpected generosity from a stranger.

Recipient #2: These three young Portlanders (Daniel, Amelia and Ruby) made their own bingo machine, posted signs promoting bingo in the park, and provided free entertainment to anyone who was interested. Between donuts, lemonade, and laughter attendees (whether they stumbled upon it or planned to be part of it) had a lot of fun.

bingocoffeejohn

In February we gave a $250 PEP Grant (or a “Seed” grant) to Erin & Mara’s project The Seedlot to help them get their communty larning-based garden project off the ground (or into the ground). The grant helped them launch their website, do soil testing, and buy materials for their lot (including compost bins). Here’s a little more about their project:

The Seedlot is a community-based educational garden in the Clinton neighborhood of SE Portland, Oregon. Serendipity and good fortune have brought together a vacant lot, a generous landlord, two dedicated garden-educators, and a great smattering of friends and resources to make this happen.

At the heart of this project is the conviction that it is a fundamental human right (and potentially, soon, a necessity) to provide yourself with fresh, organic food from the land upon which you live. Furthermore, we think that growing one’s own food (and flowers, and medicine…) is a revolutionary act. It is at once the most important thing we can do to restore our environment, health, and communities, and the most visceral and compelling way for a human of any age to learn.

Backyard gardening was once integral to our culture and lifestyles, but there remain few resources for this unique type of knowledge and learning. While families, schools, and farms begin to carve out space and time for garden-based education and to assert its value, we believe that ultimately, this is something that is within local communities’ best interests and abilities to provide.

During the time we have access to this space, our intent is to develop The Seedlot into a self-sustaining community learning garden that could be replicated by any neighborhood–a bigger agenda we call Project Beet Generation. We will host work parties, classes, and food swaps, and intend to share as many plants, seeds and resources as possible with anyone interested in growing the revolution.

Find out more at their website or Facebook page:

http://theseedlot.org/

https://www.facebook.com/TheSeedlot

They sent us this nice card…

Summer PEP grant recipient Jonathan Winslow and his National Park(ing) Day site in NW Portland

Ever had an idea for a civic project in Portland but didn’t feel you have the funds or support to carry it through? We’d like to help.

A few Portland enthusiasts have started a small annual fund ($1000) to support small-scale projects aimed at making our city an even better place to live.

Portlanders are encouraged to apply for funds for their specific project by May 1st, 2012. Requests for funds can range anywhere from $5-$250. Selections will be made based on creativity and community impact. Check out our Facebook page for more info and to see our Summer 2011 winner

In order to apply please send the following:

  1. A one page (or less) explanation of what you intend to use the funds for.
  2. Two community references (not family members)

Just a few examples of the kinds of things/projects we would fund:

- Planting flowers in public spaces
– Putting together a neighborhood Easter egg hunt
– Serving coffee on the bridge to bikers and pedestrians
– Constructing a poetry kiosk in your front yard
– Buying materials to decorate trees in the park during Christmas time
– Enhancing a local bus stop with flowers, books, seating, etc…

INSPIRE US WITH YOUR IDEAS!!!

Sincerely,

M&C

Email: pdxpep@gmail.com

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