City of Roses Community Enhancement Grant Program

Learn more about our grant and determine if your organization is a good fit to apply for funding.

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An Exciting Opportunity...

Elevate Oregon is thrilled to partner with Oregon Metro to administer the City of Roses enhancement grants. This grant is funded by fees collected at City of Roses Disposal and Recycling. This is part of a regional Community Enhancement Program to fund community grants near each of the region's garbage transfer facilities.

This program provides funds to non-profits, schools, and local governments who implement programs, services and community improvements in a designated grant boundary area. Funds can be awarded for projects that provide programs and services to underserved populations, improve neighborhood livability and safety, and improve natural areas and the environment.


Click here to see the list of our 2023 Grantees!

Click here to see the  2023 City of Roses Enhancement Grant Boundary Area.

Click here to learn more about the program goals and types of eligible projects.

Youth-Focused Grantmaking

One of the most exciting features of this program is its focus on equipping and empowering our youth toward success through actively engaging them in the grantmaking process. This program centers student learning and the development of key leadership skills while also giving our youth the ability to self-determine how grant funds get invested back into their community.

The City of Roses Grant Team is comprised primarily of high school students in the Elevate Oregon program and a few adult community members who review grant proposals and select grant recipients each year. Student participants also receive one-on-one individualized leadership coaching throughout the process.

Click here to read more about how the program is impacting and empowering our youth!

COR Grant Boundary

Enhancement Grant Boundary Area (2023)

The grant boundary area generally encompasses areas of NE and SE Portland enclosed by:

NE Marine Dr (North)

162nd Ave (East)

Foster Rd (South)

and 82nd Ave (West)

All grant applications must propose projects that deliver benefit to the people and communities within this geographic boundary.


*The grant boundary is subject to change with each new grant cycle.*

2023 Grant Process 

Elevate Oregon awarded approximately $100,000 in one-year grants.

The maximum grant award was $25,000.

Applications Open: January 1st, 2023

Application Deadline: February 27th, 2023

The Community Enhancement Committee reviewed grant applications during March, April, and May and announced awards at the end of May. Funding began July 1st, 2023.


*Online applications for the 2024 grant cycle will open on January 1st, 2024*

Click here to view the 2023 Grant Application Handbook


For more information or to be added to our mailing list, contact KJ Mack, Community Engagement Specialist,