Central Northeast Neighbors Coalition (CNN) awarded $10, 390 in grants to community groups and organizations that will engage underserved neighbors in four projects in 2017!  We are grateful that the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement provided $8, 390 in grant program funding.  Additional contributions of $2, 000 were provided by CNN to increase community engagement and leadership. We also recognize the importance of the grassroots efforts that we could not fund this year.  We will continue to support small grants as a priority and build community together. 

Building Community Together.
The Small Grants Program supports efforts that achieve one or more of the following goals: 
 Increase the number and diversity of people who are engaged in their communities and neighborhoods. 
 Strengthen community and neighborhood capacity to build community leadership, identity, skills, relationships and/or partnerships. 
 Increase community and neighborhood impact on public decisions and community life.

Avanza Program                 
Edúcate Ya, Inc.

Youth leadership and community organizing program for Latinx youth. The goal is to bring together a cohort within CNN to participate in leadership, skill, and coalition building with 8 trainings and a community project. The sessions include 

Teamwork, Ethics/Values, Culture/Oppression, Government & Public Policy, Community Organizing, and more.

Community Space Creation and Celebration

Jason Lee Parent Teacher Association

The goal of this project is to create a community-envisioned welcoming outdoor space for kids, parents, and the community to gather and enjoy. The project will culminate in a celebration of the creative power of community. The majority of the students at Jason Lee in Madison South are Asian, Latino, and African American-80% are on free/reduced lunch. 

New Year in the Park 
Hmong American Community of Oregon

This project is to support immigrant and refugee community organizers to host a SE Asian New Year community celebration at Glenhaven Park on NE 82nd Ave. Cultural performances, food, music, and resources will be presented. The event is relatively new and builds leadership and partnerships between diverse groups as well as attracts thousands of people to join the festivities. 

Scott School Kermés Community Celebration and Resource Fair
Scott School Parent Teacher Association

The Kermés multicultural celebration is to strengthen community identity and to inspire in parents and neighbors a sense of investment, responsibility, and pride in the education of the children in Cully. More than half of the students speak a language other than English at home. This effort will provide resources to bring families, neighbors and groups together. The event is planned by a racially diverse group of parents and teachers.